Heroes in Heaven Catholic VBS


For those looking for Catholic VBS curricula this year, there are some great options!  I love the Cat Chat!, Growing with the Saints, and Discovery Canyon (OSV) programs.

Now, I’m also happy to share some news about another program entitled Heroes in Heaven.  Here is some additional information on this program, which was created by a homeschooling mom of six:

Heroes In Heaven, a vacation bible school program designed by Tammy Gabrelcik of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, follows the lives and lessons of the Catholic saints, helping to teach abstract ideas and reinforce catechism concepts.

“So often, I think, the catechism just isn’t sticking with our children…and the lives of the saints just get put on the shelf…but they’re so important,” says Gabrelcik, who became inspired to create Heroes In Heaven in the year 2000 when she discovered that the only vacation bible school programs available were non-denominational programs with minor adaptations to make them Catholic-friendly. “Nothing like this is available.”

Each day of the five-day program is centered around one particular saint, telling the story through games, crafts, snacks, puppet shows, music and activities that help participating children ages 4-12 retain the teachings and importance of that saint. “The program is fun, hands-on, hard-core Catholic learning,” says Gabrelcik. “It helps us grow in holiness and learn how to apply the lessons of the saints to real life.”

The Heroes In Heaven program package includes the introduction booklet with detailed instructions, lesson plans and suggestions for the instructors of the program, and five booklets each focusing on five different saints. The package also includes a music CD, DVD and image CD to supplement the booklets. The program package was designed to keep additional costs at a minimum, so after purchasing Heroes In Heaven, only basic art supplies like scissors, glue and markers are needed. “It’s such a unique program, and it’s so affordable,” says Gabrelcik, who uses many recyclable products and items from around the house in the crafts and activities.

With a background in art education and teaching, Gabrelcik is a homeschooling mother of six who has included her children in the creation of the program. “It’s a grassroots, family project that we are doing together.”

Gabrelcik, who came from an un-churched family, converted to Catholicism and soon discovered the passion and inspiration of each one of the heavenly role models. “They teach us that there is always more we can give, more we can do, bringing us closer to Christ.”

To order the Heroes In Heaven package or for more information about the program visit heroesinheaven.com or call 419.768.2677.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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