Our Resident artists spent hours designing and creating masterpiece pumpkins to decorate our lobby. The traditional Jack-O-Lanterns were nowhere to be seen in our artist workshop. The imaginative designers outdid themselves as evidenced by all the inquiries we have received from visitors who want to purchase the decorated pumpkins to take home with them.
On Halloween morning, giggles and howls soon filled our halls as trick-or-treaters from St. Theresa School and St. Thomas School came for a visit. We couldn’t help but smile as we waved to the children dressed in costume. The Great Pumpkin (Fr. Tom Rzepiela) led the children from St. Thomas School into the dining room to join us for lunch. After hot dogs and French fries, we cheered on the designated ‘piñata’ hitters, as they tried to break open the skeleton for the candy prizes.
Up in the Chapel preparations began for the All Hallow’s Eve prayer vigil. Tables set up on either side of the altar were filled with pictures, statues, and relics of saints. These precious items were collected from the Residents, staff and Sisters. At 7:30, Fr. Matt Jamesson, from St. Theresa Parish, led us in a prayer vigil honoring the Saints.
On November 1, All Saints Day, the saints certainly showed up in record numbers, when the children (dressed as their favorite saint) and parents from Our Lady Queen of Peace Homeschooling Group joined us for Mass. We have always known that St. Joseph’ Home was a piece of heaven and it warmed our hearts to see all of the saints come by to confirm that!