What does CHRSM stand for?


CHRSM stands for Catholic Homeschool Resource and Support Ministry. The name was chosen to symbolically represent our mission statement. 

Chrism oil is a sacramental oil used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders. At the special Chrism Mass celebrated during Holy Week, the bishop breathes on the chrism oil, symbolizing the gesture instituted by Christ when he breathed on the disciples after his resurrection, sending them the Holy Spirit. In ancient times, oils infused with hyssop and other herbs were used for healing and strengthening. Athletes would use them to help limber up prior to competition; it also made it difficult for their opponents to grasp and defeat them easily. Ancient prophets were anointed with oil as a public sign of having been chosen by God; they in turn used it to anoint fellow prophets and kings.

Our prayer is that the CHRSM community will assist our families and our young ones to be armed with the tools they will need to stand 'as a city on a hill' within this generation.


Do you have to be Catholic to participate?


You do not have to be Catholic to participate-- we welcome students of all faith backgrounds. Here are some testimonials from some of our families from other churches:

"CHRSM has been an answer to our prayers!  The founders and teachers at CHRSM have such huge hearts for the Lord, for our kids, for providing quality education while praying over our children and partnering with families. It has been a blessing to be part of this ministry, to make new friends and to share our faith and unity in Christ across denominations."  

Courtney Foster
World Mission Team Director
Purcellville Baptist Church

"Our family has been so blessed by CHRSM this year.   We felt immediately welcomed and loved by the wonderful families involved in the ministry, both old friends and new, Protestant and Catholic!  The classes offered have helped fill a void in our homeschool to have excellent live teachers, as well as enriching and fun electives.  But just as importantly, CHRSM has provided us with a supportive and encouraging community, both for our children and for me!  We all look forward to Tuesdays!  Our family is truly grateful for the opportunity to be involved in CHRSM!"

Catherine Gilanshah

"CHRSM promotes a Kingdom of God environment based on the Catholic faith. The focus of the ministry is to teach children to live for Jesus Christ through academic excellence, Biblical truths, and a loving community of believers."   

Betty Ringeisen

We do want to affirm that CHRSM is run by Catholic families, as a ministry to our fellow Catholic families. Our registration process is tiered in order to meet our parish and community needs first. Priority registration is as follows:

1) Current CHRSM families

2) Saint Francis de Sales parishioners

3) Catholic families from surrounding parishes

4) non-Catholic Christian families

5) all other community families


Are all of your teachers Catholic?


All of our teachers are devout followers of Christ, and are excited to share their faith within the context of their subject matter. While some come from other Christian denominations, most are practicing Catholics.


How do we become part of CHRSM?


Thank you for your interest in our ministry!  Before proceeding with a request for membership in our organization, please review the following documents to be certain that our ministry will fit your family's needs:

-  Mission Statement

-  Statement of Faith

-  Code of Conduct

-  Policies

After reviewing these carefully, you have an interest in becoming part of our CHRSM family, you will need to fill out the family application form located here.  Once we have approved your application, you will have access to the secure portion of our website that will allow you to register for classes.  In order to register for any of our classes, you will need to indicate that you have read, are in agreement with, and will commit to adhere to the documents above. You will also be required to submit a signed Statement of Faith and a non-refundable membership fee of $40 per child (max family fee of $120). This membership covers our ministry expenses such as insurance, background check fees, website, supplies, etc. 


How do I pay for CHRSM?


You can pay your Registration Fee and class tuition online or by submitting a check to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. 

**If paying online, please use the following link:

Note:  As of Tuesday, June 25th, the online pay option will be temporarily disabled. Until we are able to reinstate the link, please make your payments by check following the instructions below. Thank you and we apologize for the inconvenience.

**If paying by check, please make your check payable to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and write CHRSM Reg. Fee or CHRSM Tuition in the Memo line of your check.  Please submit your check to the church office during normal business hours or by mailing it to:

Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 37730 St. Francis Court, Purcellville, VA  20132


Does your program allow for drop-offs?


All high school level students may be dropped off. All students younger than high school must be accompanied by a responsible adult. If you cannot be present in the building during your child(ren)'s classes, you must designate another on-site adult who is willing to be responsible for your child(ren) in your absence. 


What is your refund policy in the event we need to drop a class?


We recognize that there are many extenuating and unforeseen circumstances that can occur.  If it were solely up to the CHRSM leadership, we would love to accommodate all such situations. However, we are a ministry of our parish, and must consider the requirements of our Business Office, as well as the needs of our teachers. Our church must maintain absolute transparency with bookkeeping. Teachers prepare and plan for the year based on enrollment numbers, so this policy is a courtesy to all who would be negatively affected by offering refunds. Therefore, we are not able to offer refunds of any application fees, tuition payments or supply fees.  The only circumstances under which refunds will be given is if a teacher is unable to teach a posted class and no suitable replacement can be found, or if class minimums are not met and a class is cancelled. If you are required to drop registered classes, any money paid will be considered a donation to the Saint Francis de Sales Building Fund, and you may request a receipt for tax purposes. 



What is your dress code policy?


In order to promote an environment of mutual respect for ourselves and others, we have decided to institute a dress code. All students will be required to wear a solid-color collared shirt with shoulders (button-down, henley or rugby style, peter pan collar, etc are all okay). Boys may wear solid color slacks or dress shorts. Girls may wear solid color slacks, dress shorts/skorts, or skirts to modest length (to knee or just above the knee). (NO T-shirts, jeans, leggings/jeggings, short shorts/skirts, or athletic wear.) Children participating in PE classes will be given the opportunity to change into athletic clothes if they wish.