‘Saints Manor’ offers Halloween alternative to haunted houses

| October 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Eighth-graders from Holy Spirit School and parish religious education classes will transform the annex of the St. Paul church into “Saints Manor” Sunday, Oct. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The project, in its third year, anticipates the celebration of All Saints Day, Nov. 1. The idea is similar to a haunted house but features living dioramas of saints instead of gory and scary characters, said Christopher Menzhuber, Holy Spirit director of faith formation.

“I’d love to see this become more common around the archdiocese during Halloween,” Menzhuber said.

The students serve as the actors and stagehands. They practice the Friday ­beforehand, set up the “Manor” Saturday and get into costume the morning of the 28th.

The students learn about the saints they portray, Menzhuber said. “Our actors who were playing Padre Pio were ‘Googling’ him as they got dressed in order to find his picture and learn about the stigmata,” he said.

The Italian saint, who died in 1968 at age 81, experienced wounds that corresponded with those suffered by Christ at the crucifixion.

“The students have fun. It brings them together around a wholesome and educational pursuit related to their faith,” Menzhuber said. “It highlights the celebration of the Feast of All Saints, which is a great feast of the Church that is often overshadowed by Halloween in their lives.”

Holy Spirit is located at 515 S. Albert St. The event is free.

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