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If you have school-age children (1st grade through 12th) who do not attend a Catholic school and you live within the parish boundaries of St. Lawrence and are not registered, please fill out a Parish Registration Card found in the vestibule of the church or at the parish office before registering for Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) classes. New students will need to have certificates or copies of all sacraments received.

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)

A Confraternity devoted to providing religious education and instruction for converts and young people who do not have the opportunity to attend parochial schools. The CCD was first established in the 1500s as a result of the reforms of the Church through the Council of Trent (1545-1563). It was intended to improve and offer religious education for young people and adults in Milan who, for various reasons were unable to receive proper catechetical instruction. Much encouragement and leadership for the CCD was provided by some of the greatest figures of the era, including Sts. Charles Borromeo, Peter Canisius, Francis de Sales, and Robert Bellarmine. It was also supported by the popes, starting with Pope St. Pius V, who approved the new catechism in 1566.

The modern history of the confraternity dates from 1905 and the reign of Pope St. Pius X (1903-1914). He expanded and renewed its activities, publishing some twenty-one documents on catechesis, although the most important was the encyclical letter Acerbo Nimis (1905). He ordered that the program of instruction be established in every parish, including the directive in the Code of Canon Law of 1917. Its work was affirmed yet again in Christus Dominus, Decree on the Bishops Pastoral Office in the Church (October 28, 1965), issued by the Second Vatican Council.

The confraternity originates from the various Roman curial congregations concerned with Catholic education, direction passing to the various organs of the Church on a national level. In the United States, national authority is in the hands of the Division of Catechesis/Religious Education in the Department of Education of the United States Catholic Conference. The program then passes to the diocesan level where, ideally, education is headed by a diocesan director. In the parish, a local director, who is supposed to be well-trained in catechetical instruction, administers a program customarily developed by a parish commission or board.

Rite of Christian Imitation for Adults (R.C.I.A.)

R.C.I.A. is a program designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God's help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully. Additionally it is intended to assist those adult Catholics who wish to prepare themselves for the receipt of one or more of the Sacraments. Other adult Catholics desiring to learn more about their faith are encouraged to attend R.C.I.A. sessions. St. Lawrence R.C.I.A. sessions are conducted on Tuesday evening from 7:00 - 8:15 PM in Hammond Hall. For more information, please contact the Director of Religious Education, Anne Marie Pierce at 703-971-8541.

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Office of Catechetics
Anne Marie Pierce, Director
Religious Education Office
(703) 971-8541 or email

Registration for 2017-2018 is now Open -
Register before August 1 to avoid a late fee
(click above for form)


ALL children not attending a Catholic School who are in the first grade and up should be enrolled in the Religious Education Program.

For Tuition Assistance see FORMS AND DOCUMENTS or click on link above to open Letter.

Volunteers are always needed in the Religious Education Program.  If you can help, please contact Miss Anne Marie Pierce.  

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