Happy All Saints Day 2007!!

Our All Saints Day started last night when we attened Mass.  There are two very special things about our church right now.  First is that the saints are very well represented.  Second, we have a wonderful priest who knows and loves the Chruch’s Traditions and who is a wonderful decorator in a very simple way.  Some of the Saint statues had a simple bouquet of flowers near them.  It was simple, very pretty, and enough to put you in a festive mood.  Also, Father lighted a lot more candles than usual.   (For my Protestant brothers and sisters:  We do not worship statues.  They are there as a visual reminder to us that we must all strive to become saints.  They are like having family pictures in our homes.)  Here are some pictures of our beautiful old chuch.  The first picture shows the right side of the alter where the Blessed Sacrament is kept.  We have St. Anthony, St. Josepeh, and whom Father said was St. Teresa of Avila, but the statue always reminds me of St. Rose of Lima.

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Next is the left side of the alter.  We have St. Aloysius, Our Lady of Victory (also known as Our Lady of the Rosary), and St. Francis.  I put in an extra picture here to show Father’s statue that he puts our for special Marian feast days and during the months of May and October.

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This next picture is the center of the alter.  We have St. Boniface who is shown here with an ax and a tree stump.  He was known as the apostle of Germany and is said to have cut down a tree to show the people that the trees were not gods.  The middle is the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the other side is St. Patrick.  The original Catholics who settled in these parts were German and Irish.  This parish has such a rich heritage.

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Now the fun part.  It was a hectic morning.  We had our All Saints party that was an hours drive at 10:30am.  Then John was going to make it easy for me and change his saint to a bishop.  But, then he changed his mind.  So, I had to make the surplice that goes over the cassock.  I was rather proud of myself for that.  The next obsticle was MaryEllen.  She wanted to be St. Therese.  Well, when we started dressing her, she wanted to be Mary instead.  So, I had to switch and though a bigger Mary costume togther than I had planned.  When everyone was finally dressed, we all went outside for a picture.  I lined them up in the driveway when someone noticed the UPS truck coming.  You never saw saints running in so many directions!  But, we did manage to line them up again and get a picture.  Here it is…

 allsaints07-6.jpg  We have St. Michael, St. Aloysius, St. Therese, Mary, and St. Alban.

Finally, why do we always manage to get more pictures of the girls?  After all that work with MaryEllen, I made her get her picture done as St. Therese.  (And yes, she was very upset!)  And here is another cute one of Charlotte.

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The party was wonderful.  The chidren went up and told something about their saint and the others had to guess.  Kevin stumped everyone and is very proud of that.  Then there was food, there was football, there were games with prizes, there was more football, there were catechism games.  We all had a wonderful time.  (Thank you Jennifer and Dorothy!)  Can you guess why John picked St. Aloysius?  He is the patron saint of football!

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3 Responses to “Happy All Saints Day 2007!!”

  1. snowbabies Says:

    Those are great pictures! We both had a St Michael !! Wonderful angel wings too!

  2. Jennifer Says:

    I can’t wait to tell Mark that St. Aloysius is the patron of football – I wonder who he’ll dress as next year. The day was wonderful! I’m so glad your family was there.

  3. Sanctus Belle Says:

    Your altar looks alot like the one at my church!

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