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Vacation Bible Schools

Youngsters will be grounded in the rock-solid foundation of God’s love, discover why we need to care for our common home, take a Bible blast to the past, and go on other adventures during Vacation Bible Schools offered at parishes around the Diocese of Portland this summer. They are a way for youngsters to learn about their faith, while having fun and making new friends.

Below you will find a list of some of the Vacation Bible Schools being offered. Please contact the parish for more information and keep in mind that registration deadlines are often a couple weeks ahead of time so supplies can be ordered.

St. John Vianney Parish, Fort Kent June 18 - June 22, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

St. John Vianney Parish will hold a Vacation Bible School with the theme "Splash Canyon: God's Promise on Life's Wild Ride" at St. Louis Church, 26 East Main Street in Fort Kent.

Contact:  Barb Pelletier at 207-834-4984

St. Mary of Lourdes Parish, Lincoln June 18 - June 22, 9 a.m. - noon

St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Lincoln will offer a Vacation Bible School for children from ages 4 to 12 during the week of June 18 - 22. The theme is "Wilderness Adventures through the Sacraments." There is no cost to attend.

Contact: Trish Aldrich at 207-738-4112.

Good Shepherd Parish, Saco June 25 - June 29, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Children from pre-K (accompanied by a parent) through sixth grade are invited to participate in a Vacation Bible Camp at Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street in Saco, from June 25 -29. This year's theme is "Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus." The cost is $40 for one child, $70 for two children, $90 for three children, and $10 for each additional child. Click here to register.

Contact Michelle Philbrick at 207-282-4812 or michelle.philbrick@portlanddiocese.org

St. Anne Parish, Gorham June 25 - June 29, 9 a.m. - noon

St. Anne Parish in Gorham will hold a Vacation Bible School the week of June 25-29 at St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street in Gorham. The theme is "Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus."  Children from pre-K to grade 5 are invited to join in the fun.

Contact: Sister Jackie Moreau, RSM, at 207-899-5427.

St. Benedict Parish, Benedicta June 25 - June 29, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

St. Benedict Parish will hold a Vacation Bible School the week of June 25-29 at St. Benedict Church Hall, 1043 Benedicta Road in Benedicta. The theme is "Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus."  The Vacation Bible School is open to children from preschool to fifth grade. There is no cost to attend.

Contact: Parish office at 207-365-4294.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Scarborough June 25 - June 29, 8:30 a.m. - Noon

The Cluster 22 parishes will hold a Vacation Bible School from June 25 - 29 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road in Scarborough. The theme is "Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus."  Children entering grades 1-6 are welcome to participate as campers, and children entering grades 7-8 are invited to serve as junior counselors. The cost is $50 per camper, $25 for a junior counselor, with a maximum of $150 per family.  Click here to register.

Contact: Cathy Ducey at 207-883-0334 or cathy.ducey@portlanddiocese.org

St. Michael Parish, Augusta June 25 - June 29, 8:30 a.m. - Noon
St. Michael Parish will offer a Vacation Bible School in the St. Michael School gymnasium from June 26 - 29. The theme will be "Splash Canyon." The week will include Bible stories, snacks, songs, crafts, and more. The cost is $45, which includes a T-Shirt and other goodies.
 
Contact: Gail Gould at 207-623-8823.
St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Bangor June 25 - June 29, 9 a.m. - Noon

St. Paul the Apostle Parish will hold a Vacation Bible School June 25-29 at St. Joseph Church, 531 North Main Street in Brewer.  This year's theme, "Shipwrecked: Saved by Jesus," invites children to venture onto an uncharted island where Jesus will carry them through life's storms. The VBS is open to potty-trained preschoolers through fifth graders.

Contact: Aimee Brooks at aimee.brooks@portlanddiocese.org or 207-217-6584.

St. Peter Parish, Portland June 25 - June 29, 9 a.m. - Noon

A Summer Bible Camp, "Heroes of Faith," will be offered in the hall of St. Peter Parish on 72 Federal Street in Portland from June 25-29. Students in grades K-5 are invited to participate, and middle and high school students are welcome to volunteer. The cost is $25 per student or $50 per family. Please register by June 1.

Contact: Melissa Maurais at 207-773-7746 or melissa.maurais@portlanddiocese.org.

