Faith Formation Programs
Click here to register for and see more information about the 2016/2017 Faith Formation Class Schedule.
Pre-K 3 through Grade 8: Weekly classes are held for children of registered parishioners in pre-kindergarten through grade 8 during the academic year. The curriculum is based on the major themes of the Catholic faith balanced in the areas of Scripture, Prayer and Worship, Catholic Doctrine, Christian Living, Faith-in-Action, and Fellowship. There are many choices of days and times.
High School (Grades 9–12) Youth Ministry (AGAPE): St. John Neumann has a comprehensive Youth Ministry program that incorporates Prayer and Worship, Christian Formation, Fellowship, and Outreach. The goal is to provide high school youth with a community where they will enjoy growing in both their faith and their friendships. In addition to the weekly Sunday Night High School program (6:15–8:00 pm), activities include Search retreats, social events (Kings Dominion) and service projects (mini-work camps and faith-in-action projects). There are also week long summer service opportunities at the Diocesan Work Camp. To learn more about AGAPE please click here.
ARE (Adapted Religious Education): ARE is a program available to elementary, middle, and high school students with developmental challenges and disabilities. Students become engaged in their faith by using experiential and symbolic learning. These sessions are on Sunday mornings, 11:30 am throughout the year. Contact coordinator George Dellagiarino via email (email@example.com) for more information.
Home School: Parents of children in Grades 3 through 6 who are interested in praying and learning together as a family have the option of Home Schooling. All Faith Formation registration fees, dates and deadlines apply to Home Schooling. Materials and resources will be provided by the Faith Formation Office.
Youth RCIA: Children who are in the 7-12 grades who are unbaptized or have only received the Sacrament of Baptism will enter the Youth RCIA. Following two years of study they will complete the Sacraments of Initiation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.
Sacrament Programs – First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation: Our parish sacrament programs engage families and the church community. Sacraments require in-home, family-centered preparation, which is guided and supported by the Faith Formation staff. Registration for the sacrament programs is a separate process. Materials and information are mailed during the school year to the parents of second graders and eighth graders who have met the educational requirements and are enrolled in and regularly attend faith formation classes. For more information, visit the parish website for sacrament eligibility requirements.
High School Confirmation This group for high school students meets on Sunday evenings, 6:15–7:30 PM. It is for teens who want to receive the sacrament of Confirmation and who did not attend faith formation classes while in 7th grade and/or 8th grade.
In 2005 the Bishops of the United States (USCCB) issued the revised Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The Charter includes guidelines for dioceses and parishes to increase the safety of children. It requires attendance at a VIRTUS seminar (“Protecting God’s Children”) and a background check of parish volunteers having regular, ongoing interaction with minors.
Additionally, the Charter directs all dioceses and parishes to implement safe-environment programs to be presented to youth enrolled in a parish school or faith formation program. These lessons will be presented in grades 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8. A DVD presentation, “Called to Protect,” will be presented to high school teens. The curriculum for Formation in Christian Chastity may be found on the parish website.
Please contact Mickie Abatemarco at 703-390-2340 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.