Saturday, December 5, 2015


Hallowtide was so much fun to celebrate this year, especially since it began on a Saturday!

Here's how we celebrated:

All Hallow's Eve {Halloween}

We began the morning by meeting my mother-in-law and nephew at our favorite coffee house, Stories, and indulged in the most scrumptious of pumpkin spice lattes.

Next we were headed to Vala's Pumpkin Patch, an October staple in these parts! Here, we enjoyed seeing many fun animals, a hayrack ride, picking out pumpkins, and even playing in a corn kernel pit!

Family selfie!

Pumpkins galore!

We then headed home to carve pumpkins and roast the seeds with holy salts, all the while listening to Dante's Inferno.

Trick-or-Treating with our little hoodless bumblebee was extra fun!  She knew just what to do, charging ahead to each house and collecting all the candy she could! She has never had so much fun, I'm sure of it! We concluded the candy trek by heading into Adoration at St. Stephen's (right down the street from Grandma's house!) to say a quick prayer and remember the "reason for the season".  Upon arriving back at Grandma's we prayed the Litany of the Saints by candlelight.  A great and appropriate ending to the night!


Our girl!!!

All Hallows' Day {All Saint's Day}

We had a restful All Saint's Day complete with Sunday Mass and audio from Dante's Paradisio.

All Souls' Day

It was particularly important that I celebrate All Souls' Say properly this year.  This year was the first year that I had souls close to me pass -- my beloved grandmother, Carol,  in December and my dear cousin, Michelle, in April.  To truly honor this day, we (along with my mother-in-law) stopped at the Catholic cemetery to pray for our dead as well as the faithful departed as a whole.  After this, we attended the solemn Requiem Mass at the Cathedral.  Carter was kind enough to let me enjoy the Mass, while he took care of a very difficult Felicity. The Mass was so reverent and sorrowful; the priests and deacons wore black vestments, as though in mourning, and the choir was particularly heavenly sounding.  The day was accompanied by listening to Dante's Purgatorio.

The beautiful St. Cecilia's Cathedral.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

1 comment:

  1. I loved every word, sweet sister-in-law! Your name sake cathedral, it's as if your patron saint had knowingly reserved it just for you. Also, that latte DOES look amazing, Felicity is SO young (I'm of course commenting a year after last post...) and I love love that adventurous video, and I remember those holy salted pumpkin seeds, they were awesome on all levels. xo.