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.

Aftershock

For students in grades 7 and 8: 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.

Edge Nights focus on Catechesis, specific issues, and building community. The Core Team for Life Teen consists of adult Parishioners, all who have the required clearances for youth programs.

Come on Saturday evening, September 7, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. to meet the CORE and other AFTERSHOCKers. Bring your parents (if you want) for games, refreshments, and fellowship. We meet in the parish center, 2nd floor. Gather in the parish library. Entrance is located at the school playground. Everyone is welcome to bring a friend. 


We will meet next on Saturday, October 5. Same time – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Same place – upstairs in the parish center. Our night is called “Trust.” 
The goal of this Edge Night The goal of this Small Group Edge Night is for the youth to see Mary as an example of trust in God. 
If you would like more information about our Edge and Life Teen youth ministries, feel free to con-tact Karen Konkolics at 570-441-3459 or kekonkolics@gmail.com

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!   

Contact

Karen Konkolics
570.441.3459

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.

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.

Contact

Ed Dilg
570.784.080

Brownies

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!

Contact

Carol Moore
e4moore@aol.com

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.

Contact

Lori Traupman
e4moore@aol.com

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.

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.

Contact

Bill Harding, Lori Harding
570.336.0319

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.

Contact

Scott Blake
570.912.2607

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.

Contact

Carol Moore
e4moore@aol.com

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!

Contact

Carol Moore
e4moore@aol.com

LifeTeen

For students in grades 9 – 12: Life Teen strengthens our teens’ Catholic identity while rooting them firmly in Christ and in His Church. Life Teen is open to all high schoolers! We 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.


This Sunday, September 15, our Life Night is entitled: “God or Unicorn.” We will be in the Life Teen room as usual. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Hope to see you there.
 
KEY CONCEPTS: ▪Posing questions in regard to faith is healthy, necessary, and encouraged so long as we strive to grow in faith and our knowledge of Church teaching. We can know of God’s existence by recognizing the order found in cre-ation and the natural law written on our hearts, but ul-timately because God has revealed Himself to us. Faith in God and knowledge of His love for each per-son are strengthened by the testimony of believers. 

Next week, in “Religion or Freedom,” the goal is to reveal the need for religion and the tendency toward religious practice each person has and foster confidence in the Catholic Church as the one church established by Jesus. 

Contact

Karen Konkolics
570.441.3459

Vacation Bible School

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

Contact

Karen Konkolics
570.441.3459

https://vbspro.events/p/events/www-saintcolumbachurch-org

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 and the profit from them: Fall Mums – $740; Yankee Candle – $561; Apple Dumplings – $910; TV Raffle – $1,915; Winterfest – $9,626; Magazine/Cookie Dough – $1,280; Greenery – $372; Gala – $11,147; Annual Gift $23,940; Leprechaun 5K $6,829; Capriotti’s – $556; Discount Cards – $1,000; Raise the Region – $2,439;Giant A+ Reward Cards – $3,009 – Total $64,970.

Following the annual St. Columba School graduation Mass, 8th Grade teacher Miss McKenna shakes graduate Alina Shannon’s hand before presenting her with a medallion to commemorate her academic accomplishment. Monsignor Lawrence and school principal Dr. Robert Marande also participated in the ceremonies.

Contact

Principal, Dr. Robert Marande
570.784.5932

8th Grade homeroom and Middle School math teacher Miss McKenna shared her reflections about the 2019 graduating class from St. Columba School at the June 12 program. Other speakers included school principal Dr. Robert Marande, and Student Council officers John Guerriero, Alina Shannon, and Reed Keck.