6th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Celebration Set

6th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Celebration Set

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Family altars created by Faith Formation students from Saint John Vianney Parish are displayed at Calvary Cemetery’s Dia de Los Muertos celebration.
Family altars created by Faith Formation students from Saint John Vianney Parish are displayed at Calvary Cemetery’s Dia de Los Muertos celebration.
Family altars created by Faith Formation students from Saint John Vianney Parish are displayed at Calvary Cemetery’s Dia de Los Muertos celebration.

By Kathy Fanger
Parish Outreach Coordinator

 

“The souls of the just are in God’s hand and at peace. The faithful shall abide with God in love.” Wisdom 3:1-3

Are you and your children looking for a unique and memorable way to spend Halloween?
On October 31, 11 am – 3 pm Calvary Catholic Cemetery, with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce-Silicon Valley, will present their 6th Annual Dia de Los Muertos, one of San Jose’s premier events for Day of the Dead celebrations and a favorite amongst the community. More than 1,000 people are expected.

History of Dia de Los Muertos
Mexico’s traditional holiday is a day for reuniting and honoring beloved ancestors, family and friends, according to lore on this day, the living commune with the dead – the veil is lifted between their two realms and they may share a day together. Rather than deny and fear death, this event teaches us to accept and contemplate the meaning of mortality and to celebrate life.

Highlights of the event
A traditional procession will occur by the children’s choir and parishioners of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to Calvary Cemetery. At 11 am, Father Jon Pedigo will lead Opening Prayer and give the history behind this special day of remembrance. The children’s choir will sing spiritual songs.

Performances include Manuel Romero, Capulli Tonalehqueh-an Aztec dance group, Folkorico dance groups including Lincoln High School’s. Altars created by Saint John Vianney Parish Faith Formation students will be displayed. On hand will be organizations, businesses, arts and crafts vendors, face painting, skull decorating, and food for purchase. Children will delight in the free crafts tent, bounce house and trick or treats. We encourage children and adults to dress in costume for the 11:45 am costume parade.
Event sponsors include: Mi Pueblo, El Observador and Sonia Orban-Price.

For more information, contact 650-428-3730 or cemeteryinfo@dsj.org

 

All Souls Day Rosaries & Masses

November 1
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
3 pm: Rosary – Saint Brother Albert Polish Mission
November 2
Calvary Cemetery
11 am: Trilingual (English, Spanish, Portuguese)
2 pm: Vietnamese
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
8:30 am: Vietnamese; 11 am: English
November 7
10:30 am Rosary/Mass: Korean Catholic Community
1:30 pm Oakland Korean Community

Parish Bereavement Ministers’ Training Series
Queen of Apostles Parish-Geary Hall
5 Thursdays: November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10
Make-up session TBD; RSVP by November 4