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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Faith Formation/Religious Education

To the glory of God we hope to form intentional disciples: modeled after our Savior, Jesus Christ, in obedience to the Father with the aid of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of Mary, Mother of God, and all the angels and saints.

Being an intentional disciple means having an encounter with God that changes our lives.  That change compels us to want to share God’s love and mercy with others.  It can happen at any age!  Here is the testimony of Mari Pablo, who was 10 when she had her encounter.  We help ourselves to encounter God through prayer, celebrating the Sacraments, studying the Bible, serving, participating in the life and ministries of the Church and mission trips; educating ourselves about our faith (religious education), having fellowship with other believers, journaling and spiritual direction.  Intentional disciples can also defend the faith (Apologetics).  This webinar from Word on Fire Institute explains it.

In this parish we offer Faith Formation through the “Family” model. Once monthly families meet at one of the worship sites for enrichment to the weekly lessons. Singles and families at all life cycles/stages are welcome. The materials selected and the facilitator’s role aim to “reveal in the Person of Christ the whole of God’s eternal design reaching fulfillment in Christ. It is to seek to understand the meaning of Christ’s actions and words and of the signs worked by Him.”  We rely on parents to continue their learning about God and the Church through the offerings on FORMED.  We expect parents to model a life of study, prayer and service with the help of our staff.  We expect them to help their children weekly with their lessons from Word of Life, our chosen curriculum (if not sending them to St. Michael’s School).  It is also imperative for children to learn prayers, Bible stories and activities published on our Diocese’s website.  If done on Sundays, it honors the third Commandment: “Keep the Lord’s Day holy.”  Catechesis aims at putting ‘people. . . in communion. . . with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.” —CCC 426  To register your family for Religious Ed., please complete this form RE registration for 2022-23 and return it to the Parish Center with the appropriate fee.  As a group, we like to begin in September, but register at any time.  We will enfold you.

As a member of the diocesan church, we are bound to the guidelines it sets forth. Educational opportunities are in conformity with the diocese and the mandates of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The 4 Pillars of the Faith & 14 themes provides a quick overview. Prayers everyone should know are found here. Preparation for reception of the Sacraments is done outside of regular Faith Formation.  Contact the Religious Education Coordinator or Pastor for more info.

Our individual stories write our sacred stories.  To learn the importance of recording them, click here.

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Enjoy this song that helps us to share the Good News within the family and with others.





















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