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St. Charles Parish supports parents in offering instruction in the faith, including sacramental preparation, for children in grades K-6, through a variety of programs.


GRADE BASED PROGRAM: Kindergarten - 6th Grade; Thursday Night 6:15 – 7:30 PM 

Each child in the Grade Based Program receives either a weekly handout (Kindergarten) or a workbook (Grades 1-6) that contains the weekly lessons and pages for family use. Supplemental materials are used in class as needed.  Classes for Kindergarten – Grade 6 are limited to 16 children. Preference for classes is given to registered parishioners on a first come, first served basis.

Class Level:  Kind. -  1st  -  2nd  -  3rd  -   4th  -  5th  -  6th

Class Code:  GB K - GB 1 - GB 2 - GB 3 - GB 4 - GB 5 - GB 6  

REECH: (Religious Education for Exceptional Children)

If your child would benefit from a religious education class adapted for children with special needs, please indicate REECH in the Class Code box on the registration form.  We will contact you to discuss further how we might best serve your child.

Class Code: REECH  

FAMILY PROGRAM: Kindergarten - 6th Grade

The Family Program meets monthly on Sundays from 4:00 pm-5:45 pm.  The goals of this program are to allow families to gather together for faith formation and to support parents in passing on their faith to their children.  Each meeting will begin with a large group gathering.  Parents will be the Catechists and will have the responsibility to lead table discussions and children activities, track attendance, maintain accountability, and inform program directors/parish staff of potential concerns. 

Family Program requirements: 

Parents choosing the Family Program will be informed of the following expectations:

  • All parents must attend a curriculum training on implementing the materials.

-September 6th 7:00-8:00 PM at St. Charles Room 105 or

-September 5th 7:00-8:00 PM at Cathedral of Saint Thomas More

  • Complete Arlington Diocese background check and VIRTUS training - Email Francesca Gross for packet. 

  • Participation in 2 parent formation nights throughout the year

  • Consistent follow-through on completing home-education lessons with children.

Parents who fail to satisfy these requirements may be asked to switch to the traditional Grade-Based Program, especially during sacramental prep years.

Class Code: FAM

HOME BASED PROGRAM: Kindergarten – 6th Grade 

Each child will receive a workbook that contains the weekly lessons.  Parents receive a manual to accompany the child’s workbook.  Parents and child/ren should seek to establish a consistent meeting schedule.  This program needs a volunteer coordinator to assist with gathering families on a periodic basis and sharing information among those enrolled in the Home Based option.  If you are interested in preschool at-home materials, please contact Francesca Sayre for suggestions on materials to purchase for your use. Please, note that if you want to register for our Home Based Program email Francesca Gross for instructions.  

Class Level:  Kind.  -  1st  -  3rd  -  4th  -  5th  -  6th

Class Code:   H K   -  H 1  -  H 3  -  H 4  -  H 5  -  H 6  

ATRIUM PROGRAM: Age 3 - 6th Grade 

The Atrium Program uses a Montessori approach to religious education which incorporates Scripture and manipulatives to teach about the Catholic faith.  Each child works at his/her own pace.  Class size is limited to 12 children.  Preference is given to registered parishioners on a first come, first served basis.  Please note that this is a multi-year program where material covered in following years builds on material presented in previous years.  Thus, Atrium Level I is a prerequisite for Atrium Level II. Please, note that you must get approval from the DRE Francesca Gross before registering, due to the prerequisites required. 

Class Level: Level I (Age 3 - 6 )   Level II (Age 6 - 9) Level III ( Age 9-12) 

Class Code:         A1                             A2                        A3


RELIGIOUS Education Calendar 


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Dear First Holy Communion Parents,

This year is a very special time for you and your child who will be receiving the sacraments of First Penance and First Communion. Before the day arrives for the reception of these sacraments there is a lot to be done in terms of preparation. You as parents have the responsibility to help your child prepare for the sacraments. The parents are the primary catechists and have an irreplaceable role in your children’s faith. It is important you are showing the importance of going to Mass weekly, receiving the Sacraments frequently, and reinforcing Religious education at home. Together as a community, we are here to serve the needs of the parish and to cooperate with the teachings of the Church.  The catechists are here to work with you and help guide you through this time. Please, note that if a child is showing a pattern of absences, this will be a cause for concern and will be addressed. 

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