Children's Faith Formation

Pre-K - 8th Grade



CFF weekly Sunday Sessions

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 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. Find out more...

Hispanic CFF weekly Friday evening sessions and


Hispanic Sacramental Preparation:

please contact our HCFF Coordinator,

Linda Flores at 757-871-9829



Homeschool families:

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 about the Parish program.

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Sacramental Preparation

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The Sacramental Preparation program at Saint Bede Catholic Church is full of life and love for our Lord, Jesus Christ. We encourage the children to begin their own personal relationship with their Good Shepherd. We currently use a mix of curriculum from RCL Benziger and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Find out more...

Our program oversees and coordinates sacramental preparation for all children of the parish no matter where they attend school (private, public, or homeschooled). The program starts every year in September and ends in Spring, with First Holy Communion Mass. If your child was baptized at another Catholic or Christian church, an original Baptismal certificate is required for registration.

Per the Diocese of Richmond, the Sacramental Preparation program is separate and distinct from our Children's Sunday weekly Faith Formation and is attended along with either a weekly Faith Formation program, weekly religion classes at a private school, or an approved homeschool religious curriculum.

The once a month, Sacramental Preparation sessions, here at St. Bede Catholic Church,  provide specific catechesis to ensure that the children along with the parents/guardians are prepared for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Parents/Guardians attend adult sessions while the children are in session. September through December the families prepare for First Reconciliation and the children receive First Reconciliation in January. January through April, the families prepare for First Holy Communion and the children receive First Holy Communion in May. 

If you are new to the area or have questions about registering your children for Sacramental Preparation, please email Rita Hipple at     


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Vacation Bible School 

UPDATE: VBS 2020 ...unfortunately, we were not able to host VBS this past summer.....which means that VBS next summer will be even more amazing!!!

Be on the lookout for VBS 2021 information in the Spring of 2021! We can not wait to have all the children back next summer and celebrate God's love with them!!!


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.

Volunteers always needed: 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. We have a wonderfully diverse group of faithful volunteers that range from older siblings, students at the College of William and Mary, parents to grandparents! With almost 400 children in our faith formation sessions, the participation of all these amazing and faithful servants of God is essential to making your child’s experience the best that it can be! 


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



Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

UPDATE: Any family interested in having their children, up to age 6, participate in  "in person-weekday" Atrium sessions, for the 2020-2021 school year, please contact me at the Saint Bede office, 757-229-3631, ext. 2303 or at 


TRAINING UPDATE: Level 1 catechist training is still on our radar! We are hoping to offer it in a different format sometime in the 2021 calendar year, on multiple weekend dates. We will keep everyone informed as we are given updated information from CGS National, our trainer and our Diocese, for direction. Thank you for your patience!

 Email Rita Hipple at for more details.

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 to 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 Find out more...