Parents have two options for religious education of their children in the parish. Since 1882 we have had a parochial school, St. Michael’s, Penn Yan, offering a “Christian-centered, values-based learning environment for students of all economic, racial and spiritual backgrounds, supported by a program of academic excellence” serving pre-schoolers – grade 5. More information can be found here
For parents not choosing St. Michael’s School, or for parents who are home schooling, the parish offers a family based formation program. The program consists of online learning (or by book, if preferred) with a once-a-month class, Sept. – May. The 1.5 hour class includes fellowship, activities and supplemental learning for a total of 30 contact hours. The learning for all grade levels is the Faith and Life series by Ignatius Press. Parents are expected to do the lessons together with their elementary aged children at home, weekly, preferably on Sundays. (A way to follow Commandment #3, “Keep holy the Sabbath.”) Parents may want to review the lessons of their older youth once they have completed them.
Families who cannot meet at their normal worship site are expected to attend within the same month at one of the other worship sites. Together, families learn Bible stories, the great story of salvation through Christ Jesus and a better understanding our Catholic faith through games, songs, crafts and other activities.
All parents must register their children either at St. Michael’s School or in the parish based program. Children are ready to prepare for sacraments when they have completed at least one year of religious instruction in the year prior to the year when preparing for the sacrament and be enrolled in the current year of religious education, as well as the classes for sacramental preparation.
Do you like to read or do you have a child who loves to read? Here are great lists of books that have a solid catholic message
Some great websites for children can be found below!
Camp Stella Maris offers a great way to grow in faith! They feature summer camps and weekend events all year