Sunday, November 3, 2013

All Saints Day party and Catacombs tour!

Tonight we attended the first Catacomb tour that our homeschool group has ever put on. It.was.amazing. I didn't have time to get photos of anything- sigh..hopefully there will be pictures up on the website and I can put up a link. But our family created a St. Peter's fishing pond and the prizes were sacrifice bead kits, with St. Therese medals and who else than St. George (since the boys were St. George and the dragon). The night started off with the Litany of the Saints. The kids lined up and told us who they were, and we followed saying "Pray for us." There were all sorts of games and then the catacomb walk. There were 15 martyrs I believe (around that). They had the tunnel under the school lit up with battery tea lights and a fog machine. Guests were led by a lantern bearing monk. The martyrs talked to each group about who they were and how and why they died.  At the very end, "Fr.Jamey" was saying mass to the Christians in the catacombs. They acted out a short scene for us. It was the coolest thing I had ever seen. The teenagers worked so hard, and should be so proud of themselves. It was perfect!


 Fr. Kapaun made a special visit to see St. Veronica in the catacombs. You can read more about Father Kapaun's cannonization process on that link. He's kind of a big deal around here ;)

© 2013 Photo courtesy of Linda Keiser, used with permission.


The beautiful St. Veronica at her catacomb station.

 © 2013 Photo courtesy of Linda Keiser, used with permission.


Each Catacomb was set up in a similar manner, some had a standing open coffin box, or another way to drape white lacy cloth or linens around the saint. St. Paul had a desk set up with his writings. St. Sebastian, St. Nereus, St. Cecilia, St. Andrew, St. Agnes all had a tomb we visited. 

Fr. Jamey saying mass in the Catacombs for the Christians who were persecuted.

© 2013 Photo courtesy of Mark Marshall, used with permission. 



©  2013 Photo courtesy of Mark Marshall, used with permission.



©  2013 Photo courtesy of Mark Marshall, used with permission.

This was one of the hallways lit up by tea lights. This is St. Andrew's tomb.  Guests were led by a lantern bearing monk around the catacombs, there was Gregorian Chant in the background.

If you want to get a hold of Linda 
or Mark and Susie Marshall for more ideas or photos email me and I will get you in touch with them. They are very helpful. 


2 comments:

  1. Amazing! This is wonderful!! I just joined a homeschool co-op and hope one day we could pull something like this off! ☺️

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    1. You can! Just plan it early, maybe start in August? lol

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