The kids were excited all week long and we had a great turnout the entire week. With the new directors of religious education, Judi Baker & Becky Knox, and with the retirement of Father Ray coming up at the end of the month, I was surprised at how smoothly the entire week went. Father Ray is one of the busiest men I’ve ever met and we are grateful he took as much time out of his schedule to help the kids and us with all of our needs as he did.
We were blessed with at least six fantastic high school helpers during the week to also make sure everything went smooth.
Totus Tuus has two separate programs, including a grade school program for students entering grades one-eight, and a high school program from anyone entering high school to recent graduates. The grade school students are split into four classes, first and second; third and fourth; fifth and sixth; and seventh and eighth.
The grade school students collect points from their teachers through the week, and at the end of the week the class with most points wins a special surprise. All the grade school students get to participate in a water fight on Friday, whether they win or not though.
Being at my home parish, I was not-surprisingly the victim for the winning classes surprise at the end of the week.
For the past two weeks our water fight has been a quick, get-it-over-as-soon-as-possible water fight because the weather has not been cooperating, but the students love it, rain, shine, cold, or hot.
We are now half-way to our break week. All the teams will run for four weeks, take a break off, and then head off again for another three weeks.
We are just starting our third week at the parishes and are still enjoying our time. This week my team is at Sacred Heart Parish in Greeley. We have met our host families and are still loving everyone we meet.