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Our Lady of Unity School celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Father John Cordes, pastor of Our Lady of Unity Parish in Kansas City, Kansas, blessed “ofrendas” (“offerings”) presented by Our Lady of Unity students on Nov. 2 along the school’s hallways.

Creating ofrendas for “Dia de los Muertos” (“Day of the Dead”) is an annual tradition at Our Lady of Unity.

Each class decorates an altar with artifacts, candles, photographs and religious art to remind them of deceased loved ones.

“Ofrendas” are known for their bright colors, elaborate decor and sentimentality.

Popular in Mexican culture, the offerings are a key part of “Dia de los Muertos,” typically celebrated from Nov. 1-2.

The celebration is held to honor loved ones who have passed away and serves as a reminder to lift them up in prayer.

For a full album of photos, click here.
To learn more about Our Lady of Unity School, visit: olucs.org.
Photos by Jay Soldner

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Moira Cullings

Moira attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park and Benedictine College in Atchison. She majored in marketing, minored in psychology and played center midfield for the women’s soccer team. Moira joined The Leaven staff as a feature writer and social media editor in 2015. After a move to Denver, Moira resumed her full-time position at The Leaven and continues to write and manage its website, social media channels. Her favorite assignment was traveling to the Holy Land to take photos for a group pilgrimage in 2019.

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