K - 12 Religious Education

While we hope to open on-time and in-person this fall, please note that our ability to do so is dependent upon directives from government, local health, and diocesan officials.  Class dates and times are subject to change pending further developments.

The safety of our students and volunteers is our top priority.
We will make every effort to ensure a safe learning environment for all.


St. 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 2020 - 2021 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 2020 - 2021 Religious Education at St. Ambrose.

Class Time & Location

Classes are held Sunday mornings from 8:30 am - 9:45 am in St. Ambrose School from September 13, 2020 - May 23, 2021.

Online Homeschool Option

We understand that not all students will be able to return to school in-person this year.  Therefore, we are offering an online homeschool option for students in grades 1-8.  Courses are asynchronous/self-paced.  Click here for more information.  Please be sure to read through the online homeschool handbook before registering.

Register online here for 2020 - 2021 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 Nicole Filipowski, Director of Religious Education, online here or at 703-280-1122.

Religious Education Office Contact Information

Nicole Filipowski, M.T.S.
Director of Religious Education



Important Dates for Confirmation 2020

Works of Mercy Hours
Due Monday, September 14, 2020

Confirmation Interviews
September 15 - 17, 2020 from 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Confirmation Retreat
Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Confirmation Rehearsal
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Confirmation Mass
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Important Dates for First Communion 2021

First Communion Retreat 
Saturday, April 24 - time TBD

First Communion Rehearsal
Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 pm

First Communion Mass & Reception
Saturday, May 15 at 11:00 am