October 31, 2019  |  By:   |  Press Releases  |  

Today more than 350 students from 15 Catholic schools gathered today at Calvary Cemetery & Mortuary in East Los Angeles to learn about the meaning and significance of Día de los Muertos for a Catechetical Day  presented by  Catholic Cemeteries & Mortuaries and the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The students decorated sugar skulls, got their faces painted, crafted paper flowers, and built traditional altars that will be on display this Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Dia de los Muertos community celebration at Calvary Cemetery.  

Photos and videos of the Catechetical Day are available at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13AgQRPgr4FX0h9U6t_3YzVFQBHa34xT5?usp=sharing

Participating schools include: All Saints (El Sereno), Assumption (East LA), Dolores Mission (Boyle Height), Our Lady of Guadalupe (East LA), Our Lady of Miraculous Medal (Montebello), Resurrection (Boyle Heights), Sacred Heart (Lincoln Heights), Santa Isabel (Boyle Heights), Santa Teresita (Boyle Heights), St. Alphonsus (East LA), St. Benedict (Montebello), St. Hilary (Pico Rivera), St. Anthony (East LA), and St. Mary (Boyle Heights).

This Saturday, Nov. 2, the community is invited to remember deceased loved ones at the Día de los Muertos celebration, at Calvary in East LA. The celebration begins at noon with Mass presided by Archbishop José H. Gomez and procession around cemetery to bless traditional altars in honor of the faithful departed. The cultural celebration will include folkloric dancing, exhibits by local artists, activities for children, and live performances by Latin Jazz Pop singer, Nancy Sanchez and Adrian Cruz with Mariachi Zacatecano.

This free celebration offers families a unique opportunity to celebrate a Catholic tradition that unites faith, prayer and cultural heritage to commemorate All Souls Day.

For more details, please visit http://archla.org/diadelosmuertos.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is the largest Archdiocese in the United States with approximately five million Catholics. For the latest news, events and to subscribe for media alerts visit media.la-archdiocese.org. Follow us using @LACatholics on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Video archives and footage of Masses celebrated by Archbishop José H. Gomez are also available.

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