Monday, October 26, 2009
Coming Up: All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, All Souls Day
My children look forward to All Saints day year round. This weekend, Catholics will celebrate the Communion of the Saints and how we are all connected. To kick things off, we've started reading Father Phillip Tells a Ghost Story, first in Spanish and now in English. On Friday, St. Francis of Assisi Montessori Academy will be doing a great suggested activity from Catholic Mosaic, based on the Communion of the Saints. On All Hallows Eve we will cut open and clean out our pumpkins for carving. That same evening we will be joining our friends at their home for an All Hallows Eve party where we will be carving our pumpkins for the next days, "Saint-O-Lantern" contest. On Sunday, All Saints Day, we will be having an All Saints day party after Mass. Our oldest will be St. Peter Claver and has already memorized this little poem from the book, Peter Claver Patron Saint of Slaves, to share: "Slave of slaves I swear to be, I will not rest until their free!". Son #2 will be Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio or St. Juan Diego, Son #3 be a priest or bishop of some sort, (we have not decided yet, possibly even St. Patrick), son #4 will be St. Michael the Archangel, and little 18 month old flower will be St. Cecilia with lap harp included!
Finally, on Monday, our school group will attend Mass for All Souls day, and then make a visit to the cemetery to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
I'll have to post pictures of all our celebrating once this weekend is over! Stay tuned!
For those of you needing costume ideas for All Saints Day, here are a few websites to help you out: Catholic Childrens Costumes, Our Coats of Many Colors, Shower of Roses.