MANILA, Nov. 12, 2014 — Who says celebrating the saints should only be on All Saints’ Day? A support group for Filipino Catholic homeschoolers held a “saint-themed” party on Nov. 7 where kids learned more about the lives of the saints, held at the Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish, Philam Homes, Quezon City.
“I think having the kids ‘visit’ the saints by getting a close-up look at their statues, images was a special experience. The fact that the venue was outdoors probably added an element of fun and uniqueness to the event — the kids really enjoyed going around and, later on, running around too!” Mariel Uyquiengco, a member of the organizing group, Roman Catholics Keeping Education Real (ROCKERS), shared.
Some 12 families came to participate in the event, which featured a Parade of the Saints with the kids moving to the tune “When the Saints Go Marching In”.
After introducing the represented saints, the children then “got to know” the saints by visiting their images located all over the parish grounds.
Parents assigned to the saints would then introduce them to the participants, leading them into a short prayer. The kids then received a “treat” like a stampita of the saint and a piece of chocolate or candy.
The participants even got to enjoy “saint-themed” snacks pertaining to food items especially associated with particular saints, like St. Isidore’s Treats (fruits) and St. Elizabeth of Hungary’s Bread (bread rolls and croissants).
The rest of the day was devoted to saint-themed games, including Santa Clara’s Egg Relay and St. Cecilia’s Musical Chairs.
Rosanne Unson of local parenting resources provider The Learning Basket, one of the organizers for this year’s event, said the event was beneficial for both parents and children.
“It was also great to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones, and I guess the same is true with the kids. We had so much fun knowing more about the saints!” she said. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz)