Alamo church preparing for mass to celebrate Day of the Dead

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For the past month of October, many people all over the Valley have been getting ready to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died.

At Resurrection Catholic Church in Alamo, volunteers have been placing a great amount of detail to remember past generations.

“It’s a very beautiful tradition,” said Virginia Cerón. “We also want to live out the tradition here in the Río Grande Valley.”

Volunteers have been working since the start of October on a very large Día de los Muertos altar, right at the focal point of the church.

Fold by fold, volunteers like Cerón have been creating nearly 8,000 hand-made paper flowers, for the carpet and on all the stairs and backdrop of the altar.

Originally from the state of Veracruz, Cerón says this tradition is close to her and many Mexicans.

“Many times it’s misunderstood,” said Fr. René Ángel, pastor at Resurrection Catholic Church. “We are not praising dead, but recalling those who passed away already and they are in heaven.”

Ángel says the altar is a representation of heaven.

“We can pray with them and they are praying for us,” Ángel said.

Volunteers place pictures of loved ones that have died. Traditionally, families would offer food, clothing and their favorite belongings that they would have enjoyed while alive on earth.

“We are not going to be remembered and that’s one way of somebody to remember us,” Ángel said.

Resurrection Catholic Church says they will be holding a mass on Friday at 4 p.m. in celebration of the Day of the Dead.

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