Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Our Parish All Saints' Party and Costume Contest


A week ago, after hearing that our parish was encouraging saint or biblical costumes this year (you had to come dressed as one to be entered in the costume contest), and after our pastor told our children that both he and the assistant priest would be dressing up, we decided to take the kids's this year to the All Saints Party which was held this past Friday night.

Some of the kids decided to wear the costumes they will be wearing for our party tomorrow night, and a couple decided to use the opportunity to wear a different saint costume!   Even though we only had about an hour to get ready for the party they all came together so nicely, and I was glad I didn't have to choose a favorite!

.:  St. Francis of Assisi :.

Costume passed down from my brothers, with homemade tonsure, and bird & animal finger puppets pinned to shoulder and hem.  
(Note: if you need a last minute costume, adult size t-shirts make great habits for little ones!) 


.: St. Therese of Lisieux :.

Costume from Our Coats of Many Colors 
(all from our ever growing Saints Costume collection!)


.: St. Nicholas :.

 
Costume/Vestments from Our Father's House 
(no longer sold, but they do carry patterns)


.: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta :. 

Costume from Our Coats of Many Colors with Crucifix

.: St. Catherine of Laboure :. 

Costume Homemade and passed down from my sisters
I kept trying and just could not get that headpiece right... In the meantime I forgot to take a picture of just TT before leaving for the party.   These pictures were taken a couple weeks ago when we were trying out the costume.  She also wore a miraculous medal.  

.: St. Isaac Jogues :. 

Costume from Our Coats of Many Colors with Crucifix and Bible
(Can you believe how well his lip has healed, and how quickly!?!  His teeth are looking good, but still bothering him, some.  Thank you for all the prayers!) 

.: St. Paul the Apostle :. 

 
 Costume from Our Coats of Many Colors, with Yellow Turban, Grey Beard and Sword

I love this picture with four of my boys best friends dressed as Moses, Lazarus, St. Juan Diego, and St, Maximilian Koble, as well as our Pastor and Parochial Vicar dressed as Blessed John Paul II and Venerable Futon Sheen!


The Youth Ministry Coordinator was dressed as St. Teresa of Avila.  I loved her costume!  
(Sorry for the blurry picture...) 


The parish hall was set up with all sorts of games for the children, very similar to our past All Saints' Parties, and I keep thinking how NICE it was to have such a great party without ALL the work!  ;) 


On top of all the treats the kids were given while playing games, Snuggles also won 3 bags of candy for placing 1st in the costume contest!  When I told Father, while juggling the bags, that we were now set for our upcoming party, he handed me another bag, since he had just won 1st place in the 12 & older group! lol  We ended up coming home with over 20 pounds of candy...  Yikes!!


This was our first time attending, but we are so glad we took all our little "saints."  It was so much fun and ended up being their best turnout yet!  I really hope this becomes an annual event.  

34 comments:

  1. Save the candy for stocking stuffers...my parents did that.

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  2. Well, we have nearly 70 people coming over tomorrow night, so I'm thinking it probably won't last too long! :)

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  3. Great costumes! And oh my goodness, 20 pounds of candy? That's a lot!

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  4. I LOVE ALL the costumes!!

    I hope to start dressing my kids up as saint next year.

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  5. Ohh, I know those priests! Looked very fun :)

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  6. Oh my - what a *great* picture!! Love your costumes, too. You have such a beautiful family!
    My children are dressing up as saints for the first time this year :) and we'll have a St. Paul, too (namesake for one of my boys)!

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  7. Jessica...your witness to me is that not only are your littles dressed as saints but there is such joy in their faces because they know them and love them! THANK YOU for sharing God Bless!!!!

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  8. NOW FOLKS, THIS IS WHAT HALLOWEEN OR ALL HALLOWS EVE OR THE EVENING BEFORE THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS REALLY MEANS! You all are to be commended for your efforts!

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  9. Jessica - the first picture in this post showed up on my FB page - Johnette Benkovic posted it (from ETWN) - it showed up on HER FB page! Just thought you'd like to know - she said what a beautiful family! I commented that I know the family and put your blog address there for other homeschooling moms to stop on by for some great ideas to celebrate the Liturgical Year and curriculum ideas! Happy All Hallow's Eve tonight for your party!!!

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  10. Hermosooo quisiera hacer esto en mi pais :)

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  11. I've seen the photo twice on my FB. One was from Catholic Memes. They did leave your copyright info though. Just thought you'd like to know.
    You have a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us!

