The Lesson Will Seek To Both Ask and Answer The Following Questions:
What are the historical and cultural roots of what we call Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve?
Where did these traditions come from?
How did these cultural traditions arrive and commingle in America?
What was the response to the three days: All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints and All Souls?
What was Halloween like 100 years ago for a child?
How is Halloween still evolving even now to include input from emerging immigrant cultures?
How can we as Catholics engage with this Holiday in spiritually healthy ways?
Goal of Lesson
Our goal of the lesson is to show how Catholic culture has shaped what is considered by and large an American Holiday, to showcase that the root of the entire day is actually built on the relationship between Church Militant, Church Triumphant and Church Suffering and the relative social recognition we humans attribute to honoring our faithful departed. We also wish to provide a historical context to show that while Catholics have honored the three day grouping throughout the centuries in different ways, the intent should still remain to focus our prayers and intentions upon praying with the Saints and asking for their intercession and praying for the souls in Purgatory and remembering those who have passed from this world to the next.
Don’t miss our All Hallow’s Eve Party October 31st! Come dressed as your favorite Saint and be entered to win a prize! Enjoy chili, cinnamon rolls, sweets, snacks, treats! Play games, Sing songs, and learn about why All Saints and All Souls are kind of a big deal in the Liturgical Calendar!