November 1, 2009 was anything but a typical Saturday at the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Novitiate in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Children from local parishes dressed as our favorite holy men and women and joined us to celebrate All Saints Day. Miniature versions of Saints Maximilian Kolbe, Rita, Patrick, Cecilia, Juan Diego, Monica and many others came marching in one by one. From the laughter at musical chairs to the antics of the donut eating contest, one could certainly say that the festivities were comparable to the continual jubilee in Heaven.

After the children were able to play the various carnival games that the novices and postulants had prepared, we processed toward the chapel, singing “When the Saints Go Marching In,” for a short talk about what it means to be a saint, followed by the Litany of the Saints and a song of thanksgiving to Our Lady.

We give thanks to all the saints for their example and continual