Summertime is an interesting time of year for a parish. Many families are taking vacations, even Fr. Dave takes a little getaway. Regular faith formation classes have been halted until the Fall. Almost everything seems to be dormant with the exception of two very important things: Totus Tuus and Vacation Bible School. Totus Tuus is still new here in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, but I can remember doing Vacation Bible School practically every summer as a kid. Let me tell you, some of my favorite summertime memories revolve around both Totus Tuus and Vacation Bible School. (Who’s really surprised by that, though?)
I was introduced to Totus Tuus the summer between my sophomore and junior years of college. One of my soon-to-be roommates was on the team for the Diocese of Des Moines and had an incredible summer doing it. So, the next summer I applied and was hired to be on one of the Totus Tuus teams for the Diocese of Sioux City along with several other college students from the Archdiocese of Dubuque. It is safe to say that every single one of us had an incredible summer that changed our lives forever. Fast forward to now and I couldn’t be more excited to help facilitate a week of Totus Tuus for our parish this summer. Over the course of the week (June 12-17), your child will learn about one of six areas of the Catholic faith (e.g. Salvation History, the Virtues, etc.), the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, the joy and beauty of the Sacraments--particularly the Eucharist and Reconciliation, and most of all the wonderful and dynamic parts that make up the Catholic Church.
While I am still relatively new to Totus Tuus, my experience with Vacation Bible School stretches more than two decades. The very first VBS I ever remembering going to had some sort of Hawaiian/South Pacific theme. I don’t exactly remember the specific Bible passages we were taught, but I remember having fun with my faith. I was happily willing to forego playing with my neighborhood friends to go to church for a few hours to sing and play and learn more about Jesus. Vacation Bible School will offer a fun and dynamic atmosphere for your child to learn more about Jesus and the teachings of the Catholic Church through the Scriptures for five days (June 26-30) as they embark on CaveQuest.
Totus Tuus and Vacation Bible School are integral pieces of any child’s faith formation. Both programs had a lasting positive impact on my life and I am happy to have the opportunity to share these programs with the families of St. Mary.
Peace & Prayers, Megan Moore