Religious Education

St. Veronica Church, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, will strive to bring parents and children of the parish into a deep, personal communion with Christ and His Church, and to foster in them a missionary zeal for souls by:

  • Proclaiming the Word of God and His loving plan of salvation as expressed in Holy Scripture and the Sacred Tradition of the Catholic Church;
  • Acknowledging every person as a child of God, uniquely created by the Father in His image and likeness;

Teaching the Person of Jesus Christ, the source and summit of all life, through whom we are granted our salvation.

Save the date:  September 10, 2019, 7:00 pm in the parish hall, All Parent Meeting for children receiving religious education in the 2019-2020 school year (includes those in religious education classes at St. Veronica, those being home schooled for religious education, or those attending Catholic school other than St. Veronica)

Cancellations/Snow Days: If Fairfax County Public Schools cancels school for the day, dismisses school early due to inclement weather, or if county afternoon and evening activities are cancelled, then Religious Education classes are likewise cancelled. If the parish cancels classes, for whatever reason, we will attempt to send you an email, which will come from your child’s teacher, as soon as possible. When in doubt contact the Religious Education Office at 703-773-2004 or the Parish Office at 703-773-2000. Please also check the Fairfax County website at, then click on “Emergency.”​


  • Provide a Christ-centered religious education program in Preschool – High School for the children of St. Veronica Parish that prepares them for the Sacraments of Penance, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and for a lifetime devotion to God. “Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” (Jn 17:3) “The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ.” (Catechesi Tradendae)
    • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for Preschool children
    • Religious Education classes for Grades K – Eight
    • Youth Catechesis and Ministry
    • Sacramental Preparation
    • Home Schooling Support Program
  • Recruit, form, and retain catechists who are faithful practicing Catholics in full communion with the teachings of the Catholic Church. “…and He went up into the hills, and called to Him those whom he desired; and they came to Him. And He appointed twelve, to be with Him, and to be sent out to preach and have authority to cast out demons.” (Mk 3:13-15) “…the disciple grows like his Teacher in knowledge and experience. For this reason, there cannot be teachers of the faith other than those who are convinced and faithful disciples of Christ and His Church.” (General Catechetical Directory, 139)
    • Day of Recollection, Catechist Formation, Catechist Resources
    • Instructional Evaluation and Feedback, Catechetical Library
    • Diocesan Conferences
  • Support parents in their duty as the primary educators of their children, and in their own continuing search to know, love, and serve God and one another. “Family catechesis precedes…accompanies, and enriches all forms of catechesis.” (CT, 68) “Catechesis for adults, since it deals with persons who are capable of an adherence that is fully responsible, must be considered the chief form of catechesis. All the other forms, which are indeed always necessary, are in some way oriented to it.” (GED, 20)
    • Formation Talks on Catholic Current Events to the Parish
    • Quarterly Catechesis
    • Bible Studies
    • Book and Video Library
    • Outside Speakers on Catholic Issues​

Religious Education Links

Religious Education Staff

​Father Robert J. Wagner, Director of Religious Education

Deacon J. Paul Ochenkowski,  Religious Education Coordinator​

Andrea Shermer​​, Assistant Religious Education Coordinator

703-773-2004, Email:

Office Location:  Left side rear of the building, next to the parish hall​