TOTUS TUUS CHICAGO PROGRAM
The Mission of Totus Tuus is to inspire in young people a true longing for holiness, a deep desire for conversion, and a personal renewal within the context of a stronger prayer life. Through evangelization and catechesis, Totus Tuus seeks to foster openness to the sacrifices and blessings of the various Christian vocations.
THE FIVE PILLARS
1. Eucharist 2. Marian Devotion?
3. Catechesis 4. Christian Vocations
GRADE SCHOOL PROGRAM
From 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Leaning about God
JR. HIGH & HIGH SCHOOL
From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sharing your life with God
Catechism of Catholic Church
6 year cycle - so youth can come each year
When and where it started?
Act of Enthronement to Mary,
1) THE EUCHARIST:
The Eucharist has pride of place in the Totus Tuus schedule, for both team members and participants. Prayer—the Liturgy of the Hours, the Rosary, the Angelus, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament—provides the structure, but the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the “source and summit” of the daily schedule.
2) MARIAN DEVOTION:
Totus Tuus catechists and counselors will lead the young people to Jesus for a week; however, Mary will lead them to Jesus for a lifetime. Therefore, Totus Tuus promotes Marian devotion. Meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, we come to see how Mary always leads us to her Son. Praying with her and to her, we hear her say to us, “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5).
3) CATECHETICAL INSTRUCTION:
An authentic catechesis, rooted in an orderly and systematic explanation of God’s revelation of Himself through the person of Jesus Christ, provides the foundation of the program’s teaching. Totus Tuus instructs young people in the basic tenets of the Catholic faith to cultivate both a firm intellectual grounding and a solid relationship with Jesus. All of our teaching aims to help young people grow in the understanding of, strengthen their faith in, and, most importantly, develop an intimate friendship with Jesus Christ.
4) VOCATION DISCERNMENT:
Totus Tuus strives to foster Christian vocations by encouraging young people to begin discerning God’s call in their life to be married, a priest, a religious, or single. College-aged teachers sign a “covenant” in which they promise to be open to and actively discern God’s will for them. Because they are striving to live an authentic Christian life and are actively discerning their vocation, they can better help the youth to do the same.
Finally, Totus Tuus demonstrates that one can be a faithful Catholic and still have fun. Morning “pump up,” silly skits and songs, recess, and water fights at the parish infuse the element of fun in the program.
During the week, the children entering grades one through six in the upcoming school year participate in four classes each day, attend daily Mass, learn the Mass parts and liturgical songs, participate in games, icebreakers, skits, songs, recess, and prayer.
Totus Tuus calls upon college students and seminarians from Chicago and across the United States to carry out its mission. Those hired are trained and put into teams of four (two men and two women) to go out into a parish for a week and put on a “parish mission for youth” in order to teach and inspire. They conduct these missions for six weeks during the summer.
Much of the success of Totus Tuus is due to the college-age missionaries whose zeal for Christ and His Church inspire young people to lives of radical holiness. Furthermore, missionaries of Totus Tuus often discover their own vocation as they too are inspired to lives of deeper devotion. Historically, approximately 12% of Totus Tuus team members pursue formation in the priesthood or religious life.
For more information check out our For Missionaries page.
Totus Tuus offers evening instruction for junior and senior high school youth (grades 7-12) from Sunday through Thursday evening at 7:00-9:00 pm.
We have found that energetic, faithful, college-aged teachers can effectively impact junior and senior high school youth. The Totus Tuus Jr. High and High School Program includes instruction, small group discussions, quiet meditation, prayer, and fellowship. The team teaches in such a way as to continually offer a dialogue by which each person feels respected in his or her most basic dignity.
Totus Tuus uses Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to instill the faith of the Church in the hearts and minds of young people. It follows a six-year cycle, so young people can be part of Totus Tuus year after year and always learn something new! The cycle is as follows:
- Year One (2018): The Apostles Creed
- Year Two (2019): The Sacraments
- Year Three (2020): The 10 Commandments
- Year Four (2021): The Virtues
- Year Five (2022): Prayer and Our Father
- Year Six (2023): The Mystery of Salvation
To parallel this six-year cycle, Totus Tuus follows a four-year cycle dedicated to the mysteries of the Rosary:
- The Joyful Mysteries
- The Luminous Mysteries
- The Sorrowful Mysteries
- The Glorious Mysteries
Totus Tuus began in 1987 as a vacation Bible school program in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas.
In 2007, Totus Tuus of Chicago began its pilot summer with two teams serving 10 parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet.
Below see the 2008 Totus Tuus Video.
In the summer of 2013, four teams served 24 parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago. In addition, 30 dioceses in the US now offer Totus Tuus!
We are hoping that in the future we can add a 5th Team and serve in 30 parishes.
ACT OF ENTRUSTMENT TO MARY -
By His Holiness, Pope John Paul II
“Behold, your Mother!’ (Jn 19: 27)
O Virgin Mary,
Jesus on the Cross
wanted to entrust us to you,
not to lessen
but to reaffirm
his exclusive role as Savior
of the world.
If in the disciple John
all the children of the Church
were entrusted to you,
the happier I am to see
the young people of the world
entrusted to you, O Mary.
whose protection I have always experienced,
this evening I entrust them to you once again.
All seek refuge and
protection under your mantle.
You, Mother of divine grace,
make them shine with
the beauty of Christ!
The young people of this century,
at the dawn of the new millennium,
still live the torment that derives from sin,
from hatred, from violence,
from terrorism and from war.
But it is also the young to whom
the Church looks confidently, knowing
that with the help of God’s grace,
they will succeed in believing and in living
as Gospel witnesses
in present day history.
help them to respond to their vocation.
Guide them to the knowledge of true love
and bless their affections.
Support them in times of suffering.
Make them fearless heralds
of Christ’s greeting on Easter Day:
Peace be with you!
With them, I also entrust myself
once again to you
and with confident affection
I repeat to you:
Totus Tuus ego sum!
I am all yours!
And each one of them
cries to you, with me: