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Summer 2017 Program Dates & Parishes

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Week 1
St. Liborius
St. Ann
Sacred Heart
St. Jude
St. Mary of Gostyn

Week 2
St. Francis Xavier
St. Andrew
St. Raymond Cathedral
St. Matthew
St. Francis of Assisi

Week 3
St. Michael
St. Dominic
Sts. Peter & Paul
Holy Trinity
Immaculate Conception

Week 4
St. Mary Immaculate
St. Peter
Holy Ghost
St. Joseph, Addison
St. Joseph, Manhattan

Week 5
Our Mother of Good Counsel
St. Mary
St. Joan of Arc
Assumption Church
St. Raphael

Week 6
St. Petronille
Visitation
St. Mary
St. Pius X


Totus Tuus

John Paul IIThe Totus Tuus parish summer catechetical youth program is a week-long “parish mission” for Catholic youth entering grades 1st through 12th. It is dedicated to the proclamation of the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, apologetics, Christian witness, the sacraments, Marian devotion, and Eucharistic worship.

Totus Tuus aims to assist parents and parishes in the evangelizing and catechizing of their youth by supplementing the work they are already doing.

The methodology, structure, content, and enthusiasm of Totus Tuus is concerned not only with teaching the faith, but also igniting the hearts of the team members and young people. The result has been the formation of youth and young adults who continue to dedicate themselves to the Church’s mission of evangelization.

Totally Yours

Totus Tuus, a Latin phrase meaning “totally yours,” was the motto of Blessed Pope John Paul II. Taken from St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary, it signifies our desire to give ourselves entirely to Jesus Christ through the hands of our Blessed Mother Mary. It also expresses our effort to give all that we have to every young person we encounter.

When asked to explain this motto chosen for his papacy, Pope John Paul II responded “Totus Tuus. This phrase is not only an expression of piety, or simply an expression of devotion. It is more.... At first, it had seemed to me that I should distance myself a bit from the Marian devotion of my childhood, in order to focus more on Christ. Thanks to Saint Louis of Montfort, I came to understand that true devotion to the Mother of God is actually Christocentric, indeed, it is very profoundly rooted in the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity, and the mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption” (Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 212-213).