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110816 all saintsjpgHUNTERSVILLE — Nearly 60 parishioners of St. Mark Church gathered at Northlake Memorial Gardens Cemetery for an outdoor Mass for the repose of all the faithful departed.

The Mass was offered by Father Cory Catron, parochial vicar, and assisted by Deacon Louis Pais. The Mass was followed by a procession around the grounds to bless the graves.

Unlike many in society, Father Catron said in his homily, Catholics are more comfortable with death because we put our hope in a living God knowing that we too will rise again with Him.

He said that we remember all those loved ones who have gone before us here at the altar on this day, all throughout this month and every day of our lives we pray that God has mercy upon them. During the procession and blessing of the graves, the group prayed the Litany of the Saints, led by Nancy McGahey.

— Photo provided by Amy Burger

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HUNTERSVILLE — St. Mark preschoolers also dressed as their favorite saint and took part in an annual All Saints Day procession at the school.

— Photo provided by Amy Burger

WINSTON-SALEM — At an All Saints Day Fair at Our Lady of Mercy Church, students learned about and dressed up as various saints, including one student who wore the old habit of the Franciscan Sisters of Philadelphia, pictured with Sister Kathy Grniel, a member of that order.

— Photo provided by Conventual Franciscan Father Carl Zdancewicz

DENVER — Holy Spirit held an All Saints Celebration for children on October 30th. This photo features the Living Saints Museum. Saint is Elizabeth Ann Seton is portrayed by Sarah Bartro as Crystal King with children Carter and Clare learn about the saint's life. Other activities included games and crafts, a reading nook and a saints selfie station.

— Doreen Sugierski

FOREST CITY — Children at Immaculate Conception Church celebrated Halloween as All Hallows’ Day by dressing up as their favorite saint. Saints represented in the photo include St. Faustina, accompanied by Jesus, St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Patrick, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, St. Joseph, St. Francis, St. Philomena, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Michael the Archangel, and St. John Paul II.

— Giuliana Polinari Riley | Catholic News Herald

HUNTERSVILLE — St. Mark students attended Mass Nov. 3 to celebrate All Saints Day. The yearly tradition sees all of the second-grade students come to Mass dressed as their favorite saint. But it is not just a dress-up day for the students. It is part of a larger class project where they study their saint, create poster and make class presentations for their sacrament preparation leading up to their first Holy Communion in the spring.

— Photo provided by Amy Burger

CHARLOTTE — St. Ann parish offered a Missa Cantata (High Mass in the Extraordinary Form) for the feast of All Souls’ Day. The Mass was offered by pastor Father Timothy Reid and after Mass, Father Reid vested in a new black requiem cope to offer prayers for the parish’s deceased members. The cope was funded by an initiative of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community and St. Ann parishioners. The evening also featured two other requiem Masses, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte and St. Michael Church in Gastonia.

— Mike FitzGerald | Catholic News Herald

GASTONIA — Students at St. Michael School also researched and dressed up as their favorite saint in preparation for All Saints Day. After their research was complete, students wrote a narrative about the saint’s life in the first person. Students then memorized their narrative and presented it at the “Saints Alive” museum. On Oct. 28, the “saints” took their place in the museum (a.k.a. gym), and held their pose until the red button on their back was pushed. Once their button was pushed, the saint came alive and told all about his or her life to the visitors. Parents, students and staff were impressed with the students’ depiction of their saint and some even said they learned a lot from the young saints!

— Photo provided by Tammy Eason

All Souls Day at St. Thomas Aquinas
All Souls Day at St. Thomas Aquinas
Holy Spirit in Denver
Holy Spirit in Denver
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Children at Immaculate Conception Church
Children at Immaculate Conception Church
St. Ann parish offered a Missa Cantata (High Mass in the Extraordinary Form) for the feast of All Souls’ Day
St. Ann parish offered a Missa Cantata (High Mass in the Extraordinary Form) for the feast of All Souls’ Day
St. Mark preschoolers dress for All Saints Day
St. Mark preschoolers dress for All Saints Day
St Mark School students dress for All Saints Day
St Mark School students dress for All Saints Day
St. Michael School students dress up for All Saints Day
St. Michael School students dress up for All Saints Day
All Saints Day Fair at Our Lady of Mercy Church
All Saints Day Fair at Our Lady of Mercy Church
All Souls Mass at St. Mark
All Souls Mass at St. Mark
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