It may seem a bit early to be planning for this summer's Vacation Bible School experience, but it's never too early to tell our readers about great Catholic resources. For the past several years, we have touted the VBS programming provided by Growing with the Saints. And this year, I'm happy to highly recommend their latest program -- The Vatican Express. With an imprimatur granted from Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese, Growing with the Saints provides resources that are both theologically sound and kid-tested winners! My own home parish has used their curriculum for the past few summers with the result of greater engagement and increased attendance every year.

Here's the blueprint for The Vatican Express:

Tour the Vatican Treasures! All about the Holy Father, St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, Sistine Chapel, Swiss Guard, Michelangelo, Children’s Eucharistic Adoration & more …

Campers… DON’T MISS THE BUS! Climb aboard The Vatican Express!

Meet your tour guide, a member of the Swiss Guard and uncover the Vatican treasures. First stop…St. Peter’s Square!

Explore St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.

Meet and greet our Pope.

Get to know St. Peter and find out how the Church started.

Read about Saint Jerome (who translated the Bible), and his friend, Lion.

FUN is just around the corner. Step into sensational skits, exciting Bible stories, creative crafts and amazing music!

Fasten your seatbelts for the ride of your life! All Aboard the Vatican Express.

To learn more about Growing with the Saints and all of their tremendous Catholic Kidz Camp Programming, including this latest program, be sure to visit their website.