Totus Tuus 2018 was a huge success. So much fun, so much energy, so much faith…. The Team members were wonderful role models and enthusiastic leaders. Our day program averaged 15 kids while the evening program for the high schoolers had 6-8 attendees. The evening program ended Thursday with a bonfire and s’mores and songs. The day program concluded on Friday afternoon with Charles being reincarnated into a human sundae. That was followed by a water balloon fight with 300 balloons sacrificing their lives for the cause.
This event required the help of more than 30 people/organizations. Thank you to the Lobermeier and Hamel families who opened their homes to the team for the week, the organizations that provided lunches, those who joined us for the pot luck on Wednesday, folks who provided the snacks, and to Amy, Ellen, Chet, and Michelle for overseeing the daily programing. God bless all of you for your service to our children and teens.
The Devil may be stoking the fire, but God has His Hand on the thermostat.
CATHOLIC TRADITIONS EXPLAINED
Question: July 26 is the feast of Joachim and Anna. Who are they and what do we know about them?
Answer: Joachim and Anna are the parents of Mary, the mother of Jesus, yet there is absolutely no biblical reference to them whatsoever. So where do we get their names, and what is their story?
Their names are found in an apocryphal (hidden) gospel known as "The Infancy Gospel of James." Apocryphal, or hidden gospels, consist of accounts of Jesus' life that were ultimately not accepted as inspired works, and thus were not included in the Bible. However, they sometimes captured the Christian imagination, spilling into the devotional dimension of the community.
James' infancy gospel begins with the parents of Mary and their desire for a child. In their prayer and petitions to God, they are heard and given the blessings of a child, whom they named Mary. While we have no idea who Mary's parents really were, the fact that we celebrate the feast of Joachim and Anna indicates that the bond of family love is important in the Christian life.
Long before Grandparents' Day was established, the church had a feast that honored the presumed grandparents of Jesus. While their names are part of non-inspired apocryphal legends, the fact of the Savior's human ancestry is not. Christ, the incarnate Word, dwelt among us in the flesh in a human family. In honoring the grandparents of Jesus, we really proclaim our faith in the Incarnation -- God becoming human!
No cowboy was ever faster on the draw than a Grandparent pulling a baby picture out of a wallet. ~Author Unknown
Totus Tuus begins this Sunday evening, July 15, 2018. We encourage you to join your peers for faith filled fun, games, songs, food, skits and prayer. Come for a day, come for the week. Pick a time that works. Just come!!
UPDATE: The $Wall o’ Money$ fundraiser last month raised over $1700.00! To say Thank You seems a bit inadequate. But know that your donation of $1 or $67 to our religious education program at St. Anthony’s is a gift deeply and genuinely appreciated. ~Kathy
“May God bless and keep you. May God’s face shine on you. May God be kind to you and give you peace.”
Totus Tuus planning meeting on Monday, July 9, 2018, 5pm in the Padua Center.
Please join us even if you can help for one day. We’ll put the final touches on the logistics, food, game & craft materials, supervision, and other really important stuff. Join us even if you’re slightly curious as to what all the hype has been about. You may now complete the background check and safe environment training online at your convenience. You must complete this training to be allowed to work with our children. Contact Kathy Rominske for details. 715-762-4494 x116
Totus Tuus-A Catholic Summer Youth Program- is July 15-20, 2018, on the St. Anthony grounds.
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