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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Basketball (Currently inactive)

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.

Registration for participation in the 2022 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. The cost is $25. The program is also looking for coaches for the respective teams. The deadline for registration is Sunday, January 9, 2022.


Scott Blake

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Boy Scouts

The Scouts will be collecting canned goods at the doors before the 8:00 a.m. Mass and the 10:30 a.m. Mass on February 6, 2022 to take to the Food Cupboard. Please support this initiative to feed the hungry and celebrate Scout Sunday!

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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Brownies (Currently inactive)

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 (Currently inactive)

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.

Ministry leader


Carol Moore

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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

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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.

CYE exists to assist parents to educate their children into their Catholic faith. For CYE to do this, we need your assistance to teach and support the CYE Program. We are looking for substitute teachers for most grade levels. Please contact Joe Mullen at 784-0801 for additional information.

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Girl Scouts / Senior & Ambassador Level (Currently inactive)

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 7 – 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.

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

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.

March for Life, Harrisburg, September 2022

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Life Teen logo


Ministry leader

Karen Konkolics

LIFETEEN: Life Teen will be suspended for the summer. Check back with us in August for a plan for the 2022-2023 school year. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me, Karen Konkolics, at or 570-441-3459.

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Vacation Bible School

What a fantastic week at VBS. Thank you to all who made it possible. Thank you to 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.


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, through its teaching and atmosphere, is committed to passing on a living faith in Jesus Christ. St. Columba School invests in our future, which is our students. We take this opportunity to thank the parish for its support of our school, to thank the parents of our school children for believing in our school, to thank the students for their cooperation, and to thank the administration, faculty, and support personnel for their dedication.

Contact the school for an in-person tour or visit our website and scroll down to SCS Happenings for the latest news about the good things going on every day in our parish school.

NEW: Join us for our Parish Mass beginning Catholic Schools Week 2022, celebrated by our pastor, Father Richard Mowery, accompanied by our Director of Music Ministry Catherine Chayko.

2022-2023 School Year

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Photos by David Ferdock

St. Columba School Seventh and Eighth graders completed a two-year renovation to the school’s two front gardens and the results are stunning. This year’s additions include bulbs, shrubs, Maryland River rock, a wind chime, and this statue and grotto, a gift from Mrs. Alicia Smiley, a long-time chef and friend of our school. Brown’s Landscaping donated a pink Dogwood tree for the right side of the building. Once that is planted, more photos to follow. Funding for the project came from the school faculty and staff and St. Columba Parish.

St. Columba Parish Pastor Father Richard Mowery spends time with our Middle School ELA 6 class explaining his inspiration and preparation that are part of his daily and Sunday homilies. Our students were writing their own homilies based on their 2022 birthdays. After explaining the various sources he uses and how he includes various themes, Father Mowery spent time with a number of students one-on-one with their efforts.

St. Columba School eighth-grader and top editor Elise Ferdock introduces this year’s middle school publication project titled, “36 Faces | 36 Stories”. As part of their ELA studies, school students interviewed, recorded, photographed, wrote, and designed a 77-page magazine inspired by the Humans of New York books and blog. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR PUBLICATION

A typical morning assembly is a great way to start every day. TAKE A LOOK.

St. Columba School’s graduate Emily Shapeero entered the 2020-2021 Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) Christmas Artwork Contest as an eighth grader. It was recently announced that Emily’s original artwork came in first place in this nationwide contest. She had her artwork displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. through the Advent and Christmas seasons this year, and she will also have her artwork featured on the official Pontifical Mission Societies Christmas card.

Generation Genius is an educational YouTube program created by Dr. Jeff Vinokur and is used by millions of school children around the country including our middle school science students. Then seventh grader Emily Marino enjoyed Dr. Jeff’s lessons so much that she dressed like him for Halloween and interviewed him for a four-page feature in our school’s magazine.
A producer from NBC10’s Philly Live! contacted us, inviting one of our students to participate in a television news segment about the impact of Dr. Jeff’s popular online and live science program “Generation Genius” in the state. Dr. Jeff specifically requested St. Columba School then seventh-grader Emily Morino, who had interviewed him along with seventh grader Emily LaRouche for a feature story in the middle school’s magazine, SCS. Dr. Jeff was so inspired by Emily’s enthusiasm that when he was interviewed on Philly Live, he asked that she be included in that segment. Click here to see our own Emily Marino on Philly Live with Dr. Jeff and Philly Live! lifestyle and entertainment reporter Aunyea Lachelle.

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.

New school photograph
Fr. Mowery, Pastor


Principal, Father Richard Mowery

APPRECIATION is extended to Father Richard Mowery and the rest of the administration, the faculty, and the support personnel of St. Columba School for their ministry to the students of our parish school. Thank you for sharing your education, your faith, and your love with these students. We also extend thanks to all the volunteers who have assisted in the educational needs of our young people. God will bless your service to His youth.

All four children of Jonathan and Samantha Shannon served at Sunday Mass on May 8 and all four either graduated from or are now attending St. Columba School. From left: Alina (Central Columbia High School), Saleah (St. Columba School), Tyus (St. Columba School), and Calyssa (Central Columbia High School) with Father Richard Mowery, St. Columba Church Pastor.

As part of Catholic Schools’ Week, our school students gathered together in church and prayed the rosary. Candles were held to symbolize each rosary bead. Our Eighth Graders led the school in prayer.

St. Columba School eighth-graders Emily Marino, Emily LaRouch (with scissors), and Elise Ferdock join school principal Peter Morisco in a ceremonial cutting of the red ribbon, officially opening the school’s outdoor library, located on East Third Street next to the school. Everyone is invited to take a book or two and leave one if you can. Fresh readings for both tall and short readers will be added weekly.

Saint Columba School’s 8th graders did their part for the community with the school’s annual entry in Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble’s TreeFest. Regional organizations decorate over 100 trees with ornaments and necessities which are then donated to local families in need. All our decorations were made by our students, and the family that received the school’s tree also received gift cards donated by St. Columba School families.

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): St. Columba School Seventh Graders finish packing their collected Warm Socks for Soles in preparation for pickups. The combined school and parish campaign ended with students distributing over 2,000 pairs to residents of nine regional facilities. Students include from left to right: Emily Marino (Sock Drive co-chair), Grace Viars, Elise Ferdock, Louis Venturi, Matthew Morisco, Alex Holoviak, Caden Hopper, and Emily LaRouche (Sock Drive co-chair).

Monsignor Lawrence blesses the Phase One landscaping efforts of the Seventh and Eighth graders. Both gardens undertook serious landscaping improvements with shrubs, bulbs, and new soil and mulch. Funding came from Home Depot in Bloomsburg.

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

Pre-Schoolers work on a math project.

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