Many students across the diocese, including these from Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Dodge City, dressed as their favorite saint in celebration of All Saints Day.
As students, parents and others filtered through Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Dodge City, they would press a “button” on the saint’s hand, and hear a recitation of a biography of that particular saint. The costumes were colorful and inventive, and the facts of the saint’s life well rehearsed.
“With great joy, we celebrate today the feast of All Saints,” said Pope Benedict Oct. 31. “Visiting a nursery garden, one remains taken aback at the variety of plants and flowers, and spontaneously begins to think of the Creator’s fantasy that made the earth a marvelous garden. These same sentiments come to us when we consider the spectacle of holiness: the world appears to us as a “garden,” where the Spirit of God has sustained with remarkable wonder a multitude of saints, male and female, from every age and social condition, of every tongue, people and culture.
“Each is different from the others, with the uniqueness of their own personality and their own spiritual charism. All, however, were marked by the ‘seal’ of Jesus, the imprint of his love, witnessed upon the Cross. All now are at joy, in a feast without end as, like Jesus, they reached this goal across toil and trial, each one encountering their share of sacrifice to participate in the glory of the resurrection.”