Wednesday, November 2 is All Souls Day in the Catholic Church. It also recognized as the Day of the Dead or "Dia De Los Muertos" in Spanish. We as Catholics believe in the communion of saints or the union of spirits of members of the Church, living and the dead--on earth, in Heaven, and in Purgatory. Thus, we continue to pray for our deceased, especially for those in Purgatory.
In keeping with this tradition, Dia de los Muertos originated centuries ago in Mexico, where it is still widely celebrated to this day. The holiday is a blend of pre-Hispanic indigenous beliefs and Spanish Catholic beliefs.
The St. Rita High School Dia De Los Muertos altar was created by students from our Spanish Club as well as students enrolled in Spanish and Theology classes, under direction from Mrs. Colleen Early and Ms. Socorro Yanez. Most of the items were made by our students. On the altar are prayer cards, papel picado, paper crosses, masks and photo frames to honor deceased loved ones from St. Rita's school community. Staff and faculty also contributed to this project in the spirit of Saint Rita High School’s Augustinian values.
Once the altar was completed, students from the Spanish Club participated, with moderation from Ms. Yanez, in an after-school fiesta, complete with Mexican food from Zacatacos and drink items as well as authentic Mexican sweets.