The witness of the saints was brought to life at St. Joseph Church in Hanover November 1, as members of the Hispanic Community portrayed a number of the holy men and women on the feast day.
From toddlers to the elderly, the faithful processed throughout the church prior to Mass, led by Father Michael Rothan, as they chanted the Litany of the Saints. Among them were St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Faustina, Clare of Assisi, saintly popes, St. Juan Diego and several portrayals of the Blessed Mother, including the beloved Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The celebration is a tradition for the community on All Saints Day.
In a bilingual homily during the Mass, celebrated in Spanish, Father Rothan asked the members of the congregation to consider that the person sitting next to them could be a saint someday.
“We have to make a choice for good every day, and it’s those around us who help us make those choices…. Sometimes we mess up. We’re going to have days where we do really, really well and we make good choices, but the next day, we do terrible. But guess what, there’s a next day. We have a God of second chances,” he said. “There is always time for a conversion of heart.”
(Photos by Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness.)
By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness