Youth Organizations and Activities

Point yourself in the right direction now; when you are older, you won’t be lost

Joining a group will give you a sense of belonging. When you feel “at home” and “safe” at youth ministries, you are most likely to stay actively involved.Our youth activities and organizations are filled with meaningful teaching, discussion, worship, and relationships, everything that will keep you coming back.
Our groups will give you the opportunity to develop your skills through service or leadership projects with others of your own age.
If you are in grades 2 to 12, Saint Columba Parish has many ways for you to become involved. All activities are supervised by adults with state and federal clearances and each one meets in a Parish facility.
Take a look at the list below and see where your talents lead you. Get in touch with the organization’s contact person and be part of our Parish.

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Aftershock is open to 7th and 8th graders. We meet from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Life Teen room upstairs in the St. Columba Parish Center.  Enter through the doors in the back by the school’s playground. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the mission of our ministry is to empower young people to develop a personal relationship with Jesus to they can live as disciples of Christ. Ours is an interactive program that uses technology and media in a manner that matches the skills and interests of our youth membership.

Aftershock is being suspended for the time being. So beginning last week, 8th graders are invited to Life Teen. This will continue until further notice.

Here is the schedule going forward: Another Dimension , 10/25
Detecting a Signal, 11/01
Unheard, 11/08
Muted, 11/15
Viva! Christ the King, 11/22
Spoken, 12/06
Declare, 12/13
Echo, 12/20

We are very much looking forward to seeing you all each week enjoying some fun. Our meeting time is 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We will meet in the Life Teen room, which is upstairs in the parish center. Enter through the library door in the back of the church by the playground. In keeping in line with the Harrisburg guidelines, we maintain a social distance of 6 feet apart and we will wear masks. An email and text goes out every week as a reminder. If you are not receiving these reminders, or have any questions or concerns, please call or text Mrs. Konkolics at, 570-441-3459.

If you would like to help with snack donations, it is best to donate snacks that are individually wrapped so that they are always fresh, or soda, water, or freshly baked items. Gift cards for Giant, Weis, or Walmart are always appreciated. Please drop or mail your donation to the Parish office or contact Karen Konkolics at 570-441-3459. Thank you so very much!   


Karen Konkolics

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Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America (the BSA) is one of the largest Scouting organizations in the United States of America and one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with more than 2.4 million youth participants and nearly one million adult volunteers.

Scouts BSA are also inviting boys in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to join Troop 24. The troop meets every Tuesday evening as well from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the School Cafeteria. For more information, you may contact Ed Dilg at 570-204-2994, April Carl at 570-336-4281, or Rose Marie Rhoads at 570-854-1756. Bring a friend! We look forward to meeting you!

The BSA was founded in 1910, and since then, more than 110 million Americans have been participants in BSA programs at some time. The BSA is part of the international Scout Movement and became a founding member organization of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1922.

The BSA’s goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. For younger members, the Scout method is part of the program to instill typical Scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoors skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking.


Rose Marie Rhoads

Ed Dilg

April Carl

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For girls in grades 2 – 3: Girl Scouts in the Brownie® program are ready to take on the world, and Girl Scouts lets them do just that! They want to learn new things and show off what they know. They want to explore the world and meet new people. And they want to do big things that make them feel great!

At Girl Scouts, she’ll take that first hike in the great outdoors, visit a science museum, and band together as a mighty Brownie team to sell cookies (and use some of the money to help others). Life is good when you’re a Brownie!


Carol Moore

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Cadette Scouts

We meet on Mondays from 6-7:30 pm, upstairs in the Parish Center.

For girls in grades 6 – 8: Making true-blue friends, saving the planet, standing up against stereotypes, using their team power for the greater good—that’s what being a Girl Scout Cadette is all about.

Cadettes blaze new trails in the wilderness, write and direct their own movies, take the stage for public speaking, make delicious meals from around the world, and pick up tools to do some woodworking. Their curiosity and imagination lead the way as they try all kinds of new experiences.


Lori Traupman

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Cub Scouts

Cub Scouting develops confident, faithful, moral, responsible, honest boys in our community. Our ministry began in the late 1980s to encourage boys 6-12 to do their best in fun activities with the purpose of developing positive characteristics and values.

SCOUTS BSA is inviting all elementary boys and girls to join the Scouts BSA at the St. Columba Church Pack 24. The Pack Meetings are held every Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Church Cafeteria. All interested parties may contact the Columbia Montour BSA at 570-784-2700, April Carl at 570-336-4281, or Rose Marie Rhoads at 570-854-1756. We are looking forward to meeting you – bring a friend! We have a great time with outdoor activities and many more events.

We are affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America and volunteers must have clearances.

We sponsor an annual popcorn and peanut sale, collect food for the food bank and clean up litter in our church as at Camp Lavigne.


Bill Harding, Lori Harding

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Catholic Youth Education Program

Our Mission: “Our future together in Faith is to teach our children to know, love, and serve God and his people in the Catholic tradition.”

Our Philosophy: The Religious Education Program at St. Columba Church exists to aid parents—the primary educators of their children—in preparing their children to come to full maturity in the Christian life. Parents who decide to homeschool their children, either for all subject areas or religious formation alone, are expected to contact their Pastor, or his delegate, to indicate their intentions.

The Parish is the Eucharistic Community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the Catechesis of children and parents (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2223).

The Religious Education Program of Saint Columba Parish follows the guidelines of the Diocese of Harrisburg. Mass, prayer, Bible and religious reading, and class are the foundation of our faith!

Curriculum: CYE students from Kindergarten through Grade 8 use the diocesan-approved textbook BLEST ARE WE, Faith and Word Edition.  This textbook is Catechism referenced.

Our High School Curriculum includes the Bible, the Catechism, and guest speakers.

Applied learning is evident in the many charitable activities students participate in throughout the school year.

For more about CYE, check out the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website.

CYE contact

Joseph Mullen
CYE Coordinator
570.784.0801 Ext. 4

CYE: 2021-2022 School Year – What to do first

It’s time for CYE Registration!  CYE classes start Sunday, September 12, at 9:10 a.m. in the Gym. For new families/students, CYE registration for the 2021-2022 school year materials can be obtained in the Parish Office.
Parents are required by the Diocese of Harrisburg to complete a new Medical Emergency form each year for each child and confirm their registration in the CYE Program for the school year.
The cost per CYE student will be $30.00 for the school year. All families are to be registered as members of St. Columba Parish.  
CYE exists to assist parents to educate their children in their Catholic faith. Teaching volunteers will be needed for the coming year for 3rd grade.  Consider this as a ministry to our children. Contact Joe Mullen at 784-0801 x4 for additional information. 

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Once CYE begins, children should meet their teachers and classes in the cafeteria. If your child is entering 1st grade or 7th grade, be sure that you register since the Diocese of Harrisburg requires a two-year preparation program to receive the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. Confirmation and First Communion are both held in the spring.

Please let us know if you have attended the religious education program in a different parish. To participate in CYO, your child must participate in CYE. Coaches will periodically check to see if this requirement is being met.

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CYO Basketball

CYO basketball is a winter-long competitive basketball experience. We provide Biddy Basketball for Kindergarten through second graders in an instructional setting that begins in late February.
We also offer a third through sixth-grade basketball traveling program that is officially sanctioned by the Diocese but this option is for Parish participants only.
We do not require a registration fee to play CYO basketball but instead hold a month-long fundraiser in which players sell tickets.

BIDDY BASKETBALL REGISTRATION: Registration for participation in the 2020 Saint Columba Biddy Basketball League is underway. Biddy basketball is a fun, instructional program for boys and girls from grades kindergarten through 2nd grade who are Saint Columba parishioners or students. Registration forms are available at both the Saint Columba school and parish offices. Cost is $20. The program is also looking for coaches for the respective teams. Deadline for registration is Sunday, February 1.


Scott Blake

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Girl Scouts / Senior & Ambassador Level

Tuesdays in the cafeteria from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

For girls in grades 9 – 12 – Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who will make this world a better place. Girl Scouting is designed to build leaders from every girl through empowerment.

Each meeting is designed to allow girls to “discover, connect, and take action.”

Membership is open to all girls, regardless of nationality or religious affiliations. We sponsor monthly service projects and hold two national fundraisers including a Spring sale of Girl Scout Cookies.


Carol Moore

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Jr. Girl Scouts

We meet on Mondays from 6-7:30 pm, upstairs in the Parish Center.

For girls in grades 4 – 5: Want to meet a real-life superhero? Just talk to a Girl Scout Junior who wakes up every day ready to play a new role.

Juniors are explorers when they go camping for the first time. They’re CEOs when they market and sell cookies. They’re scientists when they perform energy audits and go on nature walks. And they’re product designers and writers when they earn their Innovation and Storytelling badges. Not to mention change-makers, big-idea thinkers, and future leaders. Superheroes, indeed!


