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What is Totus Tuus?

The Totus Tuus program aims to inspire young people to long for holiness, develop a deep desire for conversion and personally renew their faith with 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 program began in 1987 as a vacation bible school program in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas. In 2007, Totus Tuus of Chicago launched its pilot program with two teams serving 10 parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet. The program continues to expand, now serving over 24 parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
 

The Five Pillars of Totus Tuus

The Eucharist
The Eucharist is an integral part of Totus Tuus schedule. Prayer provides the structure, but the celebration of the holy sacrifice of the Mass is the “source and summit” of the daily schedule.

Marian Devotion
Totus Tuus catechists and counselors (missionaries) lead young people of the program to Jesus for a week, however, Mary will lead them to Jesus for a lifetime. Meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, we come to see how Mary always leads us to her Son.

Catechetical Instruction
Totus Tuus instructs young people on the basic tenets of the Catholic faith to cultivate both a firm intellectual grounding and a solid relationship with Jesus. All of our teachings aim to help young people grow in their faith and friendship with Jesus Christ.

Vocation Discernment
Totus Tuus strives to foster Christian vocations by encouraging young people to begin discerning God’s call in their lives. College-aged teachers sign a “covenant” in which they promise to be open to and actively discern God’s will for them. It’s through this, they can help others do the same.

Fun
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 each parish infuse the element of fun into the program.

 

Curriculum

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. The program follows a six-year cycle to give young people the opportunity to be a part of Totus Tuus year after year. Please see below for the most recent cycle. 

Each year, there is a focus on Marian devotion as well. Every day of the week the youth learn of another mystery and pray a decade of the rosary after recess as an entire group. By the end of the week, youth will have prayed an entire rosary and deepened their understanding of Christ’s life through reflecting on the mysteries of the rosary. Details on the cycle are below. 

  • Year One (2018): The Apostles Creed

  • Year Two (2019): The Sacraments

  • Year Three (2021): 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 2022

PARISH SCHEDULE

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* Convocation occurs Week 3

WEEK 1: June 12 – 17
St. Damian 5300 155th St. Oak Forest, IL 60452
St. Leonard 3318 S. Clarence Ave. Berwyn, IL 60402
Our Lady of the
Blessed Sacrament
601 Biesterfield Rd. Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Our Lady of Perpetual Help 1775 Grove St. Glenview, IL 60025
WEEK 2: June 19 – 24
St. Francis de Sales 135 S. Buesching Rd. Lake Zurich, IL 60047
St. Peter Damian 109 S. Crest Ave. Bartlett, IL 60103
St. Mother Theodore Guerin 3020 N. 76th St. Elmwood Park, IL 60707
Our Lady of the Woods 10731 W. 131st St. Orland Park, IL 60462
WEEK 3: June 26 – July 1
Our Lady of the Snows 4810 S. Leamington Ave. Chicago, IL 60638
Mother of the Americas 3047 W. Cermak Rd. Chicago, IL 60623
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity 6020 W. Ardmore Ave. Chicago, IL 60646
Holy Child Jesus Parish 2324 W. Chase Ave. Chicago, IL 60645
WEEK 4: July 10 – 15
St. Alphonsus – Chicago 1429 W. Wellington Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
St. Paul the Apostle 6401 Gages Lake Rd. Gurnee, IL 60031
St. Emily 1400 E. Central Rd. Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
Mary, Seat of Wisdom 920 W. Granville Ave. Park Ridge, IL 60068
WEEK 5: July 17 – 22
St. Julie Billiart 7399 W. 159th St. Tinley Park, IL 60477
Our Lady of the Wayside 434 W. Park St. Arlington Heights, IL 60005
St. Mary – Lake Forest 175 E. Illinois Rd. Lake Forest, IL 60045
Queen of All Saints 6280 N. Sauganash Ave. Chicago, IL 60646
WEEK 6: July 24 – 29
St. Catherine Labouré 3535 Thornwood Ave. Glenview, IL 60026
St. James 820 N. Arlington Heights Rd. Arlington Heights, IL 60004
St. Edward 4350 W. Sunnyside Ave. Chicago, IL 60630
St. Norbert and Our
Lady of the Brook
1809 Walters Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062