Parents have two options for religious education of their children in the parish. Since 1882 we have had a parochial school, St. Michael’s, Penn Yan, offering a “Christian-centered, values-based learning environment for students of all economic, racial and spiritual backgrounds, supported by a program of academic excellence” serving pre-schoolers – grade 5. More information can be found here.
All parents are expected to register their children either at St. Michael’s School, or in the parish based program. Parents can determine if their children are ready to prepare for sacraments by reading Readiness Signs for Sacramental Preparation. Additionally, the children must have completed two years of religious instruction, one in the year prior to, the other in the current year in which classes for sacramental preparation will be taken.
For parents not choosing St. Michael’s School, or for parents who are home schooling, your attendance at our monthly (Sept. – June) whole community catechesis program, “Growing in Faith Together” (GIFT) is encouraged. For families who have children who want to pursue sacramental preparation, enrollment in faith formation, which includes weekly study in a USCCB approved text, in addition to attending GIFT is required in the year prior to and including a sacramental preparation year.
GIFT puts the emphasis on adult faith formation as the cornerstone to empowering the domestic church, the proper setting for children and youth faith formation. It intends to integrate all aspects of parish life: faith formation, liturgy, community events and service under intentional themes. The goal of the catechetical process is a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. It seeks to promote discipleship and active involvement off all members of the community. Finally, it fosters the participation and interaction of all age groups. Come and experience it to learn more! In 2019-20 it will begin with the 9:30 Mass at St. Michael’s, followed by the “faith talk” (given separately to adults and children), followed by a lunch (provided) and an activity to solidify the teaching a closing and farewell. Faith, food & fun are planned.
Do you like to read or do you have a child who loves to read? Here are great lists of books that have a solid catholic message
Some great websites for children can be found below!
Camp Stella Maris offers a great way to grow in faith! They feature summer camps and weekend events all year