TOTUS TUUS CHICAGO FOR PARENTS
“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”.
John Paul II in Crossing the Threshold of Hope, Mondadori Editore, 1994
WHAT IS THE 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. 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:
This Year’s 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. The 2016 year’s curriculum is indicated in bold print:
Year One: The Mystery of Salvation
Year Two: The Apostle’s Creed
Year Three: The Sacraments
Year Four: The Commandments
Year Five: The Virtues
Year Six: Prayer and the Our Father
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. They 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 INVOLVMENT
To help your child to further grow in faith, consider some of the following ideas:
1)To support your child during the week, never underestimate the power of prayer! Please pray for the success of the program. In addition for praying for all the students, please include the Totus Tuus missionaries, parish staff, and volunteers who will be leading your children during the week.
2)Consider attending Mass one or more days during the Totus Tuus Mission.
3)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.
4)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.
5)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.