This year all students are invited to dress as saints for our All Saints Day Celebrations. Saint costumes may be used for both of our special celebrations:
• Friday, October 26, 6:30 PM – All Saints Prayer Service at Holy Name, followed by All Saints Celebration at Holy Name Center. Positive character costumes are also acceptable for this event, but saint costumes are highly suggested! NO witches, ghosts, goblins, monsters, or “bad/evil” character costumes.
Following the prayer service (in the parking lot) we will have our traditional harvest of cars filled with "treats in their trunks" for each child to visit.
Students must attend Prayer Service in order to take part in "Treats in Trunk"! All students must be accompanied by their parents and stay with them through the night.
Following this, we will have a family celebration in the parish center until 8pm. Our DJ for the evening will be our own Mrs. Melissa Murphy-Leite! Any Dads that can help secure the parking lot for safety are asked to notify Kathy in the office.
• Thursday, November 1 – All Saints Mass at 9:30am for the Holy Day. Students may dress for the day as SAINTS ONLY.
Check your closets and read the suggestions below to create your saint costume. You probably have everything you need at in your home already! Focus on symbols of the saint added to a basic outfit from that time period. Be creative!
A great website for information about and pictures of many saints is:
Easy Ideas for Saint's Costumes!: http://www.domestic-church.com/CONTENT.DCC/19990901/FRIDGE/costumes.htm
Saint's costumes are actually quite easy, especially if you choose a saint from a previous century. There was not much variety in the style of dress, and we have few accurate portrayals of these saints anyway. A 'generic' costume is easily individualized for a particular saint with the addition of the saint's symbol or something from their life. Saint Martha for example, could carry a wooden spoon to illustrate that she was a mother.
Priests or Brother Saints:
A white shirt worn backwards under a dark suit or even a black sweater and trousers is an easy priest's costume. Have the child carry the saint's symbol if possible, a book or staff or lily. A plain dark long bathrobe with a rope tied around the waist creates instant Saint Francis, Saint Thomas Aquinas (for a large kid or dad) , and a lot more.
Lay Male Saints:
A 'Saint Joseph' could wear a rough pair of trousers and a work shirt and carry a saw. Juan Diego (visionary of Our Lady of Guadalupe) would wear the same trousers and shirt, with a poncho over his shoulders. Pin a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the inside of the poncho!
Young Female Saints:
A brightly patterned gathered skirt, with a large shawl wrapped over the shoulders, crossed across the chest and tucked into the skirt, with hair pulled back into a bun – you've got all those little girl saints; Bernadette, Maria Goretti.
Older Female Saints:
Saint Elizabeth Seton wore a dark habit, so dress your young 'saint' in a dark housecoat with a white shirt and white gathered cap. A blue sheet or housecoat creates an easy Mary costume (see suggestions below) especially if you have a darker blue fabric for a head-dress. A long skirt of any pattern, with a plain blouse and shawl to cover the head easily creates a Saint Monica, or Saint Rita, or any of the medieval queens who became saints.
Early Christian Martyrs:
How about taking that old ghost bedsheet costume and turn it into a Roman women's dress? Cut out a hole for the head (a keyhole would look the best), and tie a long sash around the waist, leaving long drapy sleeves. Now you've got Saint Lucy, Saint Felicity, and etc. With a different style of sash, and a shorter sheet, you could turn it into a Roman man's tunic and be Saint Germainicus, or another male martyr. Saint Sebastien would carry a handful of fake arrows, of course.