Monday, November 4, 2019

Halloween, All Saints, All Souls, and Celebrating Stan 2019

I told a few friends that these three days in fall, All Hallows' Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day should be called by the Church, the Fall Triduum (like the Easter Triduum).  I love my Catholic faith!  I love being able to have such a tangible faith based on Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition!

We started out by celebrating All Hallows' Eve with a couple of friends :)

It was a very chilly night for us down here in North Texas.  This was the first real chilly trick-or-treating that we had since moving here (this is our 13th year).  Having to wear coats did not stop them from having fun!

On November 1, we celebrated the Feast of All Saints.  Our homeschool group had another party which was a lot of fun.

I LOVE our Catholic community.  It is so faithful, reverent, and vibrantly alive!

Miss Clementine recycled her Halloween costume and went as St. Jadwiga (a.k.a. St. Hedwig) the first queen of Poland.

St. Jadwiga was the daughter of Luis the Great, King of Hungary and Poland.  She was highly devout spending much of her time in prayer as well as helping the poor and the sick.  She found new churches and sponsored hospitals.  The Polish language was used during Mass thanks to St. Jadwiga.  A faculty of theology at Krakow University was established because of this saint.  St. Jadwiga could be found praying every day at the foot of the black cross  in Wawel Cathedral, and it is there that she was buried.  During a homily at her funeral, she was given the title, "Most Christian Queen".  St. Jadwiga and all saints in heaven, pray for us!

November 2, All Souls Day, is the day that the Church remembers the souls of the faithful departed. 

Our homeschool group headed to the historic cemetery in town and prayed for the souls of the faithful departed. 

On this day, special prayers are offered for the souls of the faithful who which at death have not been cleansed from venial sin or have not atoned for past transgressions and cannot attain the beatific vision.  It is a time to pray for their souls, to assist the souls from purgatory to heaven. 

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen

That evening, a couple of friends and I hosted a Moms Night Out at my house.  It was a night filled with laughter, prayer, festive libations and food, and homemade sugar scrubs.  The ladies made a couple of sugar scrubs each to take home. 

At the end of the night, when the last guest left, there was enough Apple Cider Punch with Bourbon (recipe post coming soon!) for one glass.  It was so delicious!

Rounding up this busy weekend, we celebrated Stan the Man's adoption day anniversary by going out for pizza at our favorite pizza joint in town.

Stan's adoption anniversary falls on the feast of St. Martin de Porres.  Stan and St. Martin have some similarities and St. Martin de Porres is whom Stan has chosen to be his Confirmation saint.

St. Martin de Porres, pray for us!

I'm soooo grateful for the time change this fall because of all the wonderful activities we had going on.  I'm also grateful that today is going to be a slow day.  Praise the Lord for coffee!  Ha!

And just like that, it's November 4.


1 comment:

  1. Patty,
    I wish somehow I could live near you!
    Your family and community are so filled with faith!!!
    And I so would be crashing that Mom party!


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