K - 12 Religious Education


RE CartSt. Ambrose offers religious education classes for students in grades K-12 who attend public or other non-Catholic schools which include the preparation necessary to receive the Sacraments of First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.


The St. Ambrose Religious Education program strives to support parents in handing on the Catholic and Apostolic Faith to their children by offering a systematic presentation of the Faith in union with and in fidelity to the Holy Roman Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ.

Registration Information

We are pleased to offer online registration for the 2021 - 2022 academic year.  Payment of tuition and fees may be made online at the end of the registration process.  Please be sure to read through the handbook before registering.

Register online here for 2021 - 2022 Religious Education at St. Ambrose.

Class Time & Location

Grades K-2: Wednesdays from 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm in St. Ambrose School from September 15, 2021 - May 25, 2022

Grades 3-12: Wednesdays from 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm in St. Ambrose School from September 15, 2021 - May 25, 2022

Online Homeschool Option

An online homeschool option for students in grades 1-8 is available.  Courses are asynchronous/self-paced.  Click here for more information.  Watch a seven minute parent video here. Please be sure to read through the online homeschool handbook before registering.

Register online here for 2021 - 2022 Online Homeschool Religious Education.


St. Ambrose Parish respects parents’ right to homeschool their children.  Parents that are interested in homeschooling their children for Religious Education should notify the Religious Education Office and maintain contact with the Director of Religious Education regarding diocesan policies and guidelines, especially those pertaining to Sacramental preparation.


Do you love your Catholic faith?  Are you able to work with children?  Are you willing to dedicate a few hours each week to their faith formation?  If so, please prayerfully consider becoming a religious education catechist, co-catechist, classroom aide or hall monitor.

All Religious Education volunteers must become compliant with the Diocese of Arlington Child Protection Policy, to include a background check and VIRTUS seminar.

For more information, contact Therese Ryan, Interim Director of Religious Education, online here or at 703-280-1122.

Religious Education Office Contact Information

Therese Ryan
Director of Religious Education, Interim



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Important Dates for First Communion 2022

First Communion Rehearsal

  • Friday, May 13, 7:00pm, School Gym
  • Attendance is mandatory for all children

First Holy Communion

  • Saturday, May 14 
  • 9 - 9:45am | Individual photos will be taken in the St. Ambrose School annex; a parent must accompany each child for this. Order forms available upon arrival.

  • 10am: Check- in for all First Communicants  in the St Ambrose School foyer

  • 11am: First Holy Communion Mass

Important Dates for Confirmation 2022

Student Interviews
October 11-13, 2022 from 3:30 - 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Confirmation Mass
Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm