16th Century from personal collection
This is a Holy Day of Obligation on which we celebrate the Church Triumphant — all the Saints in Heaven, canonized or unknown.
We were blessed to attend our parish festivities for All Hallow’s Eve, in preparation for All Saints’ Day.
St. Joseph the Carpenter led the way. Papi came up with his own saint and costume. It worked out nicely since his Nina gave him a wooden tool box to construct. He used Sweetie’s robe from her Martha costume.
Lil’ man celebrated his first All Saint’s’ Day.
Mass was followed by a Procession and Litany of Saints.
Everyone gathered under the tent for the Parade of Saints and Guess My Saint Contest.
There were plenty of activities and treats for the lil’ saints.
Dragonfly San Giorgio was a fisher of men.
The Catacombs was one of our favorite activities. A family who moved from out of state created this great activity. They used their moving boxes to make up the Catacombs, box maze. Each pilgrim was sent through the Catacombs with a glow stick.
Sweetie and her friend were unplanned twinsies, St. Therese.
Sparkles St. Bernadette was in good company with St. Therese and St. Zeta.
The evening ended with Fr. M’s Campfire Story.
ORATE PRO NOBIS
Thanks to all the families who offered their time, talent, and resources for this blessed event that helps our children keep their eyes on our goal –- HEAVEN.
All Saints’ Day Parties from the Past:
On the occasion of the New Year 1935 Saint Maria Faustina made this entry in her spiritual Diary: "Jesus likes to intervene in the smallest details of our life. And He often fulfills secret wishes of mine that I sometimes hide from Him, although I know that from Him nothing can be hidden. There is a custom among us of drawing by lot on New Year’s Day, special patrons for ourselves for the whole year…”
We are trying to get an early start on 2013. Dad initiated the saint selection for the family’s patron saint for 2013. Then each of us took a moment for prayer before we allowed a saint to select us as our personal patron saint for the year.*
We used the Saint’s Name Generator.
Here are our patron saints for 2013:
*Only those who receive or will receive Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, selected a patron saint for the year. The boys will focus on growing in devotion to their namesakes.
Hi! I'm Lena, mama of JOYfilledfamily.
We are a traditional Catholic family striving to live for Jesus Christ in everything we do. We pray to completely surrender our will to His and to become His servants. Our mission of this blog is to share our JOY.
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