Faith Formation and Youth Group

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. -Mother Teresa


About Faith Formation and Youth Group at St. Columbkille

Faith Formation is a Sunday School Bible-based Program for all children Pre-K through 6th grade. We provide formation of our Christian faith and information to develop that faith. The program flows from the Sunday Gospel. The children will learn their faith, based on the rhythms of the liturgical year.

This program is based on a method of instruction that integrates faith lessons with life of the parish community experienced in the Sunday Eucharist.

Our program is set up for the children to attend the 9:00 am Mass with their parents (September through May).  After Mass donuts, juice, healthy snacks and coffee will be served.

Sacraments are not required to attend this program, however sacrament preparation is scheduled at a different time frame and will follow the Diocesan policy, which requires two years of formation.  For more information contact us.

If you are interested in registering your child or children, please feel free to print our registration pages, complete the forms and return to the Parish Office via mail, or scan to Roxanne Schuster at We would like to have all registration forms in by September 12th so that we can plan accordingly, but your family is welcome to join at any time of the year. Registration packets are also available in the church narthex and Parish Office.

Looking for Catechists

We are always recruiting new Liturgical Catechists for our program. We would like to have two teachers, or one teacher and one assistant per class.  Not only do the children benefit from this program, but parents will too. We anticipate a successful year for our parish children and their families. If you are interested in joining us please contact our Faith Formation Coordinator, Roxanne Schuster at 239-489-3973. No experience is necessary, we will train you & give you all the support you need.

About Youth Group at St. Columbkille

Our Youth Group begins in September and is for students in grades 7-12. We strive to integrate our faith with various spiritual, social and recreational activities. Weekly meetings run from September through May. We also have social activities throughout the year that give our youth and their families a chance to be active in parish life. Youth Group meetings are held after the 5:30pm Mass on Sunday, and begin with food & social time in our Ministry Center Youth Room. During the Covid pandemic, meetings are held via Zoom or in Iona Hall where there is plenty of space for social distancing. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Manya Vartdal at or call the parish office at 239-489-3973

Someone asked “Why should kids be in a Youth Group?” 

Here are just a few reasons:

  1. In a Youth Group we develop lifelong friendships.
  2. Being part of a Christian group means we believe in, and practice forgiveness.
  3. We look around the world and wish we could make a difference, in Youth Group we are called to serve our community and be mindful of the needs of others.
  4. Being in a Youth Group can help give us direction to choose what is right. 
  5. By ourselves we don’t always feel close to God, in Youth Group we can explore and practice our faith in a safe place and being together strengthens our faith.
  6. In Youth Group we can share our concerns and pray for them with others who care.
  7. In Youth Group all are welcome, we can bring friends who may have the same concerns or questions and need a supportive group of friends.
  8. In Youth Group we are connected to the larger church, to learn, grow in faith, love, and change our world. 

Come join us as we have fun, explore our faith and learn about God’s Great Love!

Youth Group will begin for grades 7-12 in September after the 5:30 Mass on Sundays

Registration packets can be done on our website or picked up at the Parish Office.


Preparing for Confirmation is typically a two year process beginning in the 9th grade. Candidates should be a member of our Youth Group or enrolled at a local Catholic High School. The second year includes sacramental preparation classes as well as participation in our Youth Group.
If you are interested please click on the Confirmation form to the right, complete the application and return it to Manya Vartdal.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Manya Vartdal at or call the parish office at 239-489-3973.

If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me.

Joan of Arc

What is a Catechist?

A catechist … doesn’t know all the answers … doesn’t need a degree … enjoys being with children and sharing his/her faith.

A catechist … works as part of a team … is not a lecturer … knows how to listen … does fun activities … helps children and youth … celebrates her/his faith.

A catechist … plans each class beforehand using materials provided … teaches one class for one hour on Sundays after Mass … attends meetings for training and updating.

Please consider sharing your faith, your time and talents with the children of St. Columbkille. Men & women individually are welcome to join this ministry and we would be happy to see husband and wife teams as well. Call Jeannette Gotz at the Parish Office 489-3973 if you would like to learn more about this opportunity.