Parish registration for the Totus Tuus program is now open. Totus Tuus (Latin for Totally Yours) named after St. John Paul II’s papal motto is a fun and energetic parish based summer Catechetical program for grade school age children and middle and high school youth.
Totus Tuus gathers together college students and seminarians from our diocese onto teaching teams in order to train them and send them out on the road to spread the good News of Jesus Christ in various participating parishes throughout the Diocese of Salina. The teachers’ youthfulness, energy, and ability to witness to the faith make them particularly effective with children and young adults.
The weeklong program is offered as a day program for first through sixth graders and as an evening program for seventh through twelfth graders. Catechists will travel from parish to parish and stay with host families while presenting the program.
The students are encouraged to be clear and consistent in their faith. They are shown how to view their Lord as a good Father. This personal relationship gives them the confidence to be Christ’s witnesses in the world around them. Finally, Totus Tuus endeavors to show the youth that a humble and courageous desire to know God must be based upon a steadfast and disciplined life of prayer combined with the reception of the sacraments.
Totus Tuus offers an evening program for junior and senior high school youth. Junior High youth are those who have completed the 7th or 8th grade, and Senior High youth are those who have completed 9-12 grade. These grade levels meet Sunday through Thursday.
The Totus Tuus Junior and Senior High School Program comprises instruction, small group discussions, quiet meditation, prayer, and fellowship. This is a great opportunity for teens to see older peers on fire for their faith and insight into discerning their vocation.
Each night there is time for fellowship, snacks, and presentations. Adoration and Reconciliation will also take place on one of the nights (usually Wednesday), and on Thursday there is an opportunity for a social night.
Sister Barbara Ellen, Director for the Office of Religious Education, coordinates the Diocesan program. She says “Totus Tuus is more than a summer camp. It is a way of life. Through dynamic college-aged teachers who are on fire for their faith, the young people of each parish are invited into a relationship with Christ through the Sacraments, catechesis, the Rosary and a whole lot of Fun!”