Special Religious Development

Special Religious Development (SPRED) is a program in which persons who are developmentally disabled come together to form a small faith community which fosters spiritual and personal growth by helping participants discover God’s action and presence in their lives.  SPRED provides an opportunity for celebration and worship as well as the necessary preparation for the reception of Baptism, Confirmation, First Penance and First Holy Communion.

Sacred Heart offers SPRED sessions for youth ages 6 – 21 as well as adults.  Groups meet on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm approximately 12 times per year from September through April.

Registration Information

We are pleased to offer online registration for the 2023 - 2024 academic year.  Payment must be made by cash or check through the Faith Formation Office.  Note: There is no out of parish fee for the SPRED program.

Register online here for 2023 - 2024 Faith Formation: SPRED at Sacred Heart.

For more information, contact Nicole Filipowski, Director of Faith Formation, online here or at 703-590-0256 or Brenda Cunningham, Faith Formation Administrative Assistant, online here or at 703-590-0256.