Totus Tuus

Totally Yours

There are a variety of ways you as a parent can help out:

  • Hosting 2 team members in your home for the week, Saturday evening to Friday morning.
  • Having the team for dinner one evening, Sunday through Thursday at 5:30pm.
  • Providing lunch for the team on day, Mon. - Fri. after Mass.
  • Helping in the kitchen, 10:00am - 1:00pm each day.
  • Helping with Friday lunch, 10:00am - 2:00pm.

For additional information , please contact Christine Pershey 815.722.6653 ext. 215 or

Totus Tuus

The Totus Tuus parish summer catechetical youth program is a week-long “parish mission” for Catholic youth entering grades 1st through 12th. It is dedicated to the proclamation of the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, apologetics, Christian witness, the sacraments, Marian devotion, and Eucharistic worship.

Totus Tuus aims to 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 youth and young adults who continue to dedicate themselves to the Church’s mission of evangelization.

Totally Yours

Totus Tuus, a Latin phrase meaning “totally yours,” was the motto of Blessed Pope 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 the hands of our Blessed Mother Mary. It also expresses our effort to give all that we have to every young person we encounter.

When asked to explain this motto chosen for his papacy, Pope John Paul II responded “Totus Tuus. This phrase is not only an expression of piety, or simply an expression of devotion. It is more.... At first, it had seemed to me that I should distance myself a bit from the Marian devotion of my childhood, in order to focus more on Christ. Thanks to Saint Louis of Montfort, I came to understand that true devotion to the Mother of God is actually Christocentric, indeed, it is very profoundly rooted in the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity, and the mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption” (Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 212-213).  Excerpt taken from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet Totus Tuus - Home.

To learn more about Totus Tuss and participating parishes, visit





Download Totus Registration Form

Completed registration forms can be scanned and emailed to or mailed to the Parish Office:

Cathedral of St. Raymond
Attn:  Christine Pershey
604 N. Raynor Ave
Joliet, IL 60435

Please make check payable to St. Raymond and include with registration form. If paying online, please indicate on form next to "Total."

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