Children's Faith Formation

Pre-K - 8th grade



Sunday weekly CFF starts on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Pre K is now full! We will have Pre K Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, M-F options monthly starting in October. Please email for more information!

Classes run from 9:30-10:40 a.m. The morning car line drop off starts at 9:15 a.m. Dismissal is from the Kaplan Parish Hall at 10:40 a.m., where parents /guardians come into the hall and sign out their children! We look forward to seeing all of you on September 17, 2017!

 The Children's Faith Formation (CFF) Program 2017-2018:


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 teaching the Catholic Faith that comes to us from the Apostles, but to helping to form disciples of Jesus Christ and to aid them in discovering the purpose of their life: to know, love and serve God in this world so as to be happy with Him in the next.



Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

This year, we are beginning the transition process to a new method of formation for your children in the hope that they enter more fully into their relationship with Christ and a lived faith in His church. Althought this formation has been around for sixty years, we understand that many of us may have been formed differently and this will be your first introduction to Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This transition will begin as a slow work, with the smallest parishoners at St. Bede, the 3-6 year olds. We will also integrate this program into our Sacramental Preparation sessions. Watch for more information to come out in the bulletin and home to families. There are many ways to become more involved in this amazing program!





Sacramental Preparation Program: Saint Bede Catholic Church welcomes families seeking First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion for their baptized children who are at least 7 years of age by September 1st.  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 a separate program from our weekly Children's Faith Formation program. Children enrolling in our Sacramental Preparation program must be receiving weekly Faith Formation, either enrolled here at St. Bede, attend private Catholic school or be enrolled in an approved homeschool curriculum. Click on the link above for a printable registration form. Please turn in your registration form, payment and a copy of your child(ren's) original signed /church sealed Baptismal certificate (if baptized at another Catholic church) to the St. Bede Parish Office. * The last Parent Prep meeting is being held on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. with Monsignor Keeney. If you have any questions, contact Rita Hipple, Children's Faith Formation Coordinator, at, or at 757-229-3631, ext. 2303.



Disciples making Disciples -

Share your faith with the youngest parishoners-the future of our church!

"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.


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!

Learn more!


If you choose to homeschool your child for their weekly faith formation, please contact our Children's Faith Formation office, so that we may have an accurate record of all children in Saint Bede parish who are receiving faith formation.  If you homeschool, and 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.

Contact:  Email Rita Hipple at ,  or call (757) 229-3631, ext. 2303.





Children's Faith Formation

We hope that everyone has had a very relaxing, fun-silled, safe summer! We look forward to seeing everyone back at weekly CFF starting on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017! Car line am drop off starts at 9:15. Classes run from 9:30-10:40 a.m.


 Everyone that has registered by Sept. 9th, 2017 for weekly CFF online, should have received a verification email!


A second email with A.M. car line drop off procedures, dismissal procedures, school year calendar, etc on or by Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017!


Those families registered after Sept. 9th, will receive a verification email on/by Friday, Sept. 15!


Registration for the High School Youth Ministry is also open! Please open the Youth Ministry tab, under Formation!


Sunday Pre K is NOW FULL! Please email for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Pre K M-F, monthly options.

CFF Registration (K-8th)

CFF Permission/Release Form



CFF Calendar for Sept. 2017-Jan. 2018 posted soon!


Pay Faith Formation, Sacramental Preparation Fees for 2017 Online!


Vacation Bible School

Thank you to every one that volunteered and participated in VBS 2017! We had a wonderful week at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, aka "Hero Central"! "Do good, seek peace and go after it!" Psalm 34:14

Look for VBS 2018 nformation to come out in early 201