A trio of mothers, who are a part of a local Catholic sisterhood, Full of Grace, bravely begun a new All Hallows tradition at Saint Patrick’s Wallsend which was welcomed by Parish Priest, Fr Christian.
Families encouraged their children to dress up as their favourite saint or holy person, to celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints Day on November 1. The children, or perhaps little saints, were invited by Father Collins to ‘march in’ with the entrance procession.
Mother to seven, Emilia Cadette, is hopeful the tradition will catch on where parents and children are excited to celebrate All Saints and All Souls day in a similar way, in preparation for November where we remember the souls in purgatory.
“The children walking in, was a visible reminder of our earthly pilgrimage on earth to heaven, and how the saints who led a holy life, are an example and reminder, that it is possible to lead a holy life here on earth,” said Mrs Cadette.
The Catholic Church has an overwhelming amount of patron saints for a lot of vocations. Celebrating All Saints Day and including children, creates an opening to talk about saints and how much they loved God.”
The idea came to life when they agreed to celebrate the three feasts days by dressing up for mass on All Saints Day. It was also an encouraging nod to normalise the idea of dressing up as saints and holy people for Halloween, or All Hollows Eve.
As Father Collins spoke during his homily about several inspiring saints, one that struck a chord with 13-year-old Sienna Siulai, was Blessed Carlos Acutis who died at the age of 15 in 2006.
“Carlos was young like me and he died not long ago. It was interesting to learn about his life and how he used the internet for good,” said Miss Siulai.
Passing on Catholic traditions begins at home with the domestic church. For young adults, a similar tradition to implement is to visit a cemetery on All Souls Day, November 2, and to pray for the poor souls in purgatory.