Nov. 1-2: USD Celebrates Feast of All Saints, All Souls; Dia de los Muertos

Friday, October 28, 2016

USD will honor the Feast of All Saints (Nov. 1), Feast of All Souls (Nov. 2) at Masses, and Dia de los Muertos (Nov. 1-2) will be honored via an exhibit and talk. This exhibit is from 2012.USD will honor the Feast of All Saints (Nov. 1), Feast of All Souls (Nov. 2) at Masses, and Dia de los Muertos (Nov. 1-2) will be honored via an exhibit and talk. This exhibit is from 2012.

The University of San Diego will recognize and celebrate the Catholic Church’s Feast of All Saints on Tuesday, Nov. 1 and, on Nov. 2, the Feast of All Souls at Masses in Founders Chapel and The Immaculata Church, respectively.

On Nov. 1, on-campus liturgical celebrations for the Feast of All Saints will take place at the 12:15 p.m. Mass in Founders Chapel and at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. in The Immaculata. On Nov. 2, the Feast of All Souls will take place at 12:15 p.m., Founders Chapel and 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. at The Immaculata.

A novena of Masses, for nine consecutive days, will be offered in Founders Chapel at our regularly scheduled liturgies in remembrance of our beloved dead. Everyone is invited to take part in these liturgical expressions.

For those who wish to participate, remembrance cards are available at Founders Chapel or in the University Ministry Office (UC 238). On the reverse side of this card we invite you to name the deceased you would like remembered. During November, the cards will be visible reminders at the Founders Chapel altar of our community’s mindfulness of people who have gone before us. Please return this card to the designated container in the front vestibule of Founders Chapel or the University Ministry Office before Oct. 31. After this date, please place it in the container in front of the altar of Founders Chapel.

Photo on the USD News Center webpage is artwork by Fra Angelico

Day of the Dead Altar and Exhibit 

The University of San Diego will host its annual Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Altar and Exhibit program Nov. 1 and 2 at the Student Life Pavilion Exhibition Hall. 

Dia de los Muertos is a Latin American celebration for the spirits of the dead. The altar exhibit will be on display both days, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The purpose of the altar is to highlight the ever-changing face of “tradition” and the dialogical and transformative role of culture in the public sphere. The USD altar incorporates the artistic, to the spiritual and the journalistic criticism sides of the celebration with artwork from USD students, faculty, and other community members.

Students taking Introduction to Media Studies at the LLC Social Justice have been working on their art projects and reflections about the value of cultural celebrations fostering spaces for dialogue in the public sphere, and are helping to put together the altar for this year.

A special talk will take place on Nov. 1 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. with José González, a Mixtec immigrant from the state of Oaxaca, and member of Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales (Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations), who will share the spiritual traditions of his elders, and will explain the philosophical meaning of death for indigenous cultures in Mexico and other parts of the Americas. Florencia Camacena, a Mixtec language teacher and community representative in Linda Vista, will also participate in the talk.

The USD Mariachi Band will perform following the talk.

Organizers for the altar and exhibit program are Communication Studies Professor Antonieta Mercado, the Communication Studies Department, and students from Comm 130 (Social Justice LLC) with support from the Program in Latin American Studies and the Office of the Provost.

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