Religious Education

To grow in faith, children and adults have many opportunities to learn at St. Nicholas.

ADULT EDUCATION: Committee members arrange for presentations by guest speakers to be given in Advent, Lent and other times to enrich the spiritual life of our parish. Contact: Kathy Schmitt – 301-325-3119;

BIBLE STUDIES: Occasional Bible studies are held throughout the year. If you are interested in participating or in leading a Bible study, contact Kathy Schmitt – 301-325-3119;

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults: RCIA is a weekly gathering of people interested in learning about and possibly becoming Catholic. There are presentations and discussions on Catholic beliefs and teachings. RCIA also helps Catholics who have not received First Communion and/or Confirmation. RCIA meets Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Contact: Kathy Schmitt – 301-325-3119;

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OF OUR YOUTH – CCD: Teachers and aides (high school students and young adults are especially welcome) are needed for classes on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings, September - mid-May, and must complete Child Protection training as required by the Archdiocese of Washington.

  • Elementary school students in 1st - 6th grades attend Saturday sessions from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., including a session for children who have not received their First Holy Communion and First Penance.
  • On Mondays from 6:50 - 8:15 p.m., we have religious education classes for 7th graders and Confirmation prep for 8th graders.
  • High School students who have not received First Holy Communion, First Penance or Confirmation meet Mondays from 6 - 6:50 p.m.
  • Inclement Weather Policy: It is our policy to follow the guidelines of the Prince George’s County School system. On Monday evenings: If schools are closed, have an early dismissal or after school activities are cancelled due to inclement weather, classes will be cancelled that evening. If in doubt, please call the office at 301.725.9622 and listen carefully to the message. I will do my best to leave a message on the answering machine as early as possible on Monday afternoon.

     On Saturday mornings: If Prince George’s County Public Schools cancels weekend activities, or if snow has fallen the night before to a depth of 3 inches or we’ve had an ice storm we will NOT have class Saturday morning. You may call the office at 301.725.9622 and listen carefully to the message if in doubt. I will try to post a message by 7AM on the Saturday in question. 

  • Any changes due to weather will be put on the front page of the Church website as soon as possible. 
  • Click here for the 2015-2016 Religious Education Handbook

Contact: Hope Benson, Director of Religious Education – 301-725-9622;

YOUNG ADULTS: Young adults (18 to 35) are invited to participate in Laurel Catholic Young Adults, an inter-parish group drawing members from four area parishes. Social activities, retreats, adoration and more are offered each month. For more information, check out Laurel Catholic Young Adults on Facebook: Contact: Kathy Schmitt - 301-325-3119;

YOUTH GROUP: Youth group is open to teenagers in high school and consists of service programs, educational opportunities and recreational activities. Contact: Hope Benson, Director of Youth Ministry – 301-725-9622;