St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Merna and St. Mary’s of Downs will be hosting Totus Tuus this summer on July 21-26, 2019!    

Totus Tuus, is a Latin phrase that means “Totally Yours,” the Papal motto of Pope Saint John Paul II, which describes his Devotion to Jesus through Mary. During the week of July 21-26, we will provide children in grades 1-12, a prayer-filled environment that will help them come closer to Christ through His Mother, Mary.



What is Totus Tuus?

The Totus Tuus summer catechetical program is a week-long “parish mission” for Catholic youth in grades one through twelve. 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, but 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

●        Students entering grades 1-6

●        Monday to Friday: From 9am to 2:30pm 

●        Daily Mass [@11:15am] —All are welcome Outdoor fun break at midday

●        $30 fee per child / $60 fee per family

Please pack a lunch, including something to drink, for your child Monday through Friday. Please feel free to bring items for recess (jump ropes, balls, etc.) We ask that each participant donate a box of cookies or crackers at the beginning of the week to share for snacks. Please have your child bring it with them on Monday.

Jr. High & High School Program

●        Students entering grades 7-12

●        Sunday to Thursday, From 7pm to 9pm

●        $10 fee before July 21 / $15 fee at the door

 Again, we ask that each participant donate a box of cookies or crackers to share for the week. Please have your teen bring it with them on Sunday.


Opens Easter Sunday, April 21!

Priority Registration for Parishioners through June 1. Totus Tuus has limited space.


2019 Curriculum

In 2019, Totus Tuus will dive into the Sacraments. Our creative and enthusiastic team will also help youth come to know and devote themselves to Mary, Our Mother, as they study and pray the Sorrowful Mysteries.


 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.

How Can I Help?  

Host two team members in your home for a week;

Saturday evening to Friday afternoon have the team over for dinner. 

Provide lunch for the team members 

Help during the day or evening sessions.

Questions or Concerns?

Contact the St. Patrick’s Vocation Apostolate at or call 309-585-1702

For additional information about Totus Tuus, please visit the Diocese of Peoria Vocation website at:


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