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

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LaChapelle Shrine
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Faith Formation/Religious Education

In this parish we offer Faith Formation intergenerationally and family-style.  The goals of the program are to encourage and equip all registrants to know and joyfully live the faith. One meeting per month (for adults and children), is scheduled September – June, with weekly instructional videos and age-appropriate books offered.  Parents will receive the knowledge and tools they need to bring their children up in our faith, supported by the community.  Our Diocese’s website lists prayers, practices and Bible Stories children are expected to know by grade level. Register for faith formation by completing this form and return it to the Parish Center with the appropriate fee.

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 worship, 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 also defend the faith (Apologetics).  This webinar from Word on Fire Institute explains it.

 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 provide 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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