Tuesday, October 26, 2021

St. Joan of Arc's Annual All Saints Party

Note: Dates above from last year's party! 

Some of our children's favorite childhood memories are the All Hallows' Eve Parties we had at our old parish (up through 2010) and hosted at our old home (from 2011-2017). Since moving to Idaho in October 2018, we've been attending and helping with our parish's annual party. We'll be having our 3rd Annual All Saints Party at the new parish location this Sunday night and my children are all so excited!

I never did get around to sharing the pictures from last year's party so I went through them last night to choose some to share. My camera's battery died towards the end of the evening, and then my cell phone, but I did manage to get some more photos towards the end after a friend loaned me his portable charger. This year I'll make sure to charge those batteries before we leave home! ;)  

Last year Fr. Rapoport took over coordinating the party! (Thank you, Father!!! It's hard enough for some of us moms of large families just to get our children in costumes and to the party!) Father decided to incorporate some Octoberfest themes as well as a Silent Auction to fundraise for our Church Building Fund and it was a huge success.  The Young Adults group baked pretzels, served food/drinks, sold apple cider, and took care of the set-up and tear-down.  The Youth Group teens were in charge of running all the games once they arrived with their families. It worked out really well asking each family to donate a package of brats or hotdogs, candy, and drinks to help with the food and the parish is doing the same this year.


Schedule for the Evening: 

  • 5:00 pm Meal Prayer/Food/Games
  • 6:30pm Litany/Hymns/All Saints Costume Contest
  • 7:00pm Pumpkin Carving Contest
  • 7:30pm All Saints Guessing Jars Contest Announcements
  • 8:00pm Silent Auction Winner Announcements/Bonfire
  • 9:00pm Cleanup

.: Saint Costumes :. 

St. Helena, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Anges + Lamb, St. Rose of Lima, St, Michael the Archangel



 

 


.: Outdoor Games :.






 
 









  



.: Dinner :.





.: Beirgarten :. 





.: Litany of the Saints & Hymns :.




.: Indoor Games :.


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.: Silent Auction :. 

 
 

I didn't get pictures of all the silent auction items... SO many great things! 
 The "Dinner with the Priests" ended up going for $1,000! 



.: Saint Costume Contest :. 



Our St. Agnes ended up winning the costume contest for girls 16 and up (it helped to have a live baby "lamb") and our St. Teresa of Avila took the prize for girls ages 11-15!  

Thankfully Fr. R was judging the older age categories. Some of our younger children were at a disadvantage with their uncle/our pastor choosing for those age groups. ;)  Poor Father had many of the younger children jumping up and down saying, "Pick me, pick me!" He finally told them, "I have to pray on this! I have to pray on this!" 

There were SO many amazing costumes at the party! 



.: Saint-O-Lantern Pumpkin Carvings Contest :.








The three parish priests choose the three winners from all the anonymously carved pumpkins. It's been so long that I can't remember who won... I'm pretty sure St. Joseph and and the Marian carvings took the wins this year, but I could be wrong.




.: All Hallows' Eve Bonfire :. 


“You cannot be half a saint; 
you must be a whole saint or no saint at all.” 
- St. Thérèse of Lisieux

All Saints in Heaven, Ora Pro Nobis! 

5 comments:

  1. OMGosh! What a spectacular event! It looks like there was something for everyone in the family. Your photos are a joy as always, Jessica. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  2. The event looks awesome and God bless y'all for the example you set for your children.

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  3. How wonderful! Thank you for sharing! In the eastern Catholic tradition, our All Saints day is celebrated in May. I’d like to prepare something like this now for an upcoming May event for my parish. It looks like a lot of work, but what a wonderful time!!!

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  4. Such wonderful memories for the children!!

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