Totus Tuus

A New VBS opportunity

The Diocese of Syracuse Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office is offering a new style of Vacation Bible School. Holy Cross will be hosting them this summer during the second week of July. A program is available during the day for first through sixth grade students ​(2018-2019 school year), and evening retreats are offered for middle school and high school students. The grade school program begins Monday, July 9th and ends Friday, July 13th. Middle and High School evening retreats begin Sunday night, July 8th and end Thursday night, July 12th.

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What is Totus Tuus?

Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, discipleship, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. Started in 1988 by Father Bernard Gorges in Wichita, Kansas, our week-long Parish Mission Program assists parents and parishes to evangelize and disciple their youth by supplementing the work they are already doing.

The methodology, structure, content, and enthusiasm of Totus Tuus is not only concerned 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.

Grade School Program

Totus Tuus grade school program is ​designed for children going into first through sixth grades ​in the 2018-2019 school year. The Grade School Program runs Monday through Friday. The students are encouraged to be clear and consistent in their faith. They are shown how to view their Lord as a good Father. This personal relationship gives them the confidence to be Christ’s witnesses in the world around them. Finally, Totus Tuus endeavors to show the youth that a humble and courageous desire to know God must be based upon a steadfast and disciplined life of prayer combined with the reception of the sacraments.

Middle and High School Program

Totus Tuus offers evening retreats for middle school and high school youth. These “evening retreats” meet Sunday through Thursday and are comprised of instruction, small group discussions, quiet meditation, prayer, and fellowship. The team teaches in such a way as to offer a dialogue in which each person feels respected in his or her most basic dignity.