“A Date with Jesus, Mary and the Saints”: Philippino’s alternative to Halloween

Manila, The Philippines (Wednesday, 10/29/2014, Gaudium Press) Last October 24, children from the Catholic Academy of the Philippines had a colorful costume party which helped them learn about their faith and to prepare themselves for the incoming celebration of All Saints. The event was named “A Date with Jesus, Mary and the Saints” and gathered hundreds of children who participated in a contest of costumes from the Old and New Testament.

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“How many parents would want their children to become a saint among the blessed in heaven?” asked Clara Carranza, one of the parents who brought her child to be part of the event.” I am so glad that I am not alone in this quest for sainthood,” said Clara.

The event included the representation of Saints from various continents and had a special focus on Mary being the month of October specially dedicated to the Mother of God and to the recitation of the Holy Rosary.

The celebration began with a Living Rosary at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, said in different languages (Swahili, Filipino, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia, and Latin), followed by an exhibition featuring saints as Elijah the Prophet, complete with a chariot, St. Michael the Archangel, as well as St. Therese of Lisieux, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and San Juan Diego, among others.

This day was also commemorated as a Day of the United Nations, and therefore it intended to relate to the universality of the Church by featuring Saints of different continents, with their languages and cultures.

With Information from CBCP News.

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