Registration for Christian Formation 2019-2020 for Grades K-5 is closed.

For Grades 6-12, contact Katrina Cruz, Coordinator for Youth & Young Adults at (757) 468-3600 ext. 108 or email

Please call the Parish Office at 468-3600 if you have any questions.



“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”  Mark 10:14

We want to welcome all preschoolers through first graders to the Children’s Liturgy of the Word program. What a blessing this is for our young parishioners to grow in faith and understanding of the life of Jesus and what a privilege this is for our teachers to help plant faith’s seeds into their hearts. Our dedicated volunteers teach the Gospel reading through stories, songs and hands-on activities. We offer Children’s Liturgy at each Mass throughout most of the school year from September to June.

The children are to sit with their families at the beginning of Mass. After the opening prayer and the “Gloria”, the priest will call the children to come to the altar to receive a special blessing. Then the teachers and assistants will escort the children to the preschool rooms where they will spend about 20 minutes sharing God’s Word.

Our teachers have experienced much joy in sharing the Good News of Jesus with the children. Prayerfully consider helping in this program as a teacher or assistant. Your commitment would involve one class during one Mass every four weeks. As a volunteer, you are provided the lesson plan, all supplies and a prepared environment. We welcome new volunteers throughout the program year.

Contact: Joseph Gurliaccio, Program Coordinator at


2019-2020 for Grades K-5

Click the following links for:




GUIDELINES & PROCEDURES for Christian Formation Grades K-5 AND Inclement Weather Procedures


BEACH BAG OUTREACH: Feed a Local Child through the Beach Bag Program


Our parish Christian Formation program offers a variety of opportunities for our children to receive instruction and grow in faith. We invite each child to participate fully.


When: September 8, 2019 to May 10, 2020 (Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:00 a.m.)

Where: Preschool classrooms (Kindergarten and First Grade), Fr. Carr Activity Center A (Grades 2-5),

How: Teachers are volunteers, supported by the Religious Education Office.

Cost: $45.00 for 1 Child / $70.00 for 2 Children / $80.00 for 3 Children – Discounted prices for siblings in immediate family



Kindergarten Curriculum: Allelu! (Our Sunday Visitor)

Grades 1-5: Finding God, an interactive curriculum (Loyola Press)


Attendance: If your child is to be absent, please call and leave a message on (757) 468-3600 x117 (voicemail for Fina Lania, Administrative Assistant).  It is important that children preparing for sacraments not miss more than 3 classes of Christian Formation.  Please do not withdraw from the program without contacting the office.

If you are registered for First Sacraments, and need the schedule, please click HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact Joseph Gurliaccio, Director of Child and Family Formation  at (757) 468-3600 x105.


Feed a Local Child in Need


Holy Spirit Christian Formation Gr. K-5 and its family ministry, The Spark, have an outreach program for families to do together.


In conjunction with Virginia Beach Public Schools, Holy Spirit will be sponsoring on a weekly basis 11 students at White Oaks Elementary.  By purchasing food donations together or helping pack bags, your children will learn more about children their own age who may not have enough to eat on the weekends and during school vacations. Each week, Holy Spirit will deliver 11 bags to White Oaks.

How you can help:

Donate food items. We need specific donations each month so if you would like to help, please see the food item for your child’s grade.

1st Grade: Two 6 packs of Fruit Cups

2nd Grade: Box of snack items (Granola bars, cereal bars, snack crackers)

3rd Grade: 1 pack of 8 oz. shelf-stable milk cartons (juice box size)

4th Grade: Pack of individual cereal boxes or box of individual oatmeal packs

5th Grade: Shelf-stable main course items (canned items like Chef Boyardee Ravioli, Spaghetti and meatballs, beef stew, macaroni and cheese)

If you would like to help by contributing a monetary donation so we can purchase any items we do not receive, please make your check out to Holy Spirit Parish and write in the memo line: Beach Bags Program.


Thank you for your generosity!



Middle School Formation – Grades 6-8


Mondays: 7-8:30 pm for Christian Formation and Spirit Nights


Middle School Calendar 2019-2020


Parents are recognized as having the primary responsibility for training their children in practicing their faith. At Holy Spirit, we are delighted to partner with you and your child on this faith journey! Our middle schoolers are taught by experienced, caring individuals who want our pre-teens and teens to get to know and grow their relationship with Jesus Christ. Our Christian Formation program uses the St. Mary's Press Catholic Connections for Middle Schoolers curriculum which aims to encourage our young people to live out the Gospel truths and the Church's mission.


Spirit Nights are a way for our middle schoolers to interact with one another in large and small group activities led by our high school leaders, the Young Apostles. Together they play games, share in testimonies, fellowship and small-group discussions. Adult leaders serve as mentors and "snack-providers".


