Here is the email sent out from the coordinator of the Edge program to parents:
As you may know from reading your religious education schedule, we are planning a traditional Mexican Day of the Dead celebration at Edge this Sunday, November 1. To make our celebration authentic we are asking all Edge participants to do what they would normally do if they were celebrating the Day of the Dead in Mexico -- that is, entice the spirit of a departed loved one to come to them. In Mexico, they do this by offering a favourite food, playing the loved one's favourite music, bringing an object that represents an activity that the loved one enjoyed, for example, if your loved one was an avid golfer, you could bring a golf club and a ball or something similar, perhaps you have an item of clothing or jewelry (not too expensive, please) that was a favourite of the departed loved one's. In addition, we ask that each participant bring a picture of their departed loved one so that we can all celebrate this person's life with them. The purpose of the Day of the Dead is to celebrate the life of the departed after a period of mourning. Since we just studied the beatitude "Blessed are those who mourn," last Sunday, I think it is particularly fitting that we celebrate the Day of the Dead this coming Sunday. Our guest speaker for the evening is Martha Carerra who has celebrated many Days of the Dead at her home in Mexico and has brought the tradition with her to Canada. We are very grateful that she is willing to share this important celebration with us.
When one parent raised objections to the parish priest that this was actually bordering on a seance, he was told that he was blowing things out of proportion and taking things too seriously. Yet he even gave the priest the Catholic teaching on this from the Catholic Catechism:
2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to "unveil" the future. [Cf. Deut 18:10; Jer 29:8] Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.
I'm sorry, but I don't find playing with the occult something that can be taken too seriously. What on earth are they thinking in this church? And who is overseeing this program?
Since September, it seems that many things are coming to light in our Catholic church here that have definitely been lurking in the dark. I pray that all of the things done in the dark will come to the light and be exposed. If God is shaking the tree of the Church here, I pray that He shakes it really hard and all the rotten fruit falls off, leaving just the good fruit to grow.
My blog does not get many readers, but I will try to do what I can to expose the works of darkness. I find it timely that last week, as I drove home from the 40 Days vigil each night, I was listening to the Christian radio station and all week, the topic was curses, how one gets cursed in one's life, and how to get free from a curse. The very first thing that brings a person under a curse is to have anything to do with the occult. So many people think this is totally harmless, from playing with a ouija board to reading horoscopes, to having their fortune read from tarot cards. They have no idea that they are entering right into the realm of Satan, who rules the underworld where all these things come from. This stuff is not harmless in the least, in fact it is playing havoc with many people's minds. And teens are so impressionable, that they get sucked right into it easily.
"Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them." - Ephesians 5:11