WHAT IS TOTUS TUUS?
Totus Tuus is a summer catechetical program with an emphasis on vocations. The phrase “totus tuus” means “I am all yours” and was the Marian motto of Pope Saint John Paul II.
Totus Tuus was started in 1987 in rural Kansas where many youth in rural parishes were getting no CCD in the summer. A seminarian, (now priest) named Bernie Jorges was asked to go and teach them in the summer. What started as one man’s generous work soon grew into a large task and he had to hire college students to help him teach the kids. Eventually, it became a formal program called Totus Tuus. It spread from the Diocese of Wichita and is now present in a majority of the dioceses in the interior United States.
Why Totus Tuus?
Totus Tuus offers youth a summer program with a strong Catholic identity that will inspire them in their faith. It is a grand tour through all things Catholic, from the Rosary to the Saints to Adoration. It also has a strong focus on vocational discernment in which the team will encourage the youth to consider their vocation. There are many fun activities for the youth to have a good time at Totus Tuus. You name it, Totus Tuus has it.
How does it work?
The Totus Tuus team (consisting of four Catholic college students, two men and two women) spend a week in a parish teaching the youth. They arrive on a Saturday and speak at all the Masses promoting Totus Tuus. They would teach all age groups (from 1st grade to 12th grade) starting Sunday night and going until Friday morning. The ideal time range would be 9am-3pm for 1st-6th grade youth and 7:30pm-10:00pm for 7th-12th grade youth with flexibility to fit each parish’s needs.
How is Totus Tuus different from Vacation Bible School?
Totus Tuus is similar to Vacation Bible School in that both are summer day camp programs for children that teach the Faith. However, there are several differences. Totus Tuus is taught by a team of four college students who spend a summer traveling around a diocese.
Totus Tuus has a Grade School program during the day and a Junior/Senior High program in the evening. In Totus Tuus, there is a special emphasis on Marian devotion, the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation, and most especially, vocational discernment.
Sounds great! Now what?
Since this is the first year for Totus Tuus in our diocese, it will be offered to parishes for a bare minimum of expense. Parishes with the approval of their pastor can ask for Totus Tuus to come for a week in the summer when it best fits their needs.
- Facilities: 3-4 classrooms, one gathering space, church access
- Snacks for the youth (plus 1 picnic)
- Housing and meals for the team (one house each for men and women)
- Volunteers to help watch the children in the classroom and group activities
We also ask that each parish have a coordinator/contact person to help with the details in each parish. The pastor or another priest should be available throughout the week for Mass and other devotions if possible.
If you are interested in bringing Totus Tuus to your parish this summer and would like additional information, please call the Office of Vocations at (563) 888-4378 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Informational Guide 2016
A Day in the Life Of Totus Tuus
Elementary School Program
9:00 a.m. INTRODUCTION
9:15 a.m. Pump-Up (songs, skit)
9:25 a.m. CLASS PERIOD #1
9:50 a.m. Snack Break
10:10 a.m. Music Preparation for Mass
10:20 a.m. CLASS PERIOD #2
10:45 a.m. Mass Preparation/ Confessions
11:15 a.m. MASS
12:00 p.m. Lunch/Recess
1:00 p.m. Water Break
1:15 p.m. CLASS PERIOD #3
1:40 p.m. Skit
1:50 p.m. CLASS PERIOD #4
2:15 p.m. Closing (review, songs)
2:30 p.m. DISMISSAL
Middle and High School Program
7:30 p.m. Icebreaker Games
7:45 p.m. SESSION #1
8:15 p.m. Small Group
8:30 p.m. Break
8:45 p.m. SESSION #2
9:20 p.m. Night Prayer
9:30 p.m. DISMISSAL