Adult Education: OREMUS

Do you find it easy to pray? Is prayer an integral part of your day? Do you hear God’s voice in your daily life, and know how to respond accordingly?
For many of us, the answer to these questions is, “no.” We all desire an intimate relationship with God. But, since learning to “say our prayers” as children, we never moved beyond rote recitation to an authentic conversation with God.
Our Sunday morning Adult Education program begins Sunday, October 15 with a new course: Oremus. Oremus is a Catholic prayer study program which teaches the essentials of an effective and fruitful prayer life. Each class, we will watch a thirty minute DVD and break into small groups to answer study questions. Over the course of eight sessions, you will discover how God speaks to you, even in the smallest encounters. Following the tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints, you will learn how to express yourself to God in prayer, and how to hear His voice.

All sessions are free. The recommended Oremus study manual will be available at the classes for $15.00 each. 

Classes meet at 9:10 a.m. in the Lourdes Center on the following dates:  October 15, 22, 29, November 12, 19, December 10, 17, and January 14. For more information, please contact the Rectory office or Marian Hartzell at .mailto:dre@ololcc.netshapeimage_1_link_0
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
830 23rd Street South, Arlington, Virginia 22202
Religious Education
CCD Teachers Needed

Do you love your faith? Do you enjoy working with children? Please come help our Religious Education school Sunday mornings. Preschool-grade 6 meet from 9:10-10:15 a.m., and grades 7-12 meet from 10:30-11:40 a.m. For more information, please call Marian Hartzell at (703) 359-8963. Teachers must submit to a background check, attend a 4 hour Child Protection seminar, and sign an Oath of Fidelity to the Catholic faith.

Presently, we need co-teachers and substitute teachers for our CCD program, as well as small group leaders for our Adult Ed classes.
Religious Education For Students (K12) and Preschool Children

Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year:   Parents can now register children ages 3 years old through grade 12 for this year’s CCD program. Parents can register their children at the Rectory/Parish Office during regular office hours, or mail the forms to: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 830 23rd St S, Arlington VA 22202. 
Registration forms and the school year calendar can be found below.

    Click here to download the 2017-2018 CCD Registration Form (.pdf )
    Click here to download the 2017-2018 CCD Registration Form (.docx )
    Click here to download the 2017-2018 School Year Calendar (.pdf )
    Click here to download the 2017-2018 School Year Calendar (.docx )
    Click here to enroll in electronic giving.

For more information, contact our Dre Marian Hartzell at (703) 359-8963 or .

Grades K-6 will meet from 9:10-10:15 a.m. every Sunday.
Grades 6-12 will meet from 10:30-11:40 a.m. every Sunday.
Preschool meets two Sundays a month from 9:10-10:15 a.m.  
Classes meet in the lower level of Lourdes Hall, across the parking lot from the church. See calendar for scheduled holidays.

Each month the students are asked to perform a service activity in addition to attending weekly class. Our Lady of Lourdes will sponsor an activity each month for the students' convenience and friendship.

Preschool Religious Education. Preschool Religious Education meets two times each month.  
Preschool CCD Class is at the same time as the older children’s CCD program, from 9:10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Sunday mornings. All children ages 3 to 5 years old are welcome and parents may stay or drop off their child.  Contact our Dre, Marian Hartzell at (703) 359-8963 for more information.

CCD Mass Summary Sheet

    Click here to download the CCD Mass Summary Sheet in .doc format.
    Click here to download the CCD Mass Summary Sheet in .pdf format.Education_files/ReligiousEd%20CCD%20Form%202017-18.pdfEducation_files/ReligiousEd%20CCD%20Form%202017-18.docxEducation_files/CCD%20Calendar%202017-18.pdfEducation_files/CCD%20Calendar%202017-18.docx
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Not Catholic? Never Confirmed? The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) began September 18, 2017. Classes are held Monday nights from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Lourdes Center/Parish Hall. A special invitation is extended to all those who would like to become Catholic, Catholics who have not yet been Confirmed, as well as to those who would like a thorough refresher on their faith. Please register by contacting Father Melmer at or (703) 684-9261.

A special invitation is extended to:

Those who have never been baptized but who are now being led by God to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) in His Holy Catholic Church;
Those who were baptized in another faith tradition but who are now being led by God to the fullness of truth and life in His Holy Catholic Church;
Those who were baptized in the Catholic Church, but not raised in it, and who are now being led by God to learn their faith and to complete their initiation in His Holy Catholic Church; or,
Those who were fully initiated in the faith of the Catholic Church but who, for one reason or another, abandoned the practice of their Catholic Faith and who are now being led by God to return to His Holy Catholic Church and the reception of the Sacraments.

Also invited are practicing Catholics:

Who wish to deepen their own faith;
Who wish to support by prayer, penance, and presence those who will enter or return to the Church; and/or
Who wish to be available to act as a sponsor for someone entering or returning to the Church.mailto:fathermelmer@comcast.netshapeimage_9_link_0