A Roman Catholic Parish Serving:

Penn Yan, Dundee, Naples, Prattsburgh,

Rushville, and Stanley


Saint Michael's Church
Penn Yan, NY
Parish Founded: 1850
Current Church: 1902


Saint Michael's Catholic School
Penn Yan, NY
School Founded: 1882
Grades: PreK-5


Saint Patrick's Church
Prattsburg, NY
Parish Founded: 1860
Current Church: 1868


Saint Januarius' Church
Naples, NY
Parish Founded: 1876
Current Church: 1964


Cobblestone Springs
Dundee, NY
Year Built: 1840
Staffed By: Sisters of St. Joseph

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News and Events

We are in our second of three years of Eucharistic Revival.   It has 4 main goals.  Our diocese has created a website for regional growth and celebration.  On our own website we have added a page, “Jesus, The Eucharist.”   Go there to learn how to deepen and share God’s love for us in the Eucharist.  Be fed at Mass!  Adore at Holy Hours.  See the bulletin for places, dates and times.  (Need a refresher on Adoration?  View this: A Beginner’s Guide to Eucharistic Adoration – Busted Halo  Having a booklet like this one, may help. For younger children, view this video.)

Faith Formation for everyone!  Take advantage of our parish subscription to FORMED, the Catholic Faith on demand.  Visit http://signup.formed.org/  Enter zip code 14527.  Enter your name and email.  You are in  Movies, audios, music, Bible studies, books, tips on single and family life and lots for children is what you will find here.  (Weekly suggestions of what to watch are in the bulletin.)  Consider having a movie night and invite others to watch with you.  Or share this log-in info with others.  Go make a difference!  Formally, we offer faith formation family-style in this parish.   We have fun learning, discussing, completing activities, and praying together.  Register now for this opportunity.  The kickoff will be Catechetical Sunday, 9/17/23.  To have your children prepared for reception of the Sacraments, see this page.

Taking care of “the least of my brothers” takes planning, preparation and action. Yates Christmas Program, through which many of our parishioners participate, is doing just that. Planners have announced distribution location and dates. Those in need of gifts can pick up applications at all school buildings and by calling our parish office. The deadline to return applications is 10/27. Salvation through Jesus Christ is our greatest gift, but tangible presents are nice, too. Thanks to all who are practicing love toward the needy, one of our 7 principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

The Yates INSYGHT,  anti-stigma campaign had its kick-off in May (Mental Health Awareness month).  Those living with mental health afflictions need our compassion and assistance at all times.  Take heed of the messages found on posters and billboards throughout the County.  Talk about mental health!  Normalize it!  We are body, mind & spirit!  See many community events on their Facebook page.

Daily Scripture readings are available on the Amen app (along with a whole lot more!) or Daily Bible Readings, Audio and Video Every Morning | USCCB

Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.  As good stewards we have a responsibility to keep them in good shape.  For times we need help, we partner with these organizations:


The Catholic Climate Covenant wants us to show support for reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from power plants by personalizing and signing a letter to our senators.  View a slide show about S. 1863.  The Laudato Si’ Action Platform calls all Catholics to take seriously our moral obligation to address environmental degradation and climate change. Are you an environmentalist?  Do you want to help us and our brothers and sisters adopt “green” practices?  Call/email Patty about developing a “Green Team.”  View “The Letter” a full-length documentary telling the story of Laudato Si’ and how climate change is affecting the Earth and all those who inhabit it.  Available on YouTube: (3) The Pope, the Environmental Crisis, and Frontline Leaders | The Letter: Laudato Si Film – YouTube      Season of Creation Week 4

The National Synod Synthesis has been published!  Given this, what are your thoughts?  Our diocesan synod report can be viewed at https://www.dor.org/synod/. Click on the website icons to view the document in English and/or Spanish. Also included are some of the Region 2 (New York State) Synodal Syntheses, as publicized on their respective diocesan websites. These are being posted as they are made available for anyone interested in reading about the regional synodal experience and journey. And the journey continues! 

Bishop Matano wants you to read his and the NY Bishops’ statement on the historic reversal of Roe v. Wade, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.  It is imperative that we, as Catholics, do all we can to take the higher moral ground, reminding each other of the Commandments and serving as Jesus would have to those who find themselves in a pregnancy that is inconvenient or unplanned.  Jesus died to give us life.  Will we die to selfishness to live for Him, building a culture of life?  Find our more from GU’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, or this from FORMED.

The sexual abuse cases brought against the Diocese are moving ahead.  The Diocese’s actions are to protect individual parishes.  Please continue to pray for this situation and the healing of those who suffer.  Additionally, you may want to watch “The Sound of Freedom.”   This movie shines an authentic light on one of the crucial criminal horrors of our time, child sex trafficking.  It has Christian undertones and many viewers consider it a thriller.  It is based on a true story.

