Summer Program July 14-19, 2019: Totus Tuus
Totus Tuus is an internationally successful ministry that is inaugurating is first summer in the Panhandle. Part vacation bible school and part mini-camp, Totus Tuus consists of a day program for children entering grades 1-6 and a three part evening program for those entering grades 7 & 8. High schoolers are needed to help during the day, and there is a mini-retreat for them on Thursday evening. Totus Tuus is Latin for “Totally Yours” and was the motto of Pope St. John Paul II.
The day program for younger children will run July 15-19, 8:30am-2:30pm. The evening program for pre-teens is July 14-16, 6:30-830pm, and high schoolers will have a mini-retreat on Thursday, July 17 from 6:30-10pm. A team of four college-age summer missionaries, assisted by our staff and families, will be coming to our parish to put on the program. These missionaries, having completed two weeks of training, are dedicating their whole summer to bringing our children and families to Jesus & Mary. Please give Julia, Kevin, Lisette, and Peter a warm welcome as they come to serve our parish!
Content & Activities
Totus Tuus celebrates the essentials of the Catholic Christian faith. The spiritual approach of this program, which has become a movement, is to be led to Jesus through Mary.
Participants in the day program will be busy with games, skits, and crafts. This summer’s Totus Tuus lessons center on the Sacraments and the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. More than learning, the program will guide children to pray and live our faith through prayer with each lesson, group prayer of the Rosary, and daily Mass. The day program ends on Friday with a water fight and by making a human sundae of the missionaries!
The evening program will offer a meal, time for sports & games, and witness reflections from the missionaries. Each night will also have time for group prayer.
The mini-retreat will be an oasis for high schoolers to connect with God and reflect.