Sunday, 11 July 2021 17:49

Totus Tuus combines faith and fun

Weeklong youth mission program coming to more parishes in July

07 11 2021 Totus Tuus class in progressChildren attending Totus Tuus at St. Mary Parish in Paris last month had fun reviewing the Ten Commandments from their teachers Claire McKee and Caitlyn Pendall. Students at St. Boniface in Edwardsville also had fun learning more about Jesus, the sacraments, and the Catholic faith earlier this month. For example, teacher Joe Niemerg showed fifth and sixth grade students that they “have to keep their focus on Jesus” as they looked at a crucifix on the wall.

Eight college students chose to become teachers at Totus Tuus, a weeklong Catholic youth mission program that has already taken place in several parishes and is still coming to several parishes in our diocese this month. Totus Tuus is organized by the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The mission program is dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. Two teams of four are currently traveling to a different parish in our diocese each week, hosting the weeklong catechetical mission program for grades 1-12. The week is filled with faith, fun, and friendship. There are messy games and crazy skits, in addition to prayer, learning, and the sacraments.

07 11 2021 Totus Tuus St BonifaceIt is not too late to sign up your child for Totus Tuus. Here is the remaining schedule:

  • July 10-17: St. Mary in Alton and Holy Family in Granite City
  • July 17-24: St. John the Evangelist in Carrollton and St. Katharine Drexel (Sacred Heart Church) in Springfield
  • July 24-31: St. Cecilia in Glen Carbon and St. Francis Solanus in Quincy

Children in grades 1-6 attend Totus Tuus from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students in grades 7-12 attend from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Costs vary by parish. For more information and to sign up your child, contact the parish that is hosting Totus Tuus or go to