We encourage being part of the greater church family by caring for others and so we offer opportunities to serve in various ways 

- in liturgy as altar servers, lectors or cantors

- in outreach projects as packers of the Beach Bags program, packers of holiday food baskets, or crafters of gifts

- in sharing their faith as assistants for Children's Liturgy of the Word or as actors or emerging leaders for Vacation Bible School.


Sundays: 6 – 8 PM


Life Teen is a comprehensive Catholic faith formation program used all over the world to bring high schoolers closer to Christ. Holy Spirit's Core Team Leaders are adult leaders who gather together once a month to plan each of the sessions of a series of Life Teen topics. They have become a family dedicated to sharing the beauty of the Catholic faith and its traditions. We are also blessed in having teen leaders called Young Apostles who gather, plan and carry out our Life Teen Socials once a month. 

Our interactive and engaging format encourages teens to ask questions, seek answers, and live out their Catholic identity in their day to day lives. Through small and large group activities, teens are given a safe and nurturing environment to build healthy and lasting relationships. They find a sense of community and belonging in our Church. Our Core Team Leaders have had the privilege of sharing in the sacraments with our teens through Life Teen Nights of Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation and Holy Mass. 


This past year we've participated in Catholic Youth Day at Busch Gardens, the Diocesan Youth Conference in Richmond and the Steubenville Conference in Atlanta as well as a teen and core team led retreat in Hanover, Virginia.


Currently we are preparing for our fall weekend retreat called "Spoken" at the KOA Campgrounds in Virginia Beach from Friday to Sunday, November 8 to 10. 


If you have any questions or concerns or would like to volunteer in any of our Middle School Christian Formation or High School Life Teen Programs, please contact Katrina Cruz at 757-468-3600 ext. 108 or email



Opportunities for adults to learn more about their faith
For more information, contact Deacon Bob Smithberger at 468-3600 ext. 109


On Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:00 am (between the 8:00 and 10:15 Masses) there is a Scripture Study for adults.  All parishioners, especially parents of children in Christian formation classes, are invited to attend.

Tuesday Evening Adult Formation Class

Sessions begin at 7:00 pm following the evening Mass.  All parishioners are invited to attend and participate in this class.


The R.C.I.A. process is designed for: a) unbaptized adults requesting the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist in the Catholic Church, b) baptized adults in other Christian churches who wish to profess their  faith through the Catholic Church and requests the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, and c) baptized Catholics who seek to complete the sacraments of initiation.

RCIA description



All adult Catholics should be confirmed in their faith.  In the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.

The Church teaches that: “the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. … By the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.”
CCC, # 1285

Adult Confirmation Description

Small Christian Communities.

Small Christian Communities meet on a weekly or biweekly basis to discuss Scripture and reflect on the Word of God in their lives. For more information, contact Kathy Early.


The parish participates in number of charitable and social justice programs. Just Faith is a formation program focused on the social teachings of the Catholic Church. For more information, contact Abby Causey.

Cursillo a  lay movement of the Catholic Church.  The name Cursillo is Spanish, meaning short course, and is associated with a 3 day weekend which is only one aspect of the Cursillo movement.  Small community is stressed as a method of faith formation, holiness and spiritual support.

Contact:             Jerry & Beatrice Johnson      430-8455



Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Adapted for Children (Ages 7-17)

Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults (for individuals 18 years of age and older)

Holy Spirit Parish warmly welcomes new members and provides appropriate spiritual formation according to each person’s need.  This call to teach others by our words and actions is one that the Lord offers us because of our baptism and our personal commitment to respond to the invitation to serve God by serving each other.  Most of us learn of this call to ministry and commitment from our family who shared their faith with us and began to teach us of God’s love and care from the time we were infants.

The Order of Christian Initiation is the formation process the Church uses to help members of the community come to share in the full sacramental life of the Church.  It is an ongoing process within the life of the parish community designed to welcome new members and, at the same time, to lead every Catholic to deeper belief and renewal of his or her faith.  It is guided by the needs of those who seek membership and is specifically designed for :

  • Unbaptized adults requesting membership in the Catholic Church

  • Persons baptized in other Christian Churches who wish to join the Catholic Church

  • Baptized Catholics who have not completed the Sacraments of Initiation


The Catechumenate

For adults who have not been baptized in the Christian faith and who seek admission into the Catholic Faith.  The Catechumenate is typically a year-long process, culminating in receiving the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.


Reception into the Faith

For adults who have been baptized in another Christian denomination or as Catholics without any formal Christian formation.  Reception into the faith requires a profession of faith and the reception of the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.  The reception into the faith may take place at any time during the year but is normally received during the Easter season.


Adult Confirmation

For adults who have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist and who seek to complete the Sacraments of Initiation with the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The Sacrament of Confirmation for adults is normally received on the Feast of Pentecost.

The RCIA catechetical sessions are held on Sunday mornings.

Contact: Deacon Bob Smithberger            468-3600, ext. 109

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Virginia Beach, VA  23456

Office:  (757) 468-3600

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