Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Celebrating Feast of All Saints and Prayers for the Holy Souls

More than sixty people came along to The Sacred Heart and English Martyrs Church at Thornley last Sunday to celebrate the Feast of All Saints and pray for our Holy Souls. Both adults and children dressed up as saints. Notable were the family of Saint Therese, Mme Martin and four of her daughters as Carmelite nuns. Also represented were St Joseph, St Hedwig, St Thomas Aquinas and St Lucy among others. After the saints introduced themselves, Father Gary Dickson gave Benediction at which he spoke about the example of the saints and reminded us that we are all called to be saints. We then processed out of church, carrying candles, to the grotto, where votive candles were lit by representatives of each family to remember their deceased relatives. Father blessed the bonfire which was then lit and fireworks and sparklers followed.
Mulled wine, meaty burgers and sausages were enjoyed and afterwards ice cream and cookies. The small children had a storytime to end the day and many took away their coloured pictures of saints. A great alternative to the ghoulish costumes of Halloween or burning a Catholic Guy Fawkes!

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