Religious Education for Children


Traditional Sunday Morning Classroom Program
St. Patrick:      Begins September 11th
9:00 to 10:00 every Sunday
Roger Loucks and Anna DiRizio catechists
Pflaum Weeklies (text)

Homeschooling Program
St. Theresa:     Currently there is one family homeschooling their children in religious ed.

Family Faith Program*

St. Januarius:   Begins October 9th
8:30 to 10:00 2nd Sunday of the month
Families rotate facilitation
Family Life RCL (text)
Youth Mass 2nd Sunday of the month
Children’s Liturgy of the Word 3rd & 4th Sunday of the month
Quarterly Family Gatherings

St. Michael:     Begins October 2nd
2 sessions available:  10:30 to 12:30 or 3:30 to 5:30 1st Sunday of each month
(availability of sessions dependent on participation)
Families rotate facilitation
Family Life RCL (text)
Youth Mass 1st Sunday of the month
Children’s Liturgy of the Word 2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays of the month
Quarterly Family Gatherings

At St. Michael’s and St. Januarius we will be offering a new format called “Family Faith”. You may be asking yourself, what is “Family Faith”?

Our Catholic faith teaches that parents are the first teachers of faith to their children. In an effort for Our Lady of the Lakes to support and foster this ideal we will be offering a religious education program called Family Faith (parents and kids grades Pre-K through grade 8). This program is designed to help all families learn and understand the Catholic faith and bring this knowledge into their homes and everyday life.

The program follows this format:

Also in an effort to help simplify your already busy schedules you will only need to come to religious education once a month! (Your family still needs to attend Mass each weekend). Also enclosed are the start times and dates and a registration form. Please complete the form and mail back to me with your investment fee. Mail to Cris Wensel, 180 N. Main Street, Naples, NY 14512 or drop off at one of the parish offices.

Remember if you would like your children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation this year they need to be enrolled in and actively attending and participating in a religious education program or attend a Catholic school.

The Sacrament of First Reconciliation (First Penance) will be offered this Fall. The parent information meeting for this Sacrament will be on Thursday, September 29th at 6:30 at St. Januarius. The parent meeting and classes for the Sacraments for First Eucharist and Confirmation will be in the Spring of 2012.  

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at 585-374-2414 or email me at

To print out a registration form click here.