Students rally — Students from four Wichita Catholic schools participated in a school choice rally at the Capitol in Topeka Thursday, Jan. 24. One hundred ten youth from Holy Savior, Christ the King, St. Joseph, and St. Patrick Catholic schools participated in what a speaker called a “rumble in the rotunda” with other students from across Kansas. In addition to promoting school choice, the event was designed to bolster support for the Kansas Tax Credit for Low Income Students Scholarship Program which has faced resistance in the Kansas legislature. (Courtesy photos)

Camp Totus Tuus is around the corner

Camp director invites youth to be transformed by Christ at TT camp
By Becky Costello

As a fifth grader at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Camp Totus Tuus counselors came to talk to us about attending the camp. They made it sound amazing, bringing together two things that I was very familiar with: fun and Jesus. I didn’t see how they could connect, but I was interested to see them try. As the date got closer for me to go to camp, I got scared and told my mom I didn’t want to go anymore. I didn’t end up going to camp until my junior year of high school.
I got challenged that summer. I got challenged that week. The idea of fun and Catholic didn’t seem to go together, but I could not have been more wrong. I was able to see true joy through the week in the counselors and the campers next to me.
It was the first time I felt God’s love, something I had heard plenty of in religion class. It didn’t click until I was surrounded by prayer, laughter, and a group of people who truly wanted to follow Christ.
I was challenged in learning all the prayers that they talk about in school like the rosary and liturgy of the hours. I was challenged in the Olympic games. I was challenged to step out of my comfort zone and meet some incredible people. God challenged me that summer to start an actual relationship with him, to stop holding myself back, to stop being afraid.
Since that first summer I have always been drawn back to Totus Tuus. It changed my life. If you allow yourself the chance, it can change yours. I was given the blessing of being a counselor at camp last year and it allowed me to encounter God in a whole new way – through the campers.
I now would like to extend this same challenge to you, to become your best self. To step out of your comfort zone and be challenged the way I was. To accept the first invitation. God has a magnificent plan in store for you, trust that. I hope to see you there – if you are up for the challenge!
Costello is Camp Totus Tuus’ summer director.
Camp with Christ at Totus Tuus camp
Youth are invited to the summer Camp Totus Tuus. It is open to boys and girls, fifth through 12th grade. Visit TotusTuusofWichita.org to register.

Kids Mass back on calendar after SLC remodel completed
The monthly Mass for children at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita has been on hiatus during the building’s recent remodel. But the popular program returns this month.
“KidsPrayToo! Mass with Children” welcomes caregivers and their children to the Spiritual Life Center for a special daily Mass. Spring dates are Feb. 22, April 23, and May 16. Mass begins at 11:15 a.m. This program gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to teach their children without worrying about disturbing other Mass-goers around them.
All families are invited to pack a lunch to enjoy in the dining room or courtyard afterwards. No registration is necessary.

BCCHS pancake feed Saturday in Commons
The Bishop Carroll Parent’s Organization will host its annual Pancake Feed from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, in the school’s Commons.
The cost is $22 per (immediate) family, $6 for adults, and $4 for children ages 2 to 12.