Carol Moore

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For students in grades 9 – 12: LifeTeen strengthens our teens’ Catholic identity while rooting them firmly in Christ and in His Church. Life Teen is open to all high schoolers! We usually meet from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the LifeTeen room in the St. Columba parish center. Enter through the library in the rear by the school playground.

Tonight’s Life Night is called “Prone to Wander”. It is the last in the series AFTER EXODUS. The goal of “Prone to Wander” is for teens to understand what it means to practice charity through breaking open the seventh and tenth commandments.
• We all have the right to private property, and we are all meant to respect one another’s belongings.
• We are meant to place our hope solely in God rather than relying on material possessions to make us comfortable.
• We can be more charitable to God and neighbor through practices of giving and prayer.

We provide a safe environment once a week to talk, laugh, play games, and most importantly, learn how to deepen our faith which is so vital to each of us personally and to our communities. This year, Life Teen is not only open to high schoolers, we invite all 8th graders as well.
I will be sending that out in an email and a text every week as a reminder. If you think I do not have your email address or phone number, call or text me at 570-441-3459 and give it to me so that I can include you in my Life Teen groups.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me, Karen Konkolics, at or call me at 570-441-3459

Life Teen logo
Life Teen contact


Karen Konkolics

If you would like to help with snack donations, we could use snacks of any kind. It is best to donate snacks that are individually wrapped so that they are always fresh. Soda and water is something we use every week. The teens also LOVE freshly baked items. We also make great use of gift cards: Giant, Weis, or Walmart. Life Teen provides pizza and snacks for the teens every week, so if you can help in any way it would be greatly appreciated. It is best to drop or mail your donation to the Church office. Or you can contact Karen Konkolics at 570-441-3459 to make other arrangements. Thank you so very much.

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Vacation Bible School

What a fantastic week at VBS. Thank you to all who made it possible. Thank you to Monsignor and Fr. Mowery who gave permission and supported the event. Thank you to the volunteers (crew leaders and station leaders), without whom we could have never pulled this off. Thank you to all who generously donated materials and snacks. Most of all, thank you to all the parents who brought your kiddos to VBS. They were cooperative, well behaved, and so much fun to be with.

SAVE THE DATE for next year.  July 11 to July 15.  Same time.  9 am to 12 noon.  Hope to see you all back again!!

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a ministry outreach our church provides to educate children about God.


Karen Konkolics

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Saint Columba School

St. Columba School welcomes every child of any faith background to its morally and spiritually rich environment which features exemplary academics, solid faith formation, leadership privileges, and community outreach opportunities. We have earned a fine reputation for inspiring our students to reach their potential and achieve personal success.

Motivated by consistently superior achievements, St. Columba School will continue to prepare students for the 21st century by offering an integrated approach that brings together mind and body, matter and spirit, knowledge and reason, science and religion.

Our goal of total student development implies that we will provide academic, spiritual, and physical development at high ethical and moral standards in all areas to all students. We are the transformers of lives while St. Columba School is the mecca of inspiration and innovation.

ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL wishes to thank the entire St. Columba Community for its support of the school’s fundraisers. The last large fundraiser for this school year will be the Race for Education and again the school hopes everyone will support the Race for Education. The following are the fundraisers: Fall Mums, Apple Dumplings, Winterfest, Magazine/Cookie Dough, Greenery; Gala, Annual Gift, Leprechaun 5K, Capriotti’s, Discount Cards, and Raise the Region.

As part of their commitment to community service, St. Columba School Seventh and Eighth graders renovated the front grounds of the school. With generous donations from Home Depot, our students removed old mulch and added dozens of shrubs and perennial bulbs. Looking forward to all the color at our school entrance.

Sixth Graders in Computer Science/Technology class programming with tablets.

Pre-Schoolers work on a math project.


Principal, Mr. Peter Morisco

St. Columba School’s Seventh Graders initiated and ran a successful Warm Sock Drive that culminated with over 2,000 pairs of warm socks donated to nine nursing homes and shelters during November 2020. Students and parishioners contributed enough socks that every recipient received two pairs and each program was given at least 100 additional pairs to distribute as needed. Above: One of the many announcements shared in the weekly Parish Bulletin.

Monsignor Lawrence blesses the landscaping efforts of the Seventh and Eighth graders.

Principal Peter Morisco reads a Spanish edition of Dr. Suess during Read Across America week to Seventh Grade.

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