The goal of the Religious Education Program at Saint John the Apostle in Virginia Beach, VA is to minister to all parishioners the love of Jesus Christ through instruction on the teachings of the Catholic Church. Through our program, we invite all parishioners to lifelong spiritual, moral and intellectual conversion to Jesus Christ that is lived out in the Catholic Faith.
KINDERGARTEN - EIGHTH GRADE
Religious Education Classes are held on Sundays from 12:45 – 2:00 pm and Mondays from 6:15 -7:30 pm. Classes meet September through April. Please use our website to register students online (Credit Cards and PayPal only) OR print forms to turn into the parish office (Cash and Check only). Discounts apply for early registration and payment is expected at the time of registration. The registration fee is waived for Catechists and reduced for Aides. Class assignments for students are given on a first come first serve basis.
Students in the following grade levels have the option of home instruction via an online program using the same textbook series (Faith & Life) that we use: 1st, 3rd – 8th grade. Families should pay the regular registration fee and a portion of that fee will be used to set up the online access provided by MyCatholicFaithDelivered.com. The DRE will have the ability to check up on individual students and their progress in work. Students in second grade or those preparing for the sacraments (i.e. Baptism, First Penance, First Communion) should be enrolled in a regular class – there will be no option for online instruction due to the work that needs to be done. Any other specific questions about homeschooling should be directed to the DRE.
SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS
Children of Light Ministry is a ministry to students with special needs (physical, emotional, intellectual) and their families. We provide guidance to catechists to best instruct children with special needs, as well as provide support for families who choose to homeschool their children based on these situations. We meet with parents and students to determine the best preparation for their religious instruction. For more information, please contact John Domingo in the Parish Office.
Baptized adult Catholics who have already celebrated their first Eucharist but who have not been confirmed, are invited to contact John in the Parish Office for a special class separate from RCIA to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Classes are normally given twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring, always on Sunday mornings after the 9:15 am Mass.