Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
April 13, 2009
Students re-enact Christ's passion, death
Stations of the cross move through the streets into Holy Family Church
WCR PHOTO | CHRIS MILLER
The re-enactment was preceded by a march with a cross down Winston Churchill Drive.
Students were dressed in clothing of the period, and realistic props were used. With Taylon Hinch, a Grade 9 student, playing the role of Jesus, the 14 scenes had a noticeable impact on the students. The crucifixion was especially poignant.
“I really liked it. I thought it was done really well with all of the students performing it,” said student Spencer Zee. “It has a better impact on you seeing it than it does reading about it. You actually get a feel for what is happening.”
“Anything visual they tend to remember more,” said Ernie Klita, a teacher for 33 years.
An important responsibility and duty of being a Catholic teacher, he said, is helping students understand the answer to the question, “Why are we here today?”
There is more to attending a Catholic school than Bibles and crucifixes, he said. It is for events like the Way of the Cross, when the students can see a religious play – something they might not otherwise see in a non-Catholic school.
Klita told the students to imagine police officers coming to the school and arresting one of their friends. The students would be shocked, confused. This same stunned disbelief applied to the students’ reaction to Jesus’ crucifixion.
A girl in Grade 7 told him that it was hard to believe that Jesus’ death really happened. Through seeing the stations of the cross firsthand, they were helped to believe, helped to understand.
Father Adam Daniluk, the associate pastor at Holy Family, was available to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation for students who wanted to stay behind during lunchtime.
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