Each year we celebrate the glory of the saints in heaven on All Saints Day. The church teaches that everyone in heaven is a saint, although we have many days assigned to specific canonized saints, All Saints Day is a day to celebrate EVERY saint in heaven. Celebrating All Saints Day versus the secular day of Halloween helps to keep the faith alive for our children. Any time you can take a secular custom and transform it to show the beauty of our faith you are helping your children grow closer to God. Just think, our children are happy because they know that for everyone in heaven there is no more pain and suffering only complete happiness.
Our Saints came from all around the world. Several girls came as St. Elizabeth of Hungry. (I think we had 5)
We began with prayer and the children marched in costume singing, When the Saints Come Marching In, as they set out to their first station. The teens and moms led small groups of ‘saints’ from station to station.
We had stations which included: Memory of Saints, Saint Bingo, St. Peter’s Fish Pond, a Works of Mercy station, Saint Cecilia’s Musical Chairs, Daniel’s Pin the Tail on the Lion, a craft table and coloring area too.
What is a feast day without a FEAST? There was plenty of food for everyone.
This year we combined our Harvest Fest Gathering with our All Saints Day Party. Which means we added more fall favorites like pumpkin carving!
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