The 2015 Saints’ Parade, Museum and Exhibit, hosted by the school, offered visitors of all ages a chance to learn about the lives of the saints; some that are known and others who are unknown. Every class contributed a project such as posters, dioramas, life-sized paper doll saints and even pumpkins decorated as saints!
During the school Mass, the Saints’ Parade introduced the day’s celebration. The students prepared the liturgy and each student introduced their saints before they read their Mass parts. It’s a beautiful celebration where students, teachers and parents all gathered together.
Later in the day, the gym was transformed into a museum as “living statues” quickly became the highlight of the event. The 8th graders dressed up as Saints, such as St. Francis, Blessed Mother Teresa, and many others, while the 7th graders were dressed as the modern day saints from doctors to teachers, police officers, and many more ordinary people doing extraordinary things for others.
Among the guests in the museum and exhibit are pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Fr. Tom Burke, the Redemptorist community including Vice-Provincial Fr. Glen Parker, Fr. Gray, Fr. George, Brother Francis, and Fr. Aldrin.
The living saints in the museum allowed the visitors to envision what the Saints looked like in their time, as well as learn more about each Saint as they walked along and read about each one. Not only did the students enjoy the museum, but many parents, grandparents, and other visitors experienced the transformed gymnasium become a living exhibit with live music to the tune of, “When the Saints Go Marching In” courtesy of three 7th grade students. Many hours of preparation and effort made the museum possible. Mrs. Bilodeau, Religion teacher of Sacred Heart, coordinated this event, making it one that many people will look forward to attending every year.
The day’s event offered many educational opportunities for people of all ages to learn more about different saints and to share their faith as Catholics with others.
Article written by Matthew and Luke, 7th grade students, Sacred Heart Catholic School, New Smyrna Beach