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. Children are ready to prepare for sacraments when they have completed at least one year of religious instruction in the year prior to the year when preparing for the sacrament and be enrolled in the current year of religious education, as well as the classes for sacramental preparation.
For parents not choosing St. Michael’s School, or for parents who are home schooling, the parish has selected the “Alive in Christ” program offered by Our Sunday Visitor. It is built around 7 doctrinal themes with grade and developmental level foci. Parents get a home study session plan and “Parent Pages” giving parents, the information and knowledge needed to pass on the faith at home. Each child in grades 1-8 has a workbook, which is also available as an e-book. When learners are done with a chapter, they take an online review and chapter test. It is decidedly Catholic, with our practices, images and models of faith presented. The monthly (Sept. – May) 1.5 hr. family gathering dovetails what the student learns about that month. Check it out at www.aliveinchrist.osv.com.
Families may attend the monthly meets at any of the worship sites. (See the events calendar for times and locations.) Together, families learn Bible stories, the great story of salvation through Christ Jesus and a better understanding our Catholic faith through games, songs, crafts and other activities.
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