Celebrate and remember our dearly departed
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is the traditional Mexican celebration of the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day). It's a time to remember our departed loved ones, recalling that this life is not the end. We are still connected to those who have gone before us.
Join us on Monday, November 2 at 11:00 am at St Michael Cemetery, 3885 East Ave
Procession with incense throughout the cemetery, celebrate Holy Mass and enjoy refreshments after.
Space is limited to 100 people, and the gates will close when we have reached capacity.
Social distancing is mandatory. Face covering for those over age 12 are required.
Bring photos of departed loved ones to place on the remembrance table.
ABOUT DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
Believed to have been celebrated originally in the summer by the Aztecs, when the culture became Catholic, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) was moved to coincide with All Souls and All Saints Days. Catholics have usually celebrated the feast by having family meals at the graves of loved ones, decorating altars of prayer in their homes with pictures of deceased family, and having communal meals with neighbors, friends and family. The essence of Catholic celebration of this feast has been an emphasis on the Communion of Saints, that we are all still connected to each other both in this world and the next.
Another popular activity is painting faces to look like skulls, but it is important to note that the meaning behind this is not the same as Halloween. On Halloween, a skull is meant to be creepy, scary, or funny. For Día de los Muertos, it is actually considered reverent.