Totus Tuus

What is Totus Tuus?

Totus Tuus is a summer program dedicated to bringing kids closer to Christ through the sacraments, prayer and fun.

Follow the links below to find helpful information about planning for Totus Tuus at your parish.

If you have questions that cannot be answered from these documents, please contact the Archdiocesan Totus Tuus coordinator, Joanne Pohland at 563-556-2580, ext. 255 or We will help you in any way we can!



A video overview of what Totus Tuus is…..

Grades 1-6 Program

The Totus Tuus Grades 1-6 Program is designed for children entering first through sixth grades in the upcoming school year. The Grades 1-6 Program begins on Monday and concludes on Friday.

The sacred scriptures and the Catechism of the Catholic Church provide the foundation of the catechetical instruction of the Totus Tuus summer program.  The topic for 2019 is “The Sacraments”.  In addition, 2019 is dedicated to The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.


View a short overview of the Totus Tuus Grades 1-6 Program…


Middle School/High School Program

Totus Tuus offers an evening program for middle school and high school youth. Middle school youth are those entering grades 7 and 8, and high school youth are those entering grades 9-12 for the upcoming school year. These grade levels meet Sunday through Thursday evenings.

The middle school students will join the high school students for the evening program; however, when group attendance allows, their classes will remain separate to maintain an atmosphere and discussion level that is appropriate for each age group.


Totus Tuus Calendar 2019


WEEK 1 – June 9-14, 2019

Parish/Cluster City

Blessed Trinity Cluster


St. Isidore Cluster


Heart of Mary Cluster


Holy Rosary Cluster


WEEK 2 – June 16-21, 2019

Parish/Cluster City

Good Shepherd Cluster

New Hampton

St. Pius X Parish

Cedar Rapids

St. Henry / St. Mary


St. Aloysius (with Our Lady of Seven Dolors, St. Francis de Sales, and St. Wenceslaus)


WEEK 3 – June 23-28, 2019

Parish/Cluster City

Spires of Faith Cluster


Archangels Cluster

Forest City

Holy Family Parish


St. Patrick Parish

Clear Lake

WEEK 4 – July 7-12, 2019

Parish/Cluster City

St. Patrick Parish


St. Joseph Parish


St. John the Baptist Parish

Mount Vernon

St. Mary Parish


WEEK 5 – July 14-19, 2019

Parish/Cluster City

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish


St. Patrick Parish

Cedar Rapids

St. LaSalle Pastorate

Holy Cross

Waterloo Parishes


WEEK 6 – July 21-26, 2019

Parish/Cluster City

Holy Family Cluster


St. Jude Parish

Cedar Rapids

Trinity Cluster


Cathedral of St. Raphael (with St. Patrick Parish)


WEEK 7 – July 28-August 2, 2019

Parish/Cluster City

St. Patrick Parish


Christ Our Hope Cluster


St. Mark Parish

Iowa Falls

Notre Dame Parish



The schedule typically followed during the week of Totus Tuus:

Grades 1-6 Program

8:30 – 9:00 AMTeam Set-Up
9:00 – 9:20 AMOpening Prayer, Songs and Skits
9:20 – 9:55 AMPower Learning Session #1
9:55 – 10:10 AMRestroom & Snack Break
10:10 – 10:40 AMPower Learning Session #2
10:40 – 11:00 AMMass Preparation/Individual Grades to Confession
11:00 – 11:15 AMMusic Preparation for Mass
11:15 AMMass
12:00 – 12:50 PMLunch and Recess
12:50 – 1:25 PMPower Learning Session #3
1:25 – 1:40 PMRestroom Break/Snack Break
1:40 – 2:10 PMPower Learning Session #4
2:10 – 2:30 PMGather, Review and Closing Prayer
2:30 PMDismissal

Middle School & High School Program

7:00 – 7:15 PMIntroduction and Ice Breakers
7:15 – 7:50 PMSession #1
7:50 – 8:05 PMSession #2
8:05 – 8:20 PMSnack Break
8:20 – 8:45 PMSession #3
8:45 – 9:00 PMNight Prayer (Compline)
9:15 PMDismissal



Resources for Parish Coordinators

The following documents are for parish coordinators to help plan their Totus Tuus week.

Parish Coordinator Guide has information for the parish coordinator in a PDF format:
2019 TT Parish Guide FINAL10172018

Parish Coordinator Checklist:
2019 TT Parish Coordinator Checklist

Waivers for those attending the day & evening programs:
2019 TT Grades 1-6 Waiver
2019 TT MS & HS Waiver

Sample Participant Registration Forms (editable):
2019 TT Participant Registration Sample #1
2019 TT Participant Registration Sample #2
2019 TT Participant Registration Sample #2SP

Flyer to send home to parents/guardians about Friday afternoon:
2019 TT Friday Afternoon Handout

Guidelines for Host Families:
2019 TT Host Family Guidelines

Presence of a Priest:
2019 TT Needs for a Priest


Application Process for 2019 Totus Tuus Missionaries

The Archdiocese of Dubuque is looking for college-aged missionaries who are amazing, faith-filled, and high-energy!

The mission of Totus Tuus is to provide children and teens with a meaningful experience of the Catholic faith that fosters solid catechesis, sacramental engagement, and authentic faith-filled role models.

As a Totus Tuus missionary you will spend the summer traveling from one parish to another leading strong Catholic catechetical programs during the day for children in grades 1-6 and at night for youth in grades 7-12. You will work on a four person team (two men and two women) traveling weekly to different locations, sharing faith and joy with those you meet.

For more information and to apply as a New Totus Tuus Missionary in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, please go to: for more information and to apply.

For more information and to apply as a Returning Totus Tuus Missionary in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, please go to:

[Please keep in mind that we are utilizing Google Forms for the application process.  We would advise that you review the application and prepare your answers prior to beginning to complete the form.  You will not be able to save a partial application, however, you will be able to edit a completed one.]

If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Pohland, Director of Catechetical Services at or 563.556.2580 x255.