High School Options


High school sessions are held:

  • Monday afternoon, 5:00 to 6:15, Apologetics Course
  • Monday evening, 6:30 to 7:45, Core High School Program

High School Apologetics

The Apologetics Course will be taught by several homeschooling parents and is also open to all rising 9th grade through 12th grade students in the St. Catherine of Siena CCD 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 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; Do Catholics pray to the Saints?; Salvation (Catholic view versus Protestant view).

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

Core High School Program

Registration for the core high school class is rolling, and teens are always welcome to register and attend. There is no charge to attend high school classes, but a registration form is required.

Classes resume on January 22 in the new year.  Students are currently working on a dynamic 8-part Bible study focused on the "big picture" of salvation history, specifically geared for teens. Classes are offered on: January 22, February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19, and April 9.

The remainder of the classes for the year will focus on the Mass with an Ascension press program called "Altaration", which features Father Mike Schmitz. (Father Schmitz will be speaking at the Diocesan Men's Conference this year, also!)

Snacks are always available. This is a great opportunity for the teens in your family to learn more about our Faith with other Catholic friends so they can then share it with others!

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

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

24 Hour Eucharistic Adoration
Every Wednesday: 9 am through Thursday morning, 8:30 am
Every First Friday: 9 am through Saturday morning, 8:30 am

Contact Us

Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky
Direct non-emergency cell: 703.638.8451 (Preferred)
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 22033
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Phone: 703.759.4350
Fax: 703.759.3753


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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