Totus Tuus of Omaha
Totus Tuus (Totally Yours) is a fun and energetic parish based summer catechetical program, for both grade school age children and junior and senior high school youth. We gather together college students and seminarians onto teams of four in order to train them and send them out on the road to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in various parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha. Their youthfulness, energy, and ability to witness to the Faith make our teachers particularly effective with children and young people.
Throughout the years Totus Tuus has succeeded in reaching out to children and youth in order to help them know and love the Lord Jesus Christ. We have also tried to help local parishes by providing a fun and strong catechetical program. We hope to continue this in the future as long as our Lord permits.
The team serves for a week in each parish by putting on a program Sunday-Thursday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. for high school and junior high youth. Our goal is to put the youth in contact with the Lord so that they can develop a deep personal relationship with Him. To this end, we have a night of Adoration and the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, catechetical instruction on topics important to young people, and a night of fellowship with the team members.
The teams also present a grade school program (grades 1-6) that runs Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Our time is spent on catechetical instruction, songs, games, daily Mass, the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, lunch, recess and more! The week ends with a large water fight with the children in celebration for the week. The focus is on imparting an understanding and love of the Eucharist, devotion to Mary, catechetical instruction, vocational discernment, and providing an enjoyable experience.
The team also enjoys getting to know the parish and its members. In order to do this, they stay with families of the parish, eat with different families throughout the week and invite the entire parish to a “potluck” dinner on Wednesday night.
Totus Tuus is a Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through catechesis, evangelization, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. The goal of Totus Tuus is to help young people grow in the understanding of, and strengthen their faith in, Jesus Christ. It is only by establishing a real and personal relationship with Him who is “the way, the truth, and the life” that we can be led to the love of the Father in the Spirit and so be made sharers in the life of the Holy Trinity, for “no one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
Totus Tuus seeks to foster openness to vocations in both the young people we serve and the team members. This is accomplished by placing special emphasis on the importance and necessity of prayer, Eucharistic devotion, and Marian devotion, in addition to catechetical instruction and formation in the Catholic faith.
[html]In order for the Grade School Program to run smoothly, the team requests one large hall or room for their main assemblies. (This same room can be used as a lunchroom, if necessary.) If the group is large, it is helpful to provide a microphone for the main speaker.
The size of the student body and number of teams assigned to each parish will determine how much classroom space is needed. For one team this will usually mean having three or four other classrooms available for use; for two teams, seven or eight classrooms; for three teams, eleven to twelve rooms.
Each classroom should have a chalkboard or a dry-erase board. For the 1st and 2nd grade classroom, it is ideal to have a large enough room to have some empty space near the board for the children to gather on the floor, as well as tables set up with chairs for their activities. Team members will set up the rooms.
It is very important that the church be available for Mass and confessions everyday. If possible, the team might take the students into the Adoration Chapel, if there is one, for a short time during the week; if there is not one, the church would suffice.
Totus Tuus offers its missionaries a tremendous experience and the challenge of evangelizing throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha. “Evangelization is the most powerful and stirring challenge which the Church has been called to face from her very beginning” (Veritatis Splendor, 106). TOTUS TUUS ACCEPTS THIS CHALLENGE!
This challenge is accepted with great joy! The teams come to know and love the vitality, faith, and courage of all the youth they encounter. These youth are the future, the promise of the next millennium. Undeniably, the youth are hungry for a greater understanding of the Truth contained in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, guided by the Magisterium.
The youth are seeking not just role models, but HEROES who are striving to live and proclaim, “Lord, I will be totally yours”. With joy and honor, Totus Tuus serves these youth and shares with them the blessings that God has given them.
As a Totus Tuus missionary, you commit to traveling in a four-person team and teaching in parishes for seven weeks. Teaching for the summer also includes one week of training in the curriculum and program, which begins the last week of May, and one week of break during the week of the July 4th holiday. For more details on what to expect during your summer as a Totus Tuus missionary, see the information packet below.