Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
April 28, 2008
Filipino council goes all out for Ephphatha House
Nazareno knights will make stations of the cross an ongoing project
By GLEN ARGAN
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Ferdie Maingat, grand knight, and Orly Damasco, both of Nazareno Council, prepare the ground next to one of the stations of the cross at Ephphatha House.
Moreover, it will also replace the table used to celebrate Mass on top of the hill with a real altar.
"People were very pleased when the project was done," said Vince Reyes, the past grand knight of the seven-year-old council. "They could stand or kneel on the platform."
The idea for the project came when some of the Nazareno knights attended a retreat at Ephphatha House and noticed the uneven ground surrounding the stations. They brought their observations back to the council and the council decided to act.
While some knights, like Maingat and deputy grand knight Manuel Ibasco, are experienced in the construction trades, others, like Reyes, offered more muscle than expertise.
"It gives you some consolation to know that you're contributing something," Reyes said. "It's all for the glory of God."
The project began on a cold, rainy Aug. 17 and the Bobcat quit. It ended with a thanksgiving Mass, potluck lunch and stations of the cross on Sept. 30.
Nazareno Council has been one of Alberta's most active councils since its inception, regularly winning awards at the state convention. But Reyes is especially excited about the Ephphatha project.
"We have done so many worthwhile projects," he said. "This one will top them all."
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