Middle school: on the way

Sunday Evenings 7:00- 8:30 PM for 7th – 8th

St. Charles Parish cooperates with parents in offering Christian formation for middle school students in grades 7-8, which includes preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation, through our On the WAY program.

Our On the WAY program prepares young Catholics for the Sacrament of Confirmation in a dynamic way by using materials from Decision Point. We also teach and inspire them to respond and cooperate with God’s grace in all the circumstance of their daily lives, long after their Confirmation has passed. It is our hope that through the program our young Catholics will engage in meaningful conversations in our small group setting and be inspired to respond to God’s grace.

Students in our On the WAY program begin their pre-preparation for Confirmation during their 7th Grade year to complete Year I. In the next year in 8th grade they move into Year II.  After, students have completed both Year I & II students are confirmed in the spring of year II. During this time of preparation, the student is asked to commit to completing a series of Sacramental Preparation Requirements to include a saint report, service hours, and a sponsor assignment, and attend Confirmation retreat. In addition, each student must faithfully participate in Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation.

Any High School students who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation should speak to the Religious Education staff for proper class placement.

Class Name:  Confirmation Year I or Confirmation Year II  


St. Charles On the WAY program is made available to registered parishioners of St. Charles Parish. If you are not registered to the parish, you may register here online.

Step 1: Complete our official Registration Forms

Step 2: Complete payment via Faith Direct or by mailing your check to St Charles 3304 Washington Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 memo: Religious Education

Tuition prices are $95 for one student, $190 for two students in the same family, and $235 for three or more students in the same family. Registration must be completed each year.

CALENDAR 2019-2020


Confirmation Mass & Rehearslas

Confirmation Mass: Friday, May 1st 7:00 PM
Confirmation Rehearsal: Sunday, April 26 7:00-8:30 PM

Parent & Sponsor Meetings (All meetings are mandatory for year II confirmandi)

Sunday, Septemeber 22 7:30-8:30 PM Room 105
Sunday, March 1 7:30-8:30 PM Room 105

Confirmation Retreat & Field Trip

Confirmation Retreat: Friday - Saturday, March 27-28th More details to follow
Field Trip: Sunday, December 8th -Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception



A sponsor for Confirmation accompanies the candidate on his/ her journey of growing deeper in faith and helps the candidate recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit whose gifts will be strengthened through the sacrament.

Please, turn in your assignment to your Confirmation Leader.


Students are encouraged to choose a Saint who will draw them closer to Christ and serve as a role model of faith. Create a project using a tri-fold poster board on the saint you have chosen as your Patron Saint for Confirmation. 

Please, turn in assignment to your Confirmation Leader.


Each city will work towards a service project throughout the year.  Jesus said, “Here I am among you as one who serves.”

Please, turn in your assignment to your Confirmation Leader.



BASH is our largest gathering of Catholic middle school students (6th- 8th graders) every year! This event is a celebration of our Catholic faith and love of the Lord. We are planning for hundreds of middle school students to gather for an evening of faith, fellowship, and fun!

This event includes music, games, inspirational speakers, confessions, and Sunday Vigil Mass. BASH is designed to be open to any Middle School aged youth that want to attend, St Charles incorporates it as part of our Confirmation prep program for Year I. We ask that all Confirmandi in Year I attend.

WHEN: Spring 2020  
WHERE: Bishop O’Connell High School, Arlington, VA 
COST: FREE for students in Year I
HOW TO SIGN UP: More details to follow

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