August 1, 2023 | Local News, Youth
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

VBS kids play outside on a slip-n-slide covered with soap at St. Thomas More Parish in Paducah. This year was the first year they held it on church grounds — with 90 kids participating. COURTESY OF ST. THOMAS MORE PARISH

Vacation Bible School 2023 across the diocese

Across the diocese, kids spent the summer exploring, traveling the world, going on adventures with their pets, and some even went to outer space… all from the comfort of their parishes. Though themes may have all been different, the goal was the same: to gain an understanding that Jesus helps guide us through this life. It was a great way to learn more about the Catholic faith while having fun and making new friends. Thank you to all the volunteers that made this another great summer of Vacation Bible School. – WKC staff 

Children dance during a segment at Vacation Bible School at Holy Spirit Parish in Bowling Green. Their theme was Stellar, Shine Jesus’ Light. COURTESY OF ALLISON STEEN-BAKER

Children play a game outside St. William Parish in Knottsville during Vacation Bible School 2023. Their theme was “Cathletics! ‘For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come,’ 1 Timothy 4:8.” COURTESY OF LAUREN JOHNSON

Rachel Hardesty, a volunteer at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish’s VBS, runs the children through a course of activities outside the Owensboro parish. COURTESY OF ROBIN MURPHEY

Children pose in front of a display as they get ready for classes in their Pets Unleashed Vacation Bible School at St. Agnes Parish, Uniontown. COURTESY OF ST. AGNES PARISH

Originally printed in the August 2023 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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