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

2023 Vocations poster
Orzels working on Pflaum weekly lesson
LaChapelle Shrine
1 of 4 Grandma's Kitchen
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As Catholics, we know that receiving Jesus in the Eucharist spurs us to action, whether locally, nationally or internationally.  Young or old, or any age in between, Jesus is counting on us!

For the protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults, all adult volunteers and employees must complete MANDATORY training and agree to a background check, before beginning their volunteer service/work.  Evidence of course completion and a clean background will be sent electronically to Patty Larzelere, parish coordinator of Safe Environment compliance.  At this point the person is considered “certified.”  All certified volunteers/employees need to renew their training & background checks every 3 years.  On this page, you can access links to the training, all necessary forms, any safe environment updates and the quarterly CASE newsletter.  Any printed information is secured in a locked file cabinet.  After no volunteering for 7 years, all information is shredded for your protection.

Some areas where volunteers are needed and welcomed are:

  • Advisory Committees: (Pastoral Council, Finance Council, Buildings & Grounds, Cemeteries (St. Michael’s (2), St. Patrick’s & St. Theresa’s, Stanley) St. Michael’s School & Technology.
  • Evangelical and Catechetical ministries:  Providing receptions after Mases and funerals (Martha’s Ministers), forming small groups (men, women, youth), leading classes for children, teens and adults, planning Care of the Community meets and other social gatherings: ecumenical Thanksgiving dinner (St. Januarius), book club, prayer group, movie nights, quilters/prayer shawl knitters) sacramental preparation, including Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) & Order of Christian Initiation of Children (OCIC), committee members.
  • Liturgical ministries: (Greeters, ushers, Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW), lectors, altar servers, musicians, cantors, choir members, Eucharistic ministers, especially to the homebound; decorators, sacristans, cleaners, launderers, count team, committee members, social media updater.
  • Stewardship ministries:  Cleaners, gardeners, Time, Talent & Treasure outreach/compilation, Spring/Fall clean up at all worship sites and rectories, mowing, yard sale (St. Januarius), committee members.
  • Social Ministries:  committee members/planners; feeding:  youth at school (Grandma’s Kitchen) & the hungry in the community, promoting:  Respect Life month (October) and Public Policy Weekend (February); supporting:  local Care Nets (Baby Bottle and Baby Shower Drives), food pantries (collection and distribution), Yates Christmas Program, Operation Rice Bowl, Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection (September), activities of Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes; creating: homeless kits, quilts and knitted items and encouraging:  sale of fairly traded products, participation in Warm Hands/Hearts & Angel/Giving Tree collection and distribution, immigration reform and any anti-poverty/human trafficking opportunities, committee members.
  • Our service organizations:  the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Michael; & the Knights of Columbus.

We look forward to welcoming you as a volunteer!

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