“My son was super happy to encounter God in his life, and being able to talk to Him through adoration”
“I am happy because my daughter Samantha is very excited to come to church. She talks more about God and her new friendships and the activities they do.”
What is Totus Tuus?
otus Tuus (Totally Yours) is a parish-based summer catechetical program. College-age missionaries and seminarians devote their summer to deep life in prayer, sacrament, and community that serves as the source for facilitating these programs. Their youthfulness, energy, and ability to witness to the Faith make them particularly effective with children and young people. The team serves for a week in each parish, and facilitates two programs
1st – 6th Grade Program
This program from Monday to Friday from 9:00am-2:30pm. The time includes catechesis, songs, games, daily Mass, the opportunity for Confession, lunch, recess and more! The Totus Tuus teachers seek to take the children deeper into the catechetical theme for the year, as well as helping them understand the Mass, the Eucharist, and the rosary.
7th – 12th Grade Program
This program runs from Sunday to Thursday from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The goal is to lead the youth into an encounter with Christ and a deeper personal relationship with Him. The week includes: Adoration, Confession, personal testimonies, small groups, games, skits, fellowship, and catechetical instruction.
One of the essential components of Totus Tuus is catechesis. The curriculum for Totus Tuus follows a six-year cycle that draws from the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The breakdown of this cycle is shown below. This summer of 2019, children will learn about the Sacraments.
- Year One: The Mystery of Salvation
- Year Two: The Apostles’ Creed
- Year Three: The Sacraments (2019)
- Year Four: The Commandments
- Year Five: The Virtues
- Year Six: Prayer and the Our Father
Totus Tuus pairs the six-year walk through the Catechism with a four-year cycle through the Rosary. This summer, missionaries will be teaching the Luminous Mysteries.
- The Joyful Mysteries
- The Luminous Mysteries
- The Sorrowful Mysteries (2019)
- The Glorious Mysteries
At one point each day, the missionaries will lead small sessions on the saints. This time is referred to as “Mary’s Mantle” and “Man Cave.” During this time, the boys will go off with the male missionaries and the girls will go with the female missionaries. There, the missionaries will briefly teach the children about different male and female saints, including an exhortation on striving for holiness and a small challenge to embody the saint of the day’s life.
“The missionaries were awesome kids and they connected extremely well with the teens.”
“We loved the subject of saint teachings. LOVED the ROSARY and explanation of the joyful mysteries. The adults learned so much here as well!!!!!!”
“[My daughter] had fun and learned so much from the leaders. She especially enjoyed the saint stories and after receiving her First Communion in April she looked forward to going to Mass each day. Now she has made it a goal to say a decade of the rosary every day. Totus Tuus has really inspired her to grow in her faith! I know we’ll be looking forward to another session next summer! Thank you for having such wonderful program!”
“Thank you so much for this week. [My daughter] has learned a lot and her passion for Christ is showing through her stories of each day. Absolutely LOVED it!! Please bring it back again next year! It was a VBS that was rooted in our Catholic Faith. They were excited to share all that they learned every day when they got home! I loved that there was daily Mass and the opportunity for reconciliation. This was a fabulous experience! Thank you for all your hard work!!”
“My 2 older kids enjoyed it. But that was expected since they enjoy doing these things. However, my youngest who usually hates church activities said that he really enjoyed it!”
“My 6 year old daughter enjoyed the experience and we will look forward to next year as well. I loved that the young adult missionaries led the programs. They did a wonderful job and really gave it their all. This was the first formal religious education program of Catholic faith provided to my child. Thanks for providing this to the youth of the parish.”
“They learned the Luminous mysteries of the rosary and about communion of saints which includes the souls in purgatory. They know that we exist because God s always thinking of us!.”