‘All Saints’ Day should be holy not creepy’ – priest

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Kids of Bacolod City dress up as their favorite saints during the city's second “Parade of the Saints”, Oct. 31, 2015. (Photo: Fr. Mickey Cardenas)

BACOLOD City, Nov. 1, 2015 – With San Sebastian Cathedral Parish of the Diocese of Bacolod successfully celebrating its second year of “Parade of the Saints” yesterday, a priest reminds the faithful that the feast should remind all of heavenly and not scary things.

“The celebration of Halloween and All Saints’ Day should be holy not creepy,” stressed Cathedral parish rector Fr. Felix P. Pasquin.

According to him, the Parade of the Saints was designed “as an alternative to the creeping secularism in the celebration of the Halloween where children are dressed as witches, monsters, vampires, fairies and other mythical creatures.”

Bacolod's second “Parade of the Saints”, Oct. 31, 2015. (Photo: Fr. Mickey Cardenas)

In place of the “secularized version of Halloween” which, as the Cathedral Rector sadly observed, does not support any positive values, the Parade of Saints seeks to promote the saints as role models for children to imitate.

Some 85 children, dressed as their favorite saints, participated in Bacolod’s second Parade of the Saints. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas/CBCP News)

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