For those interested in joining Saint Stephen the Martyr and Saint Katharine Drexel Mission from outside of our geographical boundaries, please see the below Parish Membership Policy for more information about how to register with us.
For families with catechetical aged children (Grades 1-8), please note that the deadline to submit your request to register at the Parish (including a completed Parish Registration form and letter of intent as outlined below) must be submitted by August 15th and registration for Religious Education must be completed by August 31st.
Parish Membership Policy:
St. Stephen the Martyr and St. Katharine Drexel Mission are defined by geographic boundaries determined by the Diocese of Arlington. The Pastor is entrusted with the care of souls who live within his territorial boundaries, principally providing the ministry of the sacraments and the religious education of children.
Residence within parochial boundaries, whether or not registered with the Parish, determines true “member of the Parish” status. Canonically any Catholic residing within the Parish is a parishioner, whether or not he or she is active or registered. For better care of souls, we encourage all parishioners to register with the Parish. All those wishing to register who live outside the boundaries may do so at the Pastor’s discretion. Currently, membership is extended to those who live in next-door parishes and aren’t deemed to live too far away. To attain this status, an individual or family is to submit the filled-out parish registration form with a letter addressed to the Pastor requesting membership and stating briefly the reasons for the change. It ought to include a statement of intention to change parish registration from a former parish (if it applies) to St. Stephen the Martyr or St. Katharine Drexel (as it applies). If these requests come from a family with catechetical aged children, they will not be accepted one month before Religious Education begins. Upon the start of Religious Education, families from outside the parochial boundaries may register, but any children who are in a sacramental year of preparation will be enrolled for the first year of the obligatory two-year preparation.
Religious Education Program (2021-2022)
St. Katharine Drexel Mission offers faith formation classes for children in grades 1-8 through our Religious Education Program.
Give your children a strong start and foundation in faith. Saint Katharine Drexel Mission offers religious education classes using the Diocesan curriculum and supplemental materials for children in grades 1-8. Confirmation preparation encompasses both 7th and 8th grade. The program helps children know and understand more deeply God’s immense love for each of us. Through the program, children will learn what it means to be a faith-filled Catholic and how they can apply these values to their everyday lives.
Catechist (teacher) training is on-going. Other volunteers are also needed to support this important ministry of our church community. Please contact Kendall Parker, Director of Religious Education, for additional information at (703) 754-8444.
Please note that religious education classes are only available to registered members of St. Katharine Drexel Mission. If your child is new to the SKD Religious Education program, please submit a copy of his or her baptismal certificate with the completed registration forms. Remember to include your parish number! If not registered, please submit a SKD Registration Form.