Totus Tuus is a week-long, summer camp for children and teens held at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick. The program combines daily Mass, songs, games, Eucharistic Adoration and tons of fun! The program is split into two separate age groups:
Grade School Program (Gr. 1-6) - June 26-30, 2017
Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Middle/High School Program (Gr. 7-12) - June 25-29, 2017
Sunday-Thursday from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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To make an online payment, CLICK HERE. Payment can also be via check or cash. Checks should be made out to the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and mailed to the parish office at 1621 Dilworth Road East * Charlotte, NC 28203.
If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at (704) 334-2283 ext. 413.
WHAT IS TOTUS TUUS
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 week-long Parish Summer Catechetical Program and Summer Camps 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 young adults who continue to dedicate themselves to the Church’s mission of evangelization.
WHAT IS THE MISSION OF TOTUS TUUS
The mission of Totus Tuus is to inspire in young people a true longing for holiness, a deep desire for daily conversion and an openness to their vocation by constantly challenging them to give themselves entirely to Christ through Mary and by continually strengthening their prayer lives in imitation of Her. 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 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. Totus Tuus strives to bring our faith to life by creating a balance between knowledge of the meaning of the Sacraments and an authentic Sacramental life.
Totus Tuus seeks to foster openness to vocations in the young people we serve as well as among the teachers. 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.
HOW DOES THE CAMP WORK
Totus Tuus calls upon college students and seminarians from the Catholic Diocese of Wichita and across the United States to carry this mission to every young person they encounter in the parish program or at camp. Students are hired for their energy, enthusiasm, love for the faith, commitment to spiritual growth, ability to work with a team and a desire to work with youth. Parish catechists are grouped into teams of four, each consisting of two men and two women, and are invited to a different parish every week for seven weeks, where they conduct a week-long "parish mission,” teaching and inspiring the parish’s first through twelfth-grade.
WHAT DOES TOTUS TUUS MEAN
Totus Tuus, a Latin phrase meaning “totally yours,” was the motto of Blessed 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 Mary. It also expresses our effort to give our all to every young person we encounter. Through the teams’ example of joy and service, the youth see that these men and women are ON FIRE with the Catholic faith and long for the same thing in their lives.
THE FIVE PILLARS OF TOTUS TUUS
The Eucharist has pride of place in the Totus Tuus schedule, for both team members and participants. Prayer—the Liturgy of the Hours, the Rosary, the Angelus, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament—provide the structure, but the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the “source and summit” of the daily schedule. Totus Tuus catechists and counselors will lead the young people to Jesus for a week; however, Mary will lead them to Jesus for a lifetime. Therefore, Totus Tuus promotes Marian devotion. Meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, we come to see how Mary always leads us to her Son. Praying with her and to her, we hear her say to us, “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5).
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