Columbus Catholic
Youth Ministry (CCYM)

Columbus Catholic Youth Ministry is a Tri-Parish Ministry. All junior high and high school youth are part of CCYM. The Catholic parishes in Columbus do not have their own individual youth groups, rather, the primary youth ministry group in Columbus is the Godparent Program. All teens are invited to be part of the Godparent Program. Mission trips, Steubenville conference, March for Life Pilgrimage and fundraising are all part of Columbus Catholic Youth Ministry.

CCYM Coordinators: Lynn Heinrich and Sarah Doerneman. Email us at

GodTeens, also known as, Godparents is the primary Catholic youth program in Columbus. High school teens from all three high schools are invited to be part of Godparents. This program has five pillars: Faith, Family, Fun, Friends, Food.

Teens who register are grouped into small groups of 8-10, co-ed. They are placed with a faith-filled Catholic couple who open their home to the group of teens every Wednesday evening from 7-8:30pm. There is an ice breaker, lesson on faith and topics relevant to high school issues and they end the evening with snacks social time. The teens become part of the couple's family as they continue with the same family for the entire 4 years they are in high school.

If interested in being a Godparent Couple, please email us at

If you would like to register your teen, please download the registration form and mail with your registration fee.

REGISTRATION starting soonfor Steubenville 2021! More details to come!

Registration forms will be available at your parish rectory. Please mail with deposit of $50 (non-refundable) to Columbus Catholic Youth Ministry, 1869 39th Ave, Columbus,NE 68601. Checks made out to CCYM or you can pay with PayPal at PayPal.Me/columbuscatholic.

Every summer, CCYM takes 3 busloads of high school teens from Columbus to experience the Steubenville conference in Springfield, Missouri. Steubenville conferences, which originated at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, now take place all over the nation reaching over 25,000 high school teens, helping them to Encounter Jesus in a powerful way. To learn more about the conference, check out!

Download Registration form

Columbus students have been participating in Mission Trips for several years! Hope Nebraska is a week long mission that works with Hope of the Poor and is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Omaha. This mission trip usually happens the first part of June. The mission takes place at the Winnebago reservation here in Nebraska, and also time is spent in Macy, Nebraska. Information will be available in February.

Other ways to get involved and grow in your faith!

Learn more about JC Camp

TEC (Teens Encounter Christ)

Casting Nets

March for Life

Columbus Catholic Youth Ministry Calendar