Resources for an Authentically Catholic Program
Many of the parishes in the Diocese of Harrisburg have Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs. This can be an excellent vehicle for evangelization and for the on-going catechesis of our young students during the summer months. At the same time, these programs can be a lot of fun for the kids!
In accordance with Diocesan policy, please make certain that all of the steps have been implemented regarding the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Youth Protection Program for all of your catechetical programs, including Summer / Vacation Bible School programs. You can access the Diocesan Youth Protection page from the home page of the Diocesan website.
All catechetical personnel and team members are to have on file at the parish all of the necessary background clearances, a signed copy of the Employee/Volunteer Information and Disclosure Statement, and the required web-based safe environment training for adults before they assist in these programs.
It is important that we provide the children in VBS programs with authentically Catholic programs and resources. We recommend the materials listed below. Of course, some parishes may wish to create their own Catholic VBS program and we certainly do not discourage that.
The list is of recommended VBS programs are as follows:
Growing with the Saints, Parade Around the Our Father: Featuring St. Joseph of Cupertino and St. John Vianney, St. Patrick and the Holy Trinity, Assorted Saints and the Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love, Parachute with the Angels, 1 – 864 – 599 – 5697, www.growingwiththesaints.com
Our Sunday Visitor, Baobab Blast, 1-800-348-2440, www.thevbsplace.org
Liguori, Son Quest Rainforest, 1–800–325–9521, www.liguori.org/vbs/
Harcourt Religion Publishers, High Seas Expedition, 1–800–922–7696, your.harcourtreligion.com/vbs
Creative Communications for the Parish, The Great Bible Discovery Series, 1–800– 325–9414, www.creativecommunications.com/
Catholic Heritage Curricula The four booklet themes are: It’s a Mystery! The Holy Trinity; The Perfect Personality; The Secret Garden; The Household of God 1–800–490–7713, www.chcweb.com/catalog/Exclusives/