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  12. I was just going to post too that I saw your photo of all your children dressed up on Facebook from a local Eastern Rite Church. They kept your copyright on your photo, but it's the Catholic Memes web address under the photo. If you go on Facebook and type up Catholic Memes, you'll see your photo. You may want to clarify to those who are commenting what saints your children are dressed up as. I did not realize that people could use your photo and put their own comment underneath? Also, everyone keeps wondering why St. Paul is carrying a sword and there have been more than over a thousand people viewing and 100 comments. Wow! I am commenting that your photo is from your blog, so they can actually read what you wrote and who your children dressed up as. Take care!

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  13. I woke up to discover that the picture of the kids had been shared and then re-posted and shared multiple thousands of times last night, all over Facebook. I realize that it can be shared directly from my page, since I shared it there, but it did upset me seeing that it had been taken and reposted by others without prior permission, even if they did leave the copyright intack. A couple of the pages have updated their original posts with "picture courtesy of Shower of Roses" but still haven't contacted me. I suppose the Holy Spirit may want this picture out there, and I don't have time to get online (with 70 people arriving to our home in a couple hours) so I am trying not to worry about it too much... Thank you to everyone that has commented or emailed to let me know! I appreciate it! Happy All Hallows' Eve!

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  14. QUE LINDO, NOS DAN UN GRAN EJEMPLO, COMO ME GUSTARIA QUE HICIERAN ESO EN MI PAIS, FELICITACIONES , DIOS LOS BENDIGA

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  15. Oh my goodness, how adorable! Someone posted your pic on FB and it led me to your blog. What an awesome Catholic family and amazing Mommy you are! Thanks for the inspiration! -Mary from Ohio

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  16. Congrats!! since México...Love your idea!!..Blessings!!

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  17. AMAZING!!!!!!

    Saying Hi from Mexico!

    Roberto.

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  18. Buena iniciativa.. y si aun no hay esto en sus países... por que no hacer la diferencia y empezar a difundirla?
    Dios los bendiga.

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    1. Good initiative .. if you still do not have this in your countries ... why not make a difference and start to spread it?
      God bless you.

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  19. felicitaciones, desde Argentina, que Dios los bendiga.

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  20. hermoso ejemplo de cristianismo para derrocar al enemigo; que acecha los hogares no simentados en la Fe.

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  21. Abel Huamali (Perú)November 1, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    hermoso ejemplo de cristianismo para derrocar al enemigo; que acecha los hogares no simentados en la Fe.

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  22. MUCHAS FELICIDADES! SOY DE MÉXICO Y ACÁ TAMBIÉN ESTAMOS INICIANDO ESA TRADICIÓN! HERMOSO DIOS LOS BENDICE!

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  23. TENEIS UNOS NIÑOS PRECIOSOS, está claro que las bendiciones de Dios hacen que se tenga siempre recursos para edificar con el ejemplo y la coherencia.
    Le pido a Dios, por vuestra hermosa familia, para que sea siempre un ejemplo.
    Gracias a Dios, por haberos conocido.
    Muchos besos desde Vizcaya- SPAIN

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  24. HERMOSO, QUE ESTA PRACTICA SIGA CRECIENDO POR DOQUIER

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  25. FELICITACIONES Y BENDICIONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GRACIAS MUCHAS GRACIAS POR MARCAR LA DIFERENCIA!!!!!!!!

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  26. You have a beautiful family! Blessings!

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  27. Beautiful costumes, it is noticeable that they are made from high quality and nice theme too!

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  28. These kids are bound to get A LOT of candy. Love the costumes! Better make sure that the neighborhood have prepared for their arrival. Excited for these kids.

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  29. Thank you for posting this. It is very inspiring. Belssings to you and your family specially the little saints.

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  30. Very Beautiful Costume Pictures. Thanks for review and share. Awesome Blog

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  31. i just shared on my facebook. so cute all kids on this dressing

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  32. Wow! Love it!!! So beautiful Jessica! Thank you for sharing. I sent you an email with a special request RE one of your photos. I assume you must be very busy, or maybe it went to your junk mail? Please write me in reply when you can. Thank you & God Bless!
    Jessie

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    1. Yes, we have been out of town on a camping trip until last night. We have a full day today, with tutors and piano lessons, but I'll try and email you back later this afternoon or evening.

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