High School Options


Updated: May 30, 2019

High School Classes Start Date:

October 21 AFTER the Fall Confirmation

High school sessions are held:

  • Monday afternoon, 5:00 to 6:15, Apologetics Course
  • Monday evening, 6:30 to 7:45, "Theology of the Body" Program

High School Apologetics

Registration for the 5 pm Apologetics class coincides with regular CCD registration, however there is no charge. There may be a fee for books. Classes begin on October 21, 2019.

The Apologetics Course is taught by several parents and open to all 9th through 12th grade students in the St. Catherine of Siena parish community. Students in this course should be ready to learn how to defend their Faith by participating in an academically challenging course.

Topics will include: the existence and attributes of God; the person of Jesus Christ and the historicity of Jesus; the proofs of the Resurrection; the attacks on the Trinity by several sects and how to respond; the Canon of the Scriptures and how the Bible was put together; Faith and science; the Galileo Affair; the signs of the Eucharist in the Old Testament and how to defend the Real Presence; Bible alone or Scripture and Tradition?; The history of the Reformation; the Marian doctrines; and, Do Catholics Pray to the Saints?

Classes will include presentation of the different topics, along with group work and oral presentation. Along the way, students will practice using the Socratic method in an apologetics conversation through role-play. Some homework and readings will be expected.

Core High School Program

Registration for the 6:30 core high school class coincides with regular CCD registration, however currently there is no charge for high school students. There may be a fee for books and materials.

The 6:30 core high school class will begin on October 21, AFTER CONFIRMATION. This gives those 9th grade students preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation the opportunity to fully participate in the core high school program in its entirety. The core high school class is offered for ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS in 9th through 12th grades.

The curriculum for the 6:30 CCD class for this school year begins October 21 and runs for ten sessions, ending in early 2020. The program used is from Ascension Press, “You: Life, Love and the Theology of the Body”, based on Saint John Paul II’s teachings. This program addresses many of the issues teens are already exposed to via entertainment media, societal pressures, and their own peer interactions. Separate girls and boys sections are offered. A parent information session will be held in the fall and a parent resource book is available which outlines all of the material covered in the program. Please stay updated through bulletin announcements.

Both high school classes offer teens in our parish family an opportunity to learn more about our Faith with other Catholic friends so they can then share it with others and defend what is true and good!

Sacramental Schedule

Mass Schedule:

8 am 10 am 12 Noon*
*Novus Ordo Latin Mass

Saturday: 8:30 am & 5:30 pm Vigil Mass

Weekdays: 8:30 am, (Wednesdays: 12:15 pm)

Holydays (except Christmas):
8:30 am & 7 pm

Sacrament of Penance:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:45 am – 8:15 am
Saturday afternoon: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Expanded schedule for Advent and Lent
All Day Eucharistic Adoration
Every Wednesday: 1 pm through Thursday morning, 8:30 am
Every First Friday: 9 am through Saturday morning, 8:30 am

Contact Us

Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky
Direct Line to Pastor 703.759.3520
No text messages please; contact the office for administrative questions.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm 
Closed on Federal Holidays

Saint Catherine of Siena Church
1020 Springvale Road
Great Falls, VA 22066
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Phone: 703.759.4350
Fax: 703.759.3753





St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

1020 Springvale Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066

Parish Office: 703.759.4350
Fax: 703.759.3753
Religious Education: 703.759.3530
Siena Academy: 703.759.4129