Catholic schools told not to hold Halloween parties

Posted at 10/25/2012 2:57 PM | Updated as of 10/25/2012 2:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) urged member schools not to hold Halloween parties.

CEAP president Fr. Greg Banaga said Catholic schools should just teach students the real essence of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, noting that the Catholic church does not teach any secular celebrations, such as Halloween.

“Iwasan natin ang mga ganyang Halloween party kasi hindi naman Christian holidays. Ang dapat nating i-focus ay yung November 1 at November 2,” he told Radio Veritas.

He said All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are the opportunities to “pray for those who departed, those who have gone to other life. Knowing that even if they are not here with us, they are still members of the Church and that there is some bond that unites us with them.”

The CEAP is the national association of Catholic educational institutions in the Philippines. It has a total of 1,252 members across the country.