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.
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:
Ofrenda Photo Callout | Now through Oct. 30 : Love ties us to our loved ones, even through death. We celebrate this love at our annual Day of the Dead celebration. If you would like to include a picture or momento of a loved one (person or pet!) who has died, please bring them on Oct. 30 or email them to Anne Tordai (email@example.com) by Oct. 27. Photos will be displayed in the Parish Hall on Oct. 30.
Decorating CCC and Ofrenda Making | Friday, Oct. 28 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. 29 at 3 p.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.
Sunday Worship, Photo Collection, and Ofrendas | Sunday, Oct. 30 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 | Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 5-7 p.m.: 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 Muertos Service and Reception | Wednesday, 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. 6 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.: We are all called to be saints and to use the gifts God has given us to help others. Our annual children’s procession highlights those who God has used in extraordinary ways. Feel free to help your child choose a saint that is especially meaningful to your family or a saint can be suggested. Choose a saint meaningful in your life or contact Anne Tordai for suggestions. Rehearsal will be Sunday, Oct. 30 at 11:30 a.m.
Commemoration of All Faithful Departed | Sunday, Nov. 6 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.