Halloween, or all hallows (saints) eve, is a controversial subject for some Christians, but shouldn’t be. Although appropriated by secular culture and imputed to have nefarious origins, the name is of Catholic origins. A contraction of “Hallows” an old English word for “holy ones” and “eve” or evening. It is hallowed, as in “Hallowed be Thy Name”, or holy because it is the eve of the Feast of All Saints, or holy ones, which used to be called All Hallows. Like other eves, or vigils, such as Christmas Eve and Easter Eve (Vigil), the Church’s celebration of her greatest feasts always begins the evening before with a time of penitential preparation but also a little fun.
All Hallow’s Eve is meant to be a time for us to think about all the holy souls who are now citizens of the Heavenly Jerusalem and to prepare ourselves to celebrate the Feast of that city. Let’s reclaim Hallowe’en by repairing the broken link to its Christian meaning and significance.
We hope you will join us on Monday, October 31st for an All Saints’ Eve Celebration at Sacred Heart of Jesus. There will be an anticipated Mass for the Holy Day at 5:30pm followed by a celebration of a potluck dinner, games, candy, and prizes. All, children, teens and adults, are invited to come dressed as a favorite Saint and compete for prizes for the most authentic costumes. Everyone dress as a Saint will leave with a bag of candy!
RSVP will be available soon!
- Candy donations – Please drop off to the rectory by October 30th
- Sign up to Volunteer!