1st November: Feast of All Saints – Let’s Party!

1st November: Feast of All Saints – Let’s Party!

Editor writes…

Since the family in the above video just might inspire some of our bloggers and/or readers to celebrate their own family party to mark the Feast Day, I thought I’d post this thread a little ahead of time for those who would appreciate the ideas and welcome the time to prepare.

As always with Feast Day threads of course, feel free to discuss relevant issues, and to post your favourite hymns, prayers and even jokes of the good clean fun variety.

Here’s one… enjoy!

A young man arrives at the Pearly Gates and St Peter says he has to answer two questions to show that he was paying attention in school, sufficient to achieve a basic education.  The two questions are, (1) which two days of the week begin with “T”?  And (2) how many seconds are there in a year?

The young man thinks for a second and then says, “The two days which begin with ‘T’ are Today and Tomorrow.”  St Peter responds, “Well, that’s not the answer I was expecting but I’ll accept it.  Next – how many seconds in a year?” The young man answers “12”.  St Peter is puzzled and asks him to explain his answer.  “Well, the young man replies, there’s January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd…”  😀

Happy Feast, er, when it comes!

Comments (11)

  • Antoine Bisset

    All good fun.
    A few years ago I wrote to the leaders of all the major Christian denominations in the UK; Cardinals, Moderators and so on. I suggested that All Saints should be celebrated by church bells being rung throughout the land. Some replied with excuses, and some did not reply. It did not happen.

    But the muezzins in Birmingham and elsewhere make the call to prayer on loudspeakers.

    October 31, 2022 at 1:50 pm
    • Josephine

      That is not surprising about the Muslim call to prayer in Birmingham but disgraceful just the same, especially when the churches all refused to ring bells on this wonderful feast. It really is diabolical, what’s going on.

      That is a really lovely family! I imagine the little boy dressed as a pope is meant to be Pius X, not Pope Francis, LOL! He has probably debated whether to be St Francis and got mixed up when his mother asked who he was dressed up as. Kids are comical.

      October 31, 2022 at 3:39 pm
  • Lily

    What a great idea for a family to mark All Saints! That’s imaginative. I hope this idea will spread – it can only help young people to know the faith better and to love it. That’s a fun way to teach about the saints and virtue, as the mother says, and it’s much better than the “Funday” Masses they have in the parishes!

    October 31, 2022 at 4:21 pm
  • editor

    I thought I’d post this joke which really isn’t about saints, but it IS about virtue – and the lack thereof… Enjoy!

    October 31, 2022 at 7:30 pm
  • Nicky

    I agree, that’s an imaginative way to teach children the faith and make them want to copy the saints and be virtuous. Making learning fun can only help! The books the mother recommends look really impressive. It would be great to have a fly-on-the-wall documentary team follow that family to see how they all turn out. Really well, would be my best guess, LOL!

    October 31, 2022 at 11:30 pm
  • Margaret Mary

    Happy Feast to everyone at CTS!

    November 1, 2022 at 8:30 am
  • Fidelis

    The family party is a wonderful idea – what a creative mother and father. After watching the video, I had ideas pop into my head for foods to represent different saints, one being tasty peanut burger, it looks like popcorn, and it is an African snack – one of the African Saints is the famous St Augustine, a bishop. I think it wouldn’t be cheating just to put some popcorn in a dish and pass it off as peanut burger, LOL!

    Happy Feast of All Saints!

    November 1, 2022 at 8:53 am
    • Laura


      I completely agree, the family party is a wonderful idea – and the mum and dad are very creative parents indeed. Well behaved children, too – a lovely family.

      November 1, 2022 at 5:18 pm
  • editor

    Happy Feast of All Saints, everyone!

    I tried to find a favourite hymn online to post here to honour the writings of the great saint Thomas Aquinas whose teachings on the Blessed Sacrament have been put to music. However, O Godhead Hid, one of the popular hymns with which most of us grew up in our parishes in Scotland, is sung to a different tune at the University of YouTube, so I’m posting, instead, the famous and very beautiful Panis Angelicus (Bread of Angels) with translation appended… This was sung regularly in my own parish, led by our choir/organ accompaniment at Holy Communion. Thus, a spirit of truly Catholic devotion and piety was instilled into our souls. The virtue will, hopefully follow, and arrive one of these days! Deo gratias!

    Panis angelicus
    Bread of Angels
    fit panis hominum;
    Is bread for all mankind;
    dat panis coelicus
    that bread of Heaven
    figuris terminum;
    ends symbols
    o res mirabilis!
    O wonder! Miracle!
    Manducat Dominum
    This Body of the Lord will nourish
    pauper, pauper
    even the poorest
    servus et humilis.
    and most lowly servants
    pauper, pauper
    even the poorest
    servus et humilis.
    and most lowly servants

    November 1, 2022 at 10:16 am
  • Laura

    Happy Feast!

    I love this Feast Day because it lets me think about relatives, especially my parents, who I am pretty sure will be in Heaven now, although I also pray for them in case they are still in Purgatory. So, I pray to them today and for them tomorrow and the rest of the month. I hope that’s not the same as hedging your bets LOL!

    November 1, 2022 at 5:17 pm
    • editor


      Snap! I do that all the time – pray to my beloved mother whom I am certain will be in Heaven by now (my father often disagreed with me, so I’m not so sure about him 😀 ) and then I remember to pray for their release from Purgatory – it’s like I’m identifying as the child of saints one minute and then identifying as the child of two terrible sinners the next 😀

      Not really hedging my bets, just securing my place in the identity parade, so to speak 😀

      November 1, 2022 at 9:47 pm

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