Vacation Bible School: Finding Summer Joy

Vacation Bible School

Finding Summer Joy

By Robin Mull

Director of Marketing

Parishes throughout the diocese teach children about the word of God every summer in Vacation Bible School.

“The significance of Vacation Bible School is that the children are receiving the faith in a very different but joyful and loving way,” says Father Douglas E. Dorula, pastor of St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Kittanning, and administrator of St. Mary, Mother of God Parish, Yatesboro.

Many VBS volunteers are former participants. Rita and Brendan Boylan, teenage parishioners of St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, have spent a week every summer at VBS since childhood. Now they dedicate a week of their summer vacation earning service hours by teaching and leading VBS students.

Brendan says he volunteers because his friends help and it’s a fun and different way to learn the faith. He enjoys seeing children learn and grow in their faith.

“I grew up doing Vacation Bible School, and I just wanted to continue doing it,” Rita said. “Helping out is so much fun. And being with the kids is a great experience.”

Most VBS programs have a special performance for families on the closing day to show what the children have learned throughout the week.

“The kids get really enthusiastic about it,” Father Dorula said. “Their parents and their grandparents remember when they might have gone to Vacation Bible School, so it really links the generations.”



St. Patrick Parish

July 8-12, 6-8 p.m.

Information: Mary Anne Seybert, 724-526-5079 or [email protected]




St. Peter, St. Cecilia Parishes, held at Nixon Gun Club, Brownsville

June 10-12, 6-7:30 p.m.; June 13, 6-8 p.m.

Information: 724-785-7781




Immaculate Conception, St. John the Evangelist, St. Rita Parishes, at Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School, Connellsville

July 22-26, 6-8 p.m.

Information: Mary Sampey, 724-628-6840, ext. 108, or [email protected]




St. Joseph Parish

Aug. 6-8, 6-8 p.m. (cost: $10)

Information: 724-989-5725




Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Parish

July 8-12, 9 a.m.-noon

Information: Tammy Rzempoluch, [email protected]; Sister Jeanne Marie Vonder Haar, 724-834-3710, ext. 35, or [email protected]

Our Lady of Grace Parish

June 24-28, 9 a.m.-noon

Information: 724-838-9480

St. Bruno Parish

June 24-27, 9 a.m.-noon

Information: Emma Sarsfield, 724-836-0690, ext. 11




St. Barbara, Mother of Sorrows Parishes, at St. Barbara

June 10-14, 1-4 p.m.

Information: Joan Duncan, 724-744-7474; Erin Colcombe, 724-733-8870



St. Edward Parish

June 10-13, 9 a.m.-noon

Information: Cheryl Hall, 724-446-5197




St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, at St. Bernard Regional School

June 24-28, 9:30 a.m.-noon

Information: Hollie Uccellini, 724-465-2210, ext. 114




Ascension, Sacred Heart Parishes, held in Mersinger Hall

June 24-27, 9 a.m.-noon

Information: Theresa Mazur, [email protected]




St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish

June 17-21, 9 a.m.-noon

Information: 724-548-7649




Holy Family, St. John the Evangelist, St. Rose, St. Vincent Parishes, at St. John the Evangelist

July 22-24, 9 a.m.-noon

Information: Eva Japalucci, 724-537-9322 or [email protected]




Christ the King Parish

June 17-21, 9 a.m.-noon

Information: Katie Tylinski, 724-212-6740 or [email protected]; Beth Kendle, 724-433-7227 or [email protected]




Holy Trinity Parish

July 22-26, 6-8 p.m.

Information: Carol Serafin, 724-238-6341




St. Pius X Parish

June 17-21, 6-8:30 p.m.

Information: 724-547-1911



St. James Parish (with New Alexandria community churches)

July 8-12 (time TBD)

Information: William D’Angelo, 724-668-2829




St. Agnes Parish

June 24-26, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; June 27, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. performance (cost: $15, with T-shirt)

Information: Mary Blythe, 724-864-5393

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish

June 17-21, 8:30 a.m.-noon

Information: Jen Henry, 724-864-6364 or [email protected]




St. John the Baptist Parish

June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, 6-8 p.m.

Information: Scott Martin, 724-736-0158 or [email protected]




St. John the Evangelist, St. Joseph, St. Mary (Nativity), St. Therese, Little Flower of Jesus Parishes, at St. Joseph

June 24-28, 6-8:30 p.m.

Information: 724-438-2341



St. Florian Parish

VBS for senior citizens June 17-21, 9-11 a.m.; VBS for children June 24-28, 6-8 p.m.

Information: 724-423-5087




St. Cecilia, Sacred Heart Parishes, at St. Cecilia

June 24-28, 
8:45 a.m.-noon

Information: Mary Stoner, 724-423-8244, or Bill Smith, 724-423-3777




St. Mary, Mother of God Parish

June 17-21, 6-8 p.m.

Information: 724-783-7191




Holy Cross Parish

June 17-21, 6-8 p.m.

Information: Brian Lohr, [email protected]