Children's Faith Formation

Pre-K - 8th Grade


We will keep everyone updated on all CFF weekly plans for the Sept. 2020 school year as soon as we are able.


CFF weekly 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. Find out more...

Hispanic CFF weekly Friday evening sessions and

Hispanic Sacrametal Preparation:

please contact our HCFF Coordinator,

Linda Flores at 757-871-9829


UPDATE: ALL MARCH and APRIL Sac. Prep. sessions are continuing via virtual sessions. We will be finishing the March sessions this week and will continue with the April Session around the end of May/begining of June. All families will be emailed. Thank you for your patience and understanding!


First Holy Communion Mass, that was scheduled for Sat. May 2, will be rescheduled as soon as we receive updated restriction guidance by the Governor and Bishop Knestout. We are re-evaluating for different options and will keep everyone informed, as we receive new information.

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 curriclum from RCL Benziger and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

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. Janaury 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     Find out more...



Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

UPDATE:  We will keep everyone updated on all children Atrium sessions for the Sept. 2020 school year, as soon as we are able.


TRAINING UPDATE: Level 1 catechist training listed below is still on the calendar, but we are waiting for further direction and guidance, as to whether we will be able to host, per the restrictions. We will keep everyone updated, as soon as we receive new information.

 Saint Bede Catholic Church is very excited to announce that we will host a Level 1 (Part A) week of training, for those interested in sharing the Word of God and the love of the Good Shepherd, through the works and ways of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

The dates are July 27-31, from approximately, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., each day. It is the most worthy investment of your time, talent and treasure! Join us in becoming a Catechist for the Good Shepherd!

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...



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 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 

UPDATE: VBS 2020 listed below, is "TBD" on the calendar. We are unsure as to what the restrictions will be when it is time to host VBS. We will keep everyone updated as to the guidance/restrictions from our Governor and our Bishop.


We are very excited to announce that VBS 2020 be held at St. Bede Catholic Church the week of July 13-17. 

It is with great joy that Saint Bede  Catholic Church and Williamsburg Presbyterian  Church announce an expansion of our Vacation Bible School (VBS) offerings.
As we both work to care for our ever growing family ministries and to provide greater opportunity to our communities, each church will provide a separate week of VBS this summer at their own church. We are thankful for our ongoing covenant partnership. As we expand our offerings, we will continue to honor our covenant to our community here in the greater Williamsburg area.

Since 2003, this wonderful program has been an ecumenical collaboration between Saint Bede Catholic Church and Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, serving the children from all local churches and the greater Williamsburg communities.  


2019 - 2020 

CFF & Sacramental Preparation Fees


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CFF Winter-Spring 2019-2020 Calendar


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