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 child—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: 2020-2021 School Year – What to do first

It’s time for CYE Registration! There are two (2) forms for Registration this year. Please be sure to fill out All three of these (CYE-Registration-Background, CYE-Registration-Medical, and 2020-COVID and send/bring them back to us at your soonest convenience – St. Columba CYE, 342 Iron Street. Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1824

The last (bottom) download file is for students who will be attending CYE virtually from home. For that, please also fill out the Home-School-CYE form.

The start date for CYE classes is September 13, and we will be following the classroom model of our school, in terms of virtual/in-person learning. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the start date.

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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 prepare 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.

Helen McMenamin
CYE Coordinator
570.784.0801 Ext. 4

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