V.B.S. (Summer Catechesis Program)

June 5 – June 30th


Hello Ascension Families!

We are so excited to announce that VBS WILL BE HAPPENING this year! With two modifications, though.  Instead of you bringing your kids to VBS, we’re bringing VBS to your kids.  The second modification is that it is FREE for families!

This summer, on June 5 through June 30th, we’ll be using a quarantine-friendly VBS called BOLT.  With minimal preparation, easy-to-follow instructions, and a video that leads you and your kids step-by-step through each of the 3 days, BOLT is designed for you to perform with your family at home, it’s so simple! During BOLT, your family will participate in fun games that illustrate what it means to listen to, focus on, and follow Jesus.  Depending on your pace, you can expect that each day’s experience will last about an hour and a half.  It’s great for kids 5 and up.  Even middle and high school kids can enjoy it (or even lead it!).

If you want to get a better idea of what BOLT is, you can watch the Day 2 sample video here.  (But don’t let your kiddos see it just yet-we want to save the fun for later.)

BOLT is a wonderful project for you and your family to participate in this summer.  Please keep in mind, although the program is very spiritual and scripturally based, it is not a Catholic based program.  You may want to view day 3.  At the end of day 3 they talk the children through the process of accepting Jesus into their hearts.  We as Catholics understand that Jesus came into our hearts through the Holy Spirit during the sacrament of baptism. We have a chance every day and every minute to follow Jesus in our lives.  You can check out this portion of the program and decide to skip this portion with your children if you feel more comfortable.  This can be found at 20:15 minutes into Day 3 Video, during the music session.  This program is very much adaptable to your needs.

During your families VBS experience we encourage you to take pictures and short videos of your experience. Please send them to us by June 26th so that we can do a VBS Celebration in July! We will compile the videos and photos to share with everyone.  Anyone who has been to our office knows that we like to post photos of everyone on Miss Shelly’s desk for everyone to view.  Photos and videos will also be shared electronically.

Please be aware there are some items such as parent/leader guides and coloring pages that will need to be printed.  If your family is unable to print these please contact our office and we would be happy to print them for you.



1. Share this information with all of your family and friends so they can join in the fun!

2. Download the Parent and Leader Guide (click on the name of the document). This will have password needed to access the Family Portal as well as other important information about BOLT.

3. Click on the Family Portal below to gain access to the videos, game instructions, origami instructions and additional coloring pages (should you wish to use them).

4. Be sure to take pictures and/or videos and e-mail them to [email protected] so we can create our VBS Celebration video!

Click here for a packet with all of the downloads for all 3 days combined. Please contact us if you need it (or any part of it) printed. 


Your link to fun and faith-filled times!


Catholic Icing has created a Catholic VBS program which has all the plans you need to have a fun and memorable week with your kids in your own back yard! Lessons, crafts, fun snacks, swag bag, decorations, games, songs, and activities are all included in this one downloadable pack! Better yet, it's only $10 for a family to download materials. Click here to learn more about this awesome opportunity (which we found out about after we had already purchased the BOLT program). There's never too much of a good thing, right?!


Questions about our Vacation Bible School?

Contact Betsy Glasenapp the Elementary Faith Formation Director at 254-1595 x3080 or by e-mail at [email protected].