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1615 W. Washington St., Springfield, IL 62702

Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

What is the Totus Tuus Program About?

The Children’s Program is for students going into first through sixth grades and runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. These times can be adapted to suit local parish needs. During the week, the children will participate in formation classes each day, have the opportunity for Reconciliation, attend daily Mass, and participate in games, icebreakers, skits, songs, recess, and prayer.

Totus Tuus encourages children to be clear and consistent in their faith. They are shown how to view God as a Father. This personal relationship gives them the confidence to be Christ’s witnesses in the world around them. Finally, Totus Tuus shows the children that the humble yet courageous desire to know God must be based upon a steadfast and disciplined life of prayer combined with receiving the sacraments.

The topics for instruction focus on a series of themes that rotate each year.  There are six topics, so a student can attend each year from grade 1 through 6 and be presented with new catechesis each summer.  The six-year cycle is:

  • Virtues and Beatitudes
  • Prayer
  • Mystery of Salvation
  • Creed
  • Sacraments 
  • Ten Commandments – Summer 2020

Each year also focuses on a Mystery of the Rosary.

  • Joyful Mysteries
  • Luminous Mysteries
  • Sorrowful Mysteries 
  • Glorious Mysteries – Summer 2020

Totus Tuus includes a program for junior and senior high school youth (entering grades 7-12) in the evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Sunday through Thursday.

The Teen Program includes fun games, instruction, small group discussions, quiet meditation, prayer, and fellowship. The team uses a method of teaching that continually offers a dialogue in which each young person feels respected. The junior high and high school students share some activities together but have separate class sessions that provide a comfortable surrounding and age-appropriate instruction.