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Skeletons and Saints and Sweets, Oh My

Last edited 2nd November 2012

Skeletons and Saints and Sweets, Oh My

Should Catholics celebrate Halloween? Visit this article for a convert's guide to an eerily Catholic Halloween! "Growing up most of the kids I knew from Christian families weren’t allowed to celebrate Halloween. Here are a few thoughts on the meaning of this Catholic celebration (yes, really!) and why it matters."


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Josephine Miller wrote at 2:17am on November 5th 2012
Catholics do not celebrate Halloween! I'm surprised that this article is included in the xt3 newsletter.
Excerpt from Sydney Archdioce .org


All Saints Day - 1 Nov

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
But for Catholics, Halloween was always a pagan festival and it was All Saints Day itself that was important, emerging from the Christian custom where martyrs who died for Christ were remembered on 1st November each year.

For Catholics, All Saints Day or All Hallows Day is an important part of the liturgical calendar and although it arrives the day after Halloween, Halloween itself is not a religious festival and in modern times, is merely the global commercialisation of an ancient Celtic pagan rite.

Rather than celebrate Halloween with its superstitious and even dangerous emphasis on the occult, many Catholics use the day instead to evangelise their faith and explain why All Hallows on 1st November is a joyful time for Christians and has nothing to do with witches, broomsticks, Jack O'Lantern pumpkins and things that go bump in the night.