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It could be argued that mothers are the glue that holds a family together. A cemetery in Avondale will honor all mothers and grandmothers, including those who have passed on Thursday, May 10. Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery and Funeral Home will celebrate its 2nd annual Mexican Mother’s Day event with food, flowers and prayer.

Sounds from last year’s inaugural celebration

“On Mexican Mother’s Day, we usually see many people visiting their mothers’ graves. We wanted to do something special for those guests by having a mariachi serenade, refreshments and activities for the kids that help celebrate the life of their loved one,” explained Patricia Rodriguez, Cemetery Manager at Holy Cross. “In the Hispanic culture, the celebration of life is especially important; we keep the spirit alive of those who have passed on.”

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Families are invited to gather at the funeral home chapel for a bilingual Mass at 3 p.m. followed by family friendly activities from 4-6 p.m. including music from a mariachi band, children’s performances, kids’ craft table, traditional Mexican pastries and complimentary flowers to place on gravesites and give to mothers.

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Rodriquez continued, “The best part of having such an event is that it strengthens the bond between family members and gives children an opportunity to learn about the Hispanic culture. Last year was a big success, and we hope to see more people join in the celebration this year. This event is a great way to bring the community together to celebrate all the women in our lives.”