Adult Education

St Anne Catholic Church, Bristol, Virginia.

History: In March 2002, at the request of the Parish Pastoral Council, an Adult Faith Formation Committee (AFFC) was formed. Their mission was to assess the religious education needs of adults in our parish, to plan, and to implement opportunities for our adults to grow in faith and in knowledge of the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.

Current AFFC sponsored parish opportunities for Adults:

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Protecting Gods' Children

We are all created in Gods' image and likeness. There is a scared dignity that needs to be accorded to every individual regardless of age. One of the responsibilities of the adults in our communities is to provide an environment of love, respect, and care for all our children and youth.

The Virtus Protecting Gods' Children program is part of the Diocese of Richmond's Safe Environment program. This program outlines the process whereby each parish and the entire diocese have created and will maintain a safe environment for all our children.

Every employee of the Diocese of Richmond and all volunteers that work with children and youth must attend a Protecting Gods' Children awareness session. After the initial session there are monthly bulletins on the internet that are to be read. For those unable to obtain access to the internet there are copies of the monthly bulletins in the parish and school library.

Upcoming VIRTUS dates:


Please help us to protect our precious children from the horrors of sexual abuse and ensure our parish and school is a safe place for all!

Let the Word of God influence your busy life!

Contact the parish office or see the weekly bulletin for opportunities to participate in Scripture Study.


Little Rock Scripture Study can lead you to a:

  • Fuller understanding of the Bible
  • Richer appreciation of the faith tradition of the Church
  • Deeper, more personal relationship with God
  • Stronger sense of family, faith, and prayer
  • Fuller experience of Christian community


This Scripture study program combines personal Bible reading and study, small-group faith sharing, lecture, and prayer in an informal setting. Come join us and learn to make the real connection between your faith and your everyday life.

Little Rock Scripture studies are offered at different times and on different days throughout the week. For more information please contact:


Currently, there are no Parish Family Nights on our master calendar.



Each year, beginning in 2003, the adults of St. Anne's Parish community gather in late October for an overnight retreat of prayer, reflection, and fellowship. The retreat is usually held at the Jubilee House Retreat Center and attendance is possible for those who are unable to stay overnight.  Some years the Retreat has been held during LENT.

Tuesday Morning Book Discussion Group

The Book Club is on summer break for July... will begin again August 2, Tuesdays at 10:30a.  Contact the parish office for more details.

Currently SMARE is on Summer Break and will resume in September - Sunday mornings... after the 8:30a Mass (approx. 945a) in the greatroom.

The Parish Library is open during regular church office hours (9:00am-4:00pm Mon-Fri) and before and after each Mass.

A card catalog is provided in the library to assist you in finding a particular book, video or audio tape. Materials may be checked out by signing the library card found in the book, video or tape and leaving it in the basket provided. Please return materials within 30 days to the blue return box provided. We also have many reference materials which can be used in the library. Reference materials cannot be removed from the library.

Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest for a while (Mark, 6:31)

Slow down. Turn off the TV. Grab a book, and spend some quality time with God! Nothing could be easier.

Catechist Education

PATHWAYS seeks to provide a guide for the formation of those called to serve the community as catechists.

PATHWAYS seeks to provide standards of excellence in teaching skills which each catechist is invited to master.

PATHWAYS seeks to provide support for catechists desiring enrichment of their own faith by recommending study of the teachings of the Catholic faith.

PATHWAYS seek to provide official diocesan recognition of catechists for their study and development through a diocesan certification.

The Diocese of Richmond Catechetical Norms, “Called to Be Disciples,” require that catechists of adults, youth, and children be certified through a common process – PATHWAYS Training for Catechists.



Educational Opportunities for Catechists and Adult Rel. Ed.
Pathways Training for Catechists
Online Theology Courses from the University of Dayton
Online Theology Courses from Notre Dame



Theology on Tap for young adults ages 21-40 meets third Tuesday of the month, 6:30p, location: TBD

St. Anne’s Young Adult Ministry


  • Young adulthood is a passage of life when new decisions are made, paths are taken and a place is established in one’s community.
  • Young adult ministry is for those in their late teens, twenties, and thirties (singles or young families), with varied professions and goals.
  • It provides an opportunity to share friendship, fellowship and faith with other Catholic Christians.
  • Any questions about Young Adult Ministry can be directed to Father Chris.

Pope John Paul II, in his Homily at Sunday Mass, World Youth Day 1993, spoke of the importance of Young Adults to the life of the Church: “The Church needs your energies, your enthusiasm, your ideals, in order to make the Gospel of life penetrate the fabric of society, transforming people’s hearts and the structures of society in order to create a civilization of true justice and love.” St. Anne Parish and the surrounding community need you!