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Phitsanulok, Thailand. October 31,2014 - What started out as a plan for a Halloween Costume Party turned out into a more significant and symbolic Rosary Month culmination as Saint Nicholas Church Foreign Community (SNCFC) members - children and adults alike, showed up in their saintly garments.

"This is our own little way to respond to the call of the Vatican to reverse the culture of Halloween and promote the lives of the saints which is really the essence of the celebration. We hope that through this little but sincere effort we can inspire others especially the next generation to follow suit and opt to celebrate this event meaningfully" Letty Comeros, President of Saint Nicholas Church Foreign Community (SNCFC), said. 

SNCFC. The angels and the saints of Phitsanulok, Thailand

Family of Saints

John Patrick and Mary Joy Benliro with their two year old daughter Louresse, who succesfully completed the 31-day rosary, dressed themselves as Saint John - the Baptist, St. Dorothy Cesaria - the martyr of Deocletianic Persecution and Saint Agnes - the patron saint of chastity, gardeners, girls, engaged couples, rape victims, and virgins, respectively.

"I feel happy and accomplished for having completed the entire rosary month which was really our goal from the very start and to end it with this kind of activity is even more rewarding because Louresse, as early as now, starts to get acquainted with the lives of saints instead of scary creatures such as vampires, zombies and others. We look forward to joining another activity like this in the future." said Joy Benliro, also one of the prayer leaders in the nightly rosary. 

Rosary Month

The month of October is dedicated as the month of Holy Rosary and as has been a tradition in the Philippines, the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary was welcomed in every household of the SNCFC members in Phitsanulok and has reached as far as Uttaradit which is 2 hours away from the city, for the whole month.  

The daily evening prayer gathering was also a chance for the community members to share prayers, news bits, and Filipino dishes.  

Little Saints

Aside from Louresse, there were also three other little version of saints. Therese Angelie Canete was Little Saint Therese, her brother Louie Mari Paulinos Canete was Little Pedro Calungsod while Samantha Canete was dressed up as Little Philomena

Little Saints. Angel, Louresse, Louie and Sam.

The Author. Saint Lorenzo Ruiz with the little saints


Adult Saints

Meanwhile, the adults were also in for the "holyween party".  Belle Canuos was Saint Joan of Arc, Josie Canete was Saint Monica, Fe Doysabas - Saint Faith, Bambie Dalida - Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Venus Bulay-og - Saint Valentine, Christian Camo - Saint Joseph, Danilo Ocapan - Saint Andrew, Cenes Camporedondo - Saint Magdalene and Beverly Como was Saint Claire of Asisi. Both Cheryl Siapoc and Cherrilyn Mahipos personified Saint Maria Goretti, Lunaria couple - Art and Maricel were Saint Isidore Labrador and Saint Cecilia while James and Maris Canete were Saint Jude and Saint Veronica.  


Best Dressed. The best dressed saints of the night.

Happy. The happy smiles of the saints on parade.

"It was a refreshing activity about the martyrs and confessors we don't normally talk about. It gave us a chance to know about them and be amazed at how great their love for God is. It was also a great opportunity for the community members to have fun and develop closer relationship with others while showcasing their creativity through their costumes. We learned more about other saints as well," said Ms. Leah Doysabas, one of the community leaders who also dressed up as Saint Rosalia, the Patron Saint of Palermo.  

24 comments:

  1. I do remember back in grade school, every October, we'd celebrate the month of rosary by praying it every period. On the culminating day, we'd have a special program about it. Awww.those good ol' days.

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    1. Living in the countryside as a child, October is an exciting month because we would be leading the rosary every night then after that, gorge the snacks prepared by the host households.

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  2. Wow! I love the idea.. I love what you all did! It's all Halloween here.... unfortunately

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    1. It's actually a learning experience for me as an adult as I've get to learn the life of St. Lorenzo whom I represented during this event.

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  3. wow!I love this...they are all looking great in this dress.Nice one.

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    1. It brought out the creativity of everyone.

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  4. Halloween has been so commercial with the celebration and the trick and treats. We should focus more on honoring souls and saint on this day.

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    1. It's about time to change the notion that it is not at all like that.

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    2. This is a big step in changing that notion. Kids would really adopt well with the costumed saints and figures.

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    3. And hopefully, it will also become an annual trend...

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  5. Speaking, holloween is not a so much celebrated event in our country. It would be nice to see each house with a holloween decoration. I know little of saints too, poor me.

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    1. Well, Teri...it's not too late to know one. You can start now. :)

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  6. Wearing saints for Halloween is a nice idea. I miss doing this kind of activities.

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    1. Getting to know a saint and the story behind the sainthood is also awakening and inspiring.

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  7. I'm fascinated by the stories behind Saints. Becoming Saints for Halloween instead of witches/vampires and other ghoulies is a great idea!

    Beth

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  8. You brought back memories of my childhood days on Catholic School. We observed all the saints holidays and special prayers. I miss some of it.

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  9. This is interesting. You have a different way to celebrate Halloween compared to many countries wearing spooky costumes.

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  10. I like this idea, Holyween. I hope this spreads to other Catholic groups to recognize the saints who gave their lives up for our faith.

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  11. I can't believe I did wear those stuff. But you know what? It was also nice to be a saint even for a night. Thanks for making a post about the activity we had, sir.

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  12. Say, now that reminds me of my grade school (and even high school) days where at one particular day (or even few) in October, we will do the Rosary crusade at the quadrangle.

    It's nice to know that such tradition like we have in the Philippines can be really evident out there in Thailand. Nicely done, and keep the faith.

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  13. Say, now that reminds me of my grade school (and even high school) days where at one particular day (or even few) in October, we will do the Rosary crusade at the quadrangle.

    It's nice to know that such tradition like we have in the Philippines can be really evident out there in Thailand. Nicely done, and keep the faith.

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  14. With my age, I think that long walk would really take its toll on me- not too fit nowadays (need to exercise)! Congrats for reaching your objective.Nice way to celebrate Halloween- the kids looked like they're really having fun:)

    JeniG of Kalikotpepot

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  15. Great post! I think it is so important to teach our youth the importance behind holidays. I will admit I didn't know the story behind Halloween myself. I just know in America they turn everything into a market to make money and we miss the meaning behind what we are celebrating. Looks like everyone had a great time in the process of learning.

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  16. The little saints look adorable. This made me remember my elementary days when we would be assigned a saint to get to know of. I miss those days.

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