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All dressed up for All Saints Day

Students in schools throughout the Diocese celebrated Halloween and All Saints Day with trick-or-treating and by dressing up as their favorite saint. Some schools hosted festivals, while others had parades. Here’s a sampling of photos sent to us by parents and school administrators.

Christ the King Catholic School

Suzy Yaeger, who does public relations for Christ the King Catholic School, sent in these photos of fourth grade students dressed as saints for the school’s fifth annual All Saints Festival.

“Each Fall, while children all over excitedly envision their Halloween costumes, the fourth grade students at Christ the King School are hard at work creating a saintly wardrobe,” Yaeger said. “The annual All Saints Festival has become a treasured tradition at the school.

“For the past five years, fourth grade students have studied the lives of the saints to prepare for the Feast of All Saints. After learning about several saints, each student chooses one saint to research in depth. During a special mass, the students wear saint costumes that they create themselves and participate in the liturgy. They also plan an “All Saints Festival.”

“At the festival, fourth grade students present their stories of the saints in a wax museum-style to Kindergarten and first grade students. They play saint-related games, which they design themselves, with the younger children. The fourth grade students hand-make prizes for the festival, including prayer cards and saint bookmarks.

Suzy also submitted this photo, of Monsignor Donald Zimmerman handing out candy to a trick-or-treating CKS Kindergartener Reese Ellison. Photo credit for both goes to Ron Hudson.

All Saints Catholic School

Amy Gutierrez sent in the following photo and described it as follows: Stephanie Milliken, Director of the All Saints Little Saints pre-school program, lights a candle in a pumpkin as Katie Lee, 3, (far left), Tessa Gutierrez, 4, (left) and Emmerson Sincleair, 4, (far right), look on as the school celebrates Halloween with a Jesus Pumpkin Thursday Oct. 28, 2010.

St. Patrick Catholic School

Lisa Buechel at St. Patrick’s sent in the following pics from the school’s All Saints Day Parade. In the first picture: Cati Segura and Nina Robledo. In the next, Ethan Hughes, Vincent Mutasa, Robert Moore and Adrian Alvizo. And in the last picture, Matthew Parsons, Henry Nyhart, Benjamin Bernal and Austin Schnurr.

St. Pius Catholic School

Alicia Mendoza, development director at St. Pius, sent in pictures of the school’s Trunk or Treat event as well as All Saints Day photos. Here’s what she said about them:

“SPX Trunk or Treat is held open to our entire community and is hosted by St. Pius X Catholic School. All families are invited to park their vehicles by a designated time to insure safety for all. A best decorated car award as well as age group costume awards was given.”

For All Saints Day, Alicia wrote, “the students prepare a narrative, saint puppet and research paper on their saint. The costumes are as individual as the student. Our class grades take responsibilities to prepare the Mass. Students take part in the readings as one of these responsibilities. Our 4th grade Saints enjoyed their day!”

Fr. Guadagnoli interviewed each saint after the All School Mass Monday November 1, 2010.

Fr. Guadagnoli and St. Pius X Catholic School Principal Mrs. Elwood spent some time with the students after the event.

Our class grades take responsibilities to prepare the Mass. Students take part in the readings as one of these responsibilities. Our 4th grade Saints enjoyed their day!

Other photos taken by Texas Catholic photographers at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Plano and Santa Clara of Assisi Catholic Academy in Dallas can be seen in the slideshow on our main page. Thanks to all for submitting photos! If you’d like to submit All Saints Day photos from your school e-mail them in JPG format, between 1 MB and 5 MB in size preferred, and a brief description of the photos to lhorton@cathdal.org.