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Dear Families,

As many of you know, the Capital Campaign was held to raise monies allowing the parish to construct a new parish center. With the money we have raised, the initial part of the project is scheduled to begin this coming spring. The first part of this is demolition of some existing buildings, readying the land for the future site, and moving not only the remnants of what is being taken down, but also moving dirt, concrete, and all that goes into the foundations for building a new facility. Construction is supposed to begin at the end of the school year (May) and continue on from there. With that being said, our usual summer happenings at the school have been discussed during several meetings with parish priests and staff.

Due to the timing of the demolition, the heavy machinery, workers, and space issues, we have determined that we will not be holding Vacation Bible School at St. Columbkille this year. The RE Office uses the building almost the entire month of June, with Summer RE classes the first two weeks and then VBS following, but with concern for activities, parking, and most importantly - the students' safety - we feel this is the best choice for us this year. We have an amazing Vacation Bible School with coordinators who dedicate their time and talent to this fun and busy week, but feel it is in the best interest of all to cancel VBS here this year. We are unsure as to how the demolition will impact the south side of the building, in addition to the parking lot, playground, etc.

I know many families look forward to this annual event so I contacted some other parishes to see if they might be willing to accept some St. Columbkille families who might still be interested in attending VBS with another parish. The responses I received were inviting, but the decision on whether to sign-up and attend at a neighboring parish will be up to you. I am providing the feedback I received, with contact information for each parish who responded.

Please know that our plan is to pick right back up with VBS next summer! Our hope is that we will then be able to have the space to adequately plan and carry out this fun week without the fear of large equipment, loud noises and lack of space being an issue. The following are parishes who would welcome our families. Please be advised that many have attendance limits, but most parishes do not have the very large number of attendees like St. Columbkille. Please contact the parish directly for sign-up dates.

St. Roberts
119th & Pacific
June 10-14th from 9-noon and 1-4pm
Call or email Kate Vazquez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for specifics because they have one camp for typically 3 years old - 3rd grade, and a new camp that is designed for 4th -6th graders.

St. John Vianney
5801 Oak Hills Drive
June 17-21st from 9:30- noon.
John Gencarelli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  No preschool VBS. They would welcome help with VBS if sending your child there - they normally only have 45-50 attendees.

St. Leo the Great
1920 N 102nd St
June 3-6th 9am-noon.
Jen Fuller (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  Please email Jen for more information.

St. Matthews
12210 S 36th St
July 20-26th
Deacon Mark White (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). St. Matt’s does Totus Tuus (different than our VBS kits). Please email Mark directly or go to

Thank you for your understanding! I wanted to give you ample notice for planning ahead since our registration usually begins in April. The theme this year is "Roar" and generally the neighboring parishes are all on-board with the same theme. The Summer RE classes will be held as usual, but there will be important changes coming out later this spring in regard to drop-off and pick-up since the south side of the building will be impacted by the demolition and land preparations.


Lori Long
Director of Religious Education


Anna Ferguson
Director of Communication
402-339-3285 ext. 104