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 Theresa's Church
Stanley, NY
Parish Founded: 1876
Current Church: 1876

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, like 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.

In this parish we offer Faith Formation through the “Family” model. It provides an opportunity for peer grouping and inter-generational sharing.  Family members are assigned age appropriate lessons to be done weekly, preferably on Sundays as a way of honoring the third Commandment: “Keep the Lord’s Day holy.” 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. 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

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. Diocesan documents are enumerated here. Preparation for reception of the Sacraments is done outside of regular Faith Formation. To learn more about that, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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