K - 12 Religious Education

We are unable to use our school building for Religious Education this year.  Therefore, instruction for grades 1-6 and 8 will be entirely online/asynchronous.  Grade 7 will meet weekly on Sunday mornings in-person in the Parish Hall from 8:30 am - 9:45 am.  High School will meet weekly on Thursday evenings in-person in the Parish Hall from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.


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.

*Famlies with students in grade 7 or high school only.  All others should register using the Online Homsechool Option below.

Class Time & Location

Grade 7: Sunday mornings from 8:30 am - 9:45 am in St. Ambrose Parish Hall from September 13, 2020 - May 23, 2021

High School: Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in St. Ambrose Parish Hall from September 17, 2020 - May 27, 2021

Grades 1-6 and 8 are entirely online/asynchronous.

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.  Watch a seven minute parent video here. 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 First Communion 2021

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

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

Important Dates for Confirmation 2021

Confirmation Interviews
Tuesday, October 12 - Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Confirmation Retreat
Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Confirmation Rehearsal
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Confirmation Liturgy
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Important Dates for First Communion 2022

Parent Meeting (Mandatory)
Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm

First Penance
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm

First Communion Retreat
Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

First Communion Rehearsal
Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm

First Holy Communion
Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11:00 am

Important Dates for Confirmation 2022

Parent Meeting (Mandatory)
Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Interviews, retreat, rehearsal and Confirmation liturgy dates TBD.