Father Dave Cote's Vacation Bible Camp June 25 - June 29, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Father Dave Cote, in cooperation with St. Peter Chanel Parish in Van Buren, will offer a Vacation Bible Camp at Sanctuary Caswell located on Franck Road in Caswell. Children in grades 1 - 4 will be picked up daily at St. Bruno-St. Remi Church in Van Buren and brought to and from the camp, which features Bible study in the morning and outdoor activities in the afternoon. There is no cost to attend. The camp is made possible through many generous volunteers including the Knights of Columbus, the Columbiettes, and the Daughters of Isabella.

Contact: Father Dave Cote at 207-868-9895 or 207-325-4202.

Parish of the Ascension of the Lord, Kittery July 9-13 and July 16-20, 9 a.m. to Noon

The Parish of the Ascension of the Lord will offer Vacation Bible School at two locations during the month of July.  From July 9 - 13, a VBS will be held at Our Lady of the Angels Church, 160 Agamenticus Road in South Berwick, and from July 16-20, it will be held at St. Christopher Church, 4 Barrell Lane in York.  The theme for both is "Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus," and both run from 9 a.m. to noon and are intended for children from kindergarten through grade 6.  The cost is $25 per child.

Contact: Shawn Gregory or Veronica Richards at 207-475-0192.

Parish of the Holy Eucharist, Falmouth July 23 - July 27, 9 am. to 12:15 p.m.

The Parish of the Holy Eucharist will hold a Catholic Kidz Camp: "Tracking Mary, Mysteries & Messages," from July 23 - 27 at Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road in Falmouth. Children entering grades K-5 in the fall are welcome to attend. The cost is $35 per child.  Teen helpers are welcome to attend at no cost.

Contact: Georgette Dionne at 207-553-9076 or visit www.pothe.org.

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, Camden July 30 - August 3, 9 a.m. to Noon

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish will offer a Vacation Bible School with the theme "Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus" from July 30 - August 3.  The VBS will be held at Our Lady of Good Hope Church, 7 Union Street in Camden. Children from kindergarten to grade 5 are welcome. The cost is $10 per child and $25 for a family with three or more children.

Contact: Sister Kathleen Luppens at kathleen.luppens@portlanddiocese.org or 207-236-4785, Ext. 109.

Holy Savior Parish, Rumford August 6 -10, 9 a.m. to Noon

Holy Savior Parish will present a Vacation Bible School "Growing in our Faith in God through the Gifts & Fruits of the Holy Spirit” from August 6 - 10.  Children in grades K-6 are invited to attend. The registration deadline is July 7.

Contact: Marie Naples at 207-491-7524 or Maureen Gill at 207-562-8089.

Holy Spirit Parish, Wells August 6 -10, 9 a.m. to Noon

Children ages 4 and up are invited to participate in a Vacation Bible School being offered by Holy Spirit Parish from August 6-12. The VBS will be held at St. Mary Church, 236 Eldridge Road in Wells.  The them is "Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus."

Contact: Carolyn Houston at 207-646-5605 or 207-985-6252.

Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Dexter August 6 -10, 9 a.m. to Noon

Our Lady of the Snows Parish will offer a Vacation Bible School with the theme, "Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus," from August 6-10 in the hall of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 43 High Street in Dover-Foxcroft.

Contact: Theresa Desmond at theresa.desmond@portlanddiocese.org or 207-564-0867.

St. Matthew Parish, Limerick August 6 -10, 6 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

Saint Matthew Parish will offer a Vacation Bible School with the theme, "Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus," from August 6-10 in the parish hall of Saint Matthew Church at 19 Dora Lane, Limerick. Children in grades K-5 are invited to participate. Grades 6 and up may volunteer to serve as crew leaders.  Admission is free.

Contact the parish at 207-798-2244 or Deacon Paul at paul.lissandrello@portlanddiocese.org

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Sanford  August 6 -10, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish will offer a Vacation Bible School with the theme, "Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus," from August 6-10 at the Notre Dame Faith Formation Center in Springvale. Potty-trained preschoolers - sixth graders are welcome to attend. The cost is $10 per child.

Contact the parish office at 207-324-2420 or http://www.stthereseparishmaine.org/vbs.