Children's Faith Formation

Pre-K - 8th Grade

CFF Sunday Sessions

Children's Faith Formation provides comprehensive religious catechesis (formal religious education) for children.  It is our sincere conviction that the real aim of catechesis is to bring each child into intimate communion with Jesus Christ. We are dedicated not only to showing the children the Catholic Faith that comes to us from the Apostles but also to help form disciples of Jesus Christ who know, love and serve the Lord. For the remainder of the Sunday CFF school year, we will be OFF on Sunday, March 31 and April 21, 2019. Our last Sunday CFF session is on Sunday, May 5, 2019. If you are new to the area and need to register your children after this date, please email Rita Hipple at Find out more...

Sacramental Preparation

The Sacramental Preparation program at Saint Bede Catholic Church oversees and coordinates sacramental preparation for all children of the parish no matter where they attend school (private, public, or homeschooled). The Sacramental Preparation program is separate from our weekly Children's Faith Formation.  It provides specific catechesis to ensure children and parents/guardians are prepared for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Our Sacramental Preparation program started on Sept. 25, 2018. Our children have all been through their preparation sessions and recieved First Reconciliation. REMINDER:  We are preparing for our SECOND session of First Holy Communion prep at the end of February 2019. Please contact Rita Hipple if your child missed the first session in January 2019.If you are new to the area and have questions about registering your children for Sacramental Preparation, please email Rita Hipple at Find out more...


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program is a Montessori-based method of introducing young children to the love and protection of Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd.  The hands-on, age-appropriate learning techniques, or works, are developed from the eyes of a child, so children can encounter Jesus in a personal way.  Saint Bede has a Level I Atrium which supports our Children's Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation programs.  We currently have Level 1 Atrium sessions, for 3-6 year olds, on Sunday mornings, during our weekly CFF sessions, from 9:30-10:40 a.m., Tuesday afternoons, from 4:30-5:45 p.m. and on Thursday afternoons, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. To receive more information about our sessions or to register your children, please email Rita Hipple at To find out more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, click on this link. Find out more...


Disciples Making Disciples

"Jesus formed his disciples by making known to them the various dimensions of the Kingdom of God. He entrusted to them 'the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven' (Mt. 13:11); he taught them how to pray (Lk. 11:2); he opened his 'meek and humble heart' to them (Mt. 11:29).  The fundamental task of catechesis is to achieve the same objective: the formation of disciples of Jesus Christ." - National Directory of Catechesis, 59.

Give the Gift of Time and Talent

The foundation of our Children's Faith Formation program cannot happen without the stewardship gifts of time and talent so generously provided by our volunteer Formation Team members, many of whom are older siblings, parents, and grandparents! With almost 400 students in our program, the participation of older siblings, parents, guardians, and grandparents is essential to making your child’s experience the best that it can be!


If you choose to homeschool your child for their weekly faith formation, please contact our Children's Faith Formation office, so we may have an accurate record of all children in Saint Bede parish who are receiving faith formation.  If your child has been baptized, is at least 7 years of age, and is ready to prepare to receive their First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion, please visit our Sacramental Preparation Program page for more information.


If you have questions, please contact Rita Hipple at (757) 229-3631 ext. 2303 or for more information.



Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2018, Mighty Fortress, was a huge success! We had over 100 amazing volunteers that gave their time, talent and energy to 200 children from the local community! We are looking forward to VBS 2019! Look for details in the Spring of 2019!

VBS is a fun-filled week-long summer program to connect the children and families in our community to the love of Jesus Christ.  Adults and teen volunteers take children on an exciting journey into the Christian faith.  This wonderful program is an ecumenical collaboration between Saint Bede Catholic Church and Williamsburg Presbyterian Church.  Find out more...