La Naval Shrine holds march of saints

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Fr Ching Salibay, parish priest of Sto. Domingo Church pose with children dressed to the looks of their favorite saints. (Madonna Escolano)

MANILA, October 31, 2014–The Santo Domingo Parish in Quezon City held its very first March of Saints in the afternoon today, October 31, 2014. Children came dressed as their favorite saints, and went on procession around the neighboring streets of the parish.

Rev. Fr. Ramon T. Salibay, O.P. (Fr. Ching), parish priest, said that the activity aimed to create awareness that All Saints’ Day, or “Undas”, is not a day for ghosts, witches, ghouls and the like, but a day that commemorates the saints and martyrs.

It is beautiful to remember the people whose lives gave us an example on how to live the Faith and continue to teach us to persevere in love, endure with hope, and suffer willingly even unto death for the cause of the Gospels. he said.

Fr. Ching further said that the saints inspire us to strive for perfection; and if they were able to attain holiness, then it is possible that we can, too.

After the procession there was a short program that included snacks, treats and gifts. A special recognition was given to the children who were able to best portray the saints they have chosen. The favorites being Blessed Margaret of Castello , Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Saint Peter Verona, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Joan of Arc.

Fr. Ching hopes that next year, more people will be encouraged to take part in the activity. The March of Saints was organized by the parish as a Christ-centered alternative to the secular celebration of All Hallows Eve. (Madonna Escolano)

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