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Dia de Muertos at CCC: Remembering Our Loved Ones

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a rich spiritual experience where CCC comes together to collectively thank God for the lives of those before us and to hold space for each other as we process the loss of our dearly departed. While this tradition has been a part of our multicultural congregational practices for many years, the loss and grief that have coincided with nearly two years of pandemic life have added a sense of heaviness to these celebrations.

We invite you to experience this colorful, reverent, and celebratory season of honoring our loved ones by participating in the many community and liturgical events we have planned:

Decorating CCC and Ofrenda Making | Friday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. : Take part as we adorn the Cathedral’s portico in flor de muerto, “flowers of the dead” and construct our family ofrendas (altars) in the Parish Hall.

Coro Latinoamericano Performance and CCC Ofrenda Celebration at the Eiteljorg Musuem | Saturday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m.: We are delighted to once again take part in the highly renowned Día de Muertos celebration at the Eiteljorg Museum! In addition to hearing our own Coro Latinoamericano perform and viewing our CCC ofrenda, enjoy FREE admission during a day of celebration with performances, art-making, mercado vendors, community groups, and a community-curated art and altar display. Reserve your free tickets here.

Sunday Worship, Photo Collection, and Ofrendas | Sunday, Oct. 31 at 11:30 a.m.: Please bring a copy of your dearly departed loved ones to formation hour so that we may honor them in our community ofrenda display. You may also take part in building your family’s altar in the Parish Hall where we will have sugar skull-making and paper craft activities for children during the celebration.

Community Gathering on the Lawn | Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 5-7 p.m.: The last two years have been a difficult time of loss. And for many who have lost loved ones, our traditional means of celebrating the lives of our loved ones and processing our grief have been muted by the pandemic. We welcome our neighbors and community members of all traditions to bring a copy of a photo of their loved ones to place on our community ofrenda so that we may honor their life and hold space for our neighbors. Members of our staff and clergy look forward to hearing your favorite memories and stories or simply sitting quietly with you as you take a moment to process the loss you have experienced. Apple cider and donuts will be provided as we come together for this reverent celebration of life and community.

Día de los Muertos Service and Reception | Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.: We will gather for our Dia de los Muertos liturgy, which takes place in Spanish, to offer our thanks to God for the lives of those who have come before us, ask that light perpetual shine upon them and with us as we remember them. Directly after, a celebratory reception will be held where we will enjoy tamales and fellowship.

All Saints Parade | Sunday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.: The Saints procession returns to our 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. services for All Saints Sunday! We will honor the everyday saints who have been instruments of God through a tumultuous year. All are welcome but especially the children! Choose a saint meaningful in your life or contact Anne Tordai for suggestions. Rehearsal will be Sunday, Oct. 24 at 11:30 a.m.

Commemoration of All Faithful Departed | Sunday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.: Since the 10th century, the church has set aside a day to commemorate the departed: not those saints with names we pass down through the ages, but the everyday saints in our parishes, in our families, and in our lives. Join us to pray for and remember all the faithful departed. We will pray by name for members of the parish who have died, and for your loved ones, whether they died this year or 20 years ago. We invite you to submit names through the link below. This service will be sung by the Cathedral Choir and will feature music by Spanish-Renaissance composer Tomás Luis de Victoria, among others. Submit the names of your departed loved ones here.