A Cloud of Witnesses
A cloud of witnesses
CCC # 2683 The witnesses who have preceded us into the kingdom,41 especially those whom the Church recognizes as saints, share in the living tradition of prayer by the example of their lives, the transmission of their writings, and their prayer today. They contemplate God, praise him and constantly care for those whom they have left on earth. When they entered into the joy of their Master, they were “put in charge of many things.”42 Their intercession is their most exalted service to God’s plan. We can and should ask them to intercede for us and for the whole world.
After a slightly belated start (due to car trouble, but other moms came to the rescue with ‘cab’ service), eleven families gathered, beginning in prayer. We were so blessed to have Father Dominic join in the fun.
St. John Vianney, patron of priests, bless and inspire Father Dominic Savio in service to Holy Mother Church!
Oh, what a table of food! Thank you to all who brought goodies to share, from pies to cookies to popcorn to cupcakes! Mulled apple cider and hot chocolate rounded out the fare.
Good Saint Martha, bless these generous cooks!
Several families brought board games. There were also homemade games specifically for All Saints’ Day, such as Saint Bingo and Pin the Tail on the Lion. A popular and visually tempting set of Guessing Jars were set out, jars full of Swedish Fish (St. Anthony preaching to the fish); Froot Loops (haloes); Caramel Bullseyes (St. Therese, a carmelite♥); Candy Corn (St. Kateri) . Closest guess wins the jar full! http://www.catholicicing.com/saint-guessing-jars// One of our moms brought a giant Jenga game and homemade carnival games, just right for the small wiggly people.
St. Philip Neri, patron of joy, inspire our dear ones to play well always.
The biggest project of the day was decorating pumpkins. Such inspiration, skill and abandon! Apologies to anyone still trying to scrape off burnt umber acrylic paint from the leather seats in the van!
Saint Catherine of Bologna, patroness of artists, bless these creative souls!
The high point of the party, in my opinion, was the “Who Am I?” portion of the afternoon. Each costumed kiddo shuffles to the front of the room and gives clues as to which saint he/she is representing. Completely adorable are the chubby-cheeked urchins, some giving tough clues. “I once punched a heretic in the nose.” (St. Nicholas of Myra) “I was put into a barrel of spikes and rolled down a hill.” (St. Erasmus aka St. Elmo). “I was a Greek princess. The Emperor Diocletian tried to kill me because I wouldn’t marry him, but I survived (the first three attempts).” (St. Philomena)
And the occasional ‘softball’ clue–“I was the Mother of Jesus.” Thank goodness, all hands shot up. Afterward, since all the saints had been ‘introduced’, we prayed the Litany of the Saints (an abbreviated version), while each of the ‘saints’ present intoned his or her name. Kudos to kids and moms for their resourcefulness in their costume-making–I nominate the hair of that little wild man St. John the Baptist, artfully played by a brown cloth rag mop.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, patron of Catholic youth, instill a holy fervor in the hearts of our children!
The older girls even put together goody bags for everyone to take home. The afternoon ended as it began, with prayer. The moms gathered together to pray for one of the moms who would be heading into eye surgery on Monday morning (the feast of All Souls). We also included in our intentions the speedy healing of an absent MARCH family, and successful surgery for the daughter of the Gray family.
Saint Luke, guide the hands of the surgeons! Saint Lucy, please assist in this mother’s healing. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, speed the Bakers back to health. And Blessed Virgin, our Mother Mary, please be with M during her surgery and healing afterward.
If the custodian had peeked in on our boisterous party, he would have seen merely a gaggle of over two-score children and a bunch of mommies. So much more than that, we are a spiritual sisterhood, fellow pilgrims, and we are so very blessed to have one another.
St. John, the Beloved Apostle, keep our hearts attentive to our friendships!
CCC #957 Exactly as Christian communion among our fellow pilgrims brings us closer to Christ, so our communion with the saints joins us to Christ.
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