Covid-19 is likely to remain with us.  Know what to do by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

Like and follow our Facebook page for daily news, inspiration, events and Sunday livestreamed Mass.  (Sunday Mass will be uploaded on the following Monday to our YouTube channel.)


    • It is a precept of the Church that we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least annually (more often if in a state of mortal sin).  Please do not dishonor Jesus in the Eucharist and do damage to your soul by receiving the Holy Eucharist unworthily.  Please examine your consciences and seek the grace of Reconciliation during our regularly scheduled times, or by appointment.
    • If you are not feeling well, please remain at home.  Contact Fr. Leo to receive any sacraments, and for the Anointing of the Sick (if seriously ill, scheduled for surgery or homebound).
    • Come with your burdens and joys and be transformed at Mass!  Jesus is waiting for you.
    • If you normally work on Sunday and have another day of the week off, make that your day to come to Mass and rest (3rd Commandment).
    • If you need a gluten-free host:  Please arrive 10 minutes early; find the priest, introduce yourself and explain your need.  Tell the priest where you will be sitting.  The priest will put the GF host in a pix on the Altar for consecration.  If the priest doesn’t remember you need gluten-free when you approach for Holy Communion, simply say, “Gluten-free, please.”
    • Books about Mass and Christian living are available at all entrances for small children.  Please return them after use.
    • Although the readings are posted along with the hymns, consider listening (It’s a wholly different sensory experience.) unless hearing the lector is problematic.
    • Supporting the church financially is one of our precepts.  Consider online giving, or contact the office for offertory envelopes.  If giving online, take a “fake dollar” as you enter and put into the basket as the ushers pass.
    • The sign of peace is a reflection of being at peace with our neighbors.  The Bible tells us we must be at peace with others in order to receive.
    • When receiving Holy Communion in the hand, come forward.  Receive and step to the side to consume.  Return to your seat via the side aisles.
    • Those choosing to receive on the tongue may do so, but are asked to be at the end of the Communion line.  Hand sanitizer will be used after each person receives on the tongue.
    • After the recessional hymn, consider joining in our tradition of praying 3 Hail Marys.  The intention is for the next person who dies, or one of your choosing.  Exit joyfully, knowing you are a living tabernacle, Christ living in you!  Share that joy with everyone you meet, by your actions and words.

PRO-LIFE:  Pray daily A Litany for Life.”  Support local pregnancy care centers and the national CareNet.  Learn more about Catholic Social Teaching.  Write to our elected officials and advocate for life.  Every 4th Saturday, from 9 -10:30AM outside of the Regional Headquarters of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western NY (114 University Ave., Downtown Rochester)  a peaceful, prayerful event, Stand Out for Life, affirms the dignity of all human persons, with a special emphasis on children in the womb, pregnant moms in need – being exploited for profit, abortion workers, etc.  

For state-wide Catholic action, visit the New York State Catholic Conference’s Catholic Action Network at www.nyscatholic.org/action-center. There you can see all the active alerts and register for updates. You can also sign up for text alerts by texting CAN to 50457.   Share via email.  If copying and sharing via social media, use the hashtags:  #Catholic   #CatholicActionNetwork

Did you know that New York is the 38th hungriest state in the Union?  Click here to learn more.  Want more opportunities to put your faith into action?  Join the Catholic Action Network!  By providing your email address, you will get be advised of important ways we can impact laws in our State.  Remember, Christ is counting on us!


The Catholic Courier Journal, weekly, online

Justice, Peace & Life, monthly

Growing in Faith Together, monthly for the 16-39 yr. old crowd

The Family Zone  (Bi-weekly)

“Just Us” (weekly from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester)

Creating A Safe Environment  (quarterly)

Helping People Help Themselves  (quarterly)

Open Wide our Hearts (weekly), Salt & Light (weekly) and Justice, Peace & Life (monthly)

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Rochester Chapter  

The Grapevine Express, for the aging community, bi-monthly.

Yates Prevention Coalition News
With the legalization of recreational marijuana, the Coalition has created a short presentation to help people know the cost to society of another potentially addictive substance.  We are relying on people to contact their elected town and village representatives to express concern, and to indicate where dispensaries/head shops could be located that would make it less accessible to youth, vulnerable adults and the elderly.  See the presentation on its Facebook page.

The Coalition meets monthly, via Zoom, on the 4th Wednesday at 3 PM.  All are welcome.  Stay up to date by visiting its Facebook page or visit its website.

Are you a family with young children?  Healthy Families of Ontario & Yates may be of some help.

Yates INSYGHT (Inclusive Network Supporting Youth and families towards Growth, Health, and Teamwork) is committed to giving youth and families the support they need through an integrated system, made up of families and agencies.





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