Little Saints Parade brings ‘saintly’ Halloween back

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Children representing different organizations, commissions, and communities dress up as little angels and saints in observance of the Solemnity of All Saints, Oct. 29, 2015. (Photo: CBCP News)

VALENZUELA City, Oct. 30, 2015 – In the observance of All Saints’ Day, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima Parish held its 2nd Little Saints Parade on Thursday, Oct. 29, bringing back remembrance of the holy ones on the eve of the feast.

“According to the liturgical calendar, Nov. 1 marks the Feast of All Saints and the Roman Catholic Church commemorates this by having different activities. And in our parish, we opted to bring the saints to life by coming up with this annual ‘Little Saints Parade’,” Commission on Social Communications Chairperson and overall coordinator of the said parade, Christina Cruz Luna.

Thirty-four children from different organizations, commissions, and communities of the parish dressed up like their favorite saints and paraded around the vicinity of the Shrine with Saints Maximilian Maria Kolbe and Hedwig of Silesia awarded as the best dressed saints.

The 34 participants received loot bags and certificates while all the other children got some treats, too.

“The activity will continue to be an annual practice in the Shrine to counter wrong beliefs during the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day as many groups and communities are into Halloween parties and dressing-up as monsters and evil creatures,” explained, parish priest and rector Msgr. Bartolome G. Santos, Jr. (Myraine Carluen Policarpo / CBCP News)

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