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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The Sacrament of Confirmation

What’s it all about?   Let this You Tube video give you  an introduction to what can be expected by preparing for and receiving the strengthening of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. 

For those enrolled in the preparation for this sacrament, the learning’s intention is to deepen one’s relationship with God and His people. Sessions begin and end in prayer. The Scriptures are broken open. Church history is examined. Stories of the saints are read, and how their intercession help us today is discussed. Learning how to discern God’s continuing call to grow in love, service and holiness is also stressed. Continued baptismal grace and an outpouring of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to live as Christ’s disciples in today’s world are the ongoing result.

The Diocesan Guide on Confirmation can be found here

Another way of explaining Confirmation can be found here

Registration for Confirmation


Very early, the better to signify the gift of the Holy Spirit, an anointing with perfumed oil (chrism) was added to the laying on of hands. This anointing highlights the name “Christian,” which means “anointed” and derives from that of Christ himself whom God “anointed with the Holy Spirit.” This rite of anointing has continued ever since, in both East and West. For this reason the Eastern Churches call this sacrament Chrismation, anointing with chrism, or myron which means “chrism.” In the West, the term Confirmation suggests that this sacrament both confirms and strengthens baptismal grace. (CCC 1289)









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