Where Do I Begin?

Chicago for Parents

What Is the Curriculum?

 

The Sacred Scriptures and the Catechism of the Catholic Church provide the foundation of the catechetical instruction of the Totus Tuus summer program. Thus, Totus Tuus divides the four pillars of the Catechism into a six-year teaching cycle.

  • 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

Will My Children Be Safe?

All Totus Tuus missionaries are given background checks, as are all other employees of Archdiocese of Chicago. Missionaries also attend and complete Virtus training, which is required by all employees and volunteers. Parish volunteers that host Totus Tuus are required to undergo the same archdiocesan screening and training.

Suggestions for Parent Involvement

To help your child to further grow in faith, consider some of the following ideas:

  • To support your child during the week, never underestimate the power of prayer. Pray for the success of the program. In addition to prayer for all students, include the Totus Tuus missionaries, parish staff and volunteers who will be leading your children during the week.

  • Consider attending Mass one or more days during the Totus Tuus Mission.

  • Discuss with your child the new things they learned each day, and think of other ways to build on what he or she learned. Some examples include praying a decade of the rosary, reading from the Bible, singing together some of the songs they learned, or even watching a DVD on the life of one of the saints.

  • Visit a church and discuss some of what you see and experience. Some things to look for include: the tabernacle, stations of cross, special statues, and any other unique things you find in a particular church.

  • Look for opportunities to share your faith in everyday life, as your children look to you as the primary examples of being Catholic. Pray with your children.