St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Merna and St. Mary’s of Downs will be hosting Totus Tuus this summer on July 15 -20, 2018!
TOTUS TUUS = TOTALLY YOURS
Totus Tuus, a Latin phrase meaning “totally yours,” was the motto of Blessed Pope John Paul II. Taken from St. Louis de Montfort’s work, True Devotion to Mary, it signifies our desire to give ourselves entirely to Jesus Christ through Mary. It also expresses our effort to give all that we have to every young person we encounter. Totus Tuus seeks to inspire in young people a true longing for holiness, a deep desire for daily conversion, and an openness to their vocation by challenging them to give themselves entirely to Jesus Christ through Mary, and by continually strengthening their prayer lives in imitation of Her.
WHAT IS TOTUS TUUS?
The Totus Tuus summer catechetical program is a week-long “parish mission” for Catholic youth in grades 1-12. It is dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. Totus Tuus provides an environment in which the Eucharist is central to the day. Prayer provides the structure, and the Mass is truly the “source and summit” of the daily schedule. Totus Tuus inspires young people to go to Jesus Christ through Mary by meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary. Totus Tuus instructs young people in the basic tenets of the Catholic faith to cultivate both a firm intellectual grounding and a solid personal relationship with Christ. Totus Tuus encourages young people to begin discerning God’s call in their life to be married, a priest, a religious, or single. Totus Tuus demonstrates that one can be a faithful, practicing Catholic and still have fun!
GRADE SCHOOL PROGRAM: July 16-20
Students entering grades 1-6 Monday to Friday: 9am-2:30pm
$30/kid or $60/family
The day is packed with fun songs, silly skits, the Mysteries of the Rosary, the Catholic faith, daily Mass (at 11:15am – ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN!), outdoor fun after lunch, and authentic witness from the Totus Tuus teachers about what it means to live out our faith.
Please pack a lunch, including something to drink, for your child Monday through Friday and feel free to bring items for recess (jump ropes, balls, etc.)
We ask that each participant donate a box of individually wrapped cookies, crackers, fruit snacks, etc at the beginning of the week to share for snacks. Please have your child bring it with them on Monday. Thank you!
JR. HIGH & HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM: July 15-19
Students entering grades 7-12 Sunday to Thursday: 7pm to 9pm
$10/pre-registration or $15/at the door
The evening program is aimed at the teens of our parish. Awesome college age missionaries will be sharing testimonies and talking about topics that are important to our teenagers. The social and prayer aspects of our faith are combined for an incredibly fun week that can help strengthen their personal relationships with Jesus Christ.
We ask that each participant donate a box of individually wrapped cookies, crackers, fruit snacks, etc at the beginning of the week to share for snacks. Please bring it with you on Sunday. Thank you!
Totus Tuus has limited space, so we will be offering Priority Registration for Parishioners until May 13th, 2018.
WANT TO HELP WITH TOTUS TUUS?
Your family can host two team members in your home for a week!
Have the Totus Tuus team over for dinner!
Provide lunch for the Totus Tuus team members throughout the week at St Patrick’s!
Volunteer to help during the day or evening sessions!
Pray for the Totus Tuus kids, teens, and teachers!
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?
Contact the St. Patrick’s Vocation Apostolate at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 309-585-1702
For additional information about Totus Tuus, please visit the Diocese of Peoria Vocation website at: http://comeandfollowme.org/totustuus/