Celebrating the Saints :: Our 2013 Costumes!
|Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Juan Diego, St. Gregory the Great, St. John of the Cross, St. John Vianney, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Catherine of Sienna – All Saints in Heaven, Pray for us!
The excitement has been building all week in our home as we prepare to celebrate the feast of All Saints and welcome over sixty guests to our home this evening for our annual All Hallows’ Eve Party! (You can find pictures from last year’s celebration here.)
I am taking a little break from the final preparations to pop in real quick to say THANK YOU for the outpouring of support and encouragement!!! I wish I could respond personally to each of you and want you all to know how very much every comment/email, along with all the extra prayers, is appreciated. God bless you all!
Also, I wanted to share this year’s saint costumes! I took these pictures on our way to our parish’s All Saints Costume Contest last Friday night and my children will be wearing them all again this evening. We actually ended up coming home with two prizes! Chiquita won 3rd place in the 0-10 age category and Rascal won 2nd place in the 11-Adult age category! I am so thankful that I wasn’t one of the judges… There is no way that I would have been able to choose favorites. I loved them all!
.: St. John Vianney :.
Captain (age 13) dressed as St. John Vianney
Costume: Reusing the cassock from Our Coats of Many Colors (these costumes are such a great investment and this particular one has been used in some way for four years in a row now!), Dad’s Surplus, a lovely purple stole made by a friend, a piece of black felt used for the collar, holding his crucifix, and white flour to add some “gray” to his hair!
.: St. Gregory the Great :.
Rascal (age 11) dressed as St. Gregory the Great
Chiquita (age 8) as Our Lady of Guadalupe
.: St. Juan Diego :.
Snuggles (age 6) as St. Juan Diego
Costume: A white t-shirt of daddy’s, rope for a belt, brown sandals, a borrowed sombrero, a piece of fabric tied around his neck with a fabric image of our lady pinned on the front in addition to crocheted rosary roses. I also used some of my eye liner for the little mustache and goatee he wanted!
.: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton :.
Rose (age 3) as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Costume: reusing the costume made by Grandma in 2006, a black rosary, and an American Cardinal Reader Primer (which can now be purchased from TAN! Yay!)
.: St. John of the Cross :.
Bud (age 1) as St. John of the Cross
I was very happy that, other than a few supplies for Chiquita’s veil and a couple items that a friend made for me (more details on those soon!) all the costumes were pulled together with things that we already owned and from the costume box our children love to use year round!
Happy All Hallows’ Eve and Feast of All Saints!
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.