Heroes, not villains, highlighted in Halloween fest

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BACOLOD City, Oct. 31, 2014 — In response to the Year of the Laity’s exhortation “Filipino Catholic Laity: Called to be Saints … Sent Forth as Heroes”, the San Sebastián Cathedral Parish of Bacolod celebrate a “Parade of Saints” on Oct. 31, 2014 at 5 p.m.

“It is observable in recent years that these ‘evil’ creatures are no longer depicted as such, but are now presented as heroes in movies,” Fr. Deogracias Aurelio Camon, Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral Parish lamented.

Kids dress up as Our Lady of Guadalupe and as jolly, old St. Nicholas in a similar event called the "March of Saints" held on Oct. 26, 2014 at the Diocesan Shrine and Parish Church of Our Lady of Grace in Grace Park, Caloocan City. (Photo: Rommel Lopez)

“It’s about time that the Church proposes the saints as the real heroes,” he stressed.

According to Camon, the parade of the saints aims to inculcate in children a love for Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints as “real heroes who have overcome the evils of this world.”

The parade started from the San Sebastián Cathedral and proceeded to the St. John Paul II Tower, which was built by the diocese of Bacolod to honor St. John Paul II, known to have canonized more saints during his pontificate than all past popes combined.

“The aim of the parade is to provide an alternative to the secular practice of Halloween which is celebrated with children wearing costumes as vampires, witches and other beings which are considered evil or demonic,” Camon explained.

According to Camon, the organizers hope that as children dress up as saints, “they will imitate the saints’ virtues…becoming themselves the new witnesses of the faith for the future generation.”

Children from the various Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) of the San Sebastian Cathedral participated in the parade of the saints.

In the Catholic liturgical calendar, Nov. 1 is designated as “All Saints’ Day” to commemorate Christians whom the Church believes intercede from heaven. (Fr.Mickey Cardenas)

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