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Group to bring Stations of Cross to life in Mt. Pleasant

| Saturday, April 12, 2014, 12:56 a.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For the Daily Courier
Members of St. Pius and Visitation youth group will be presenting the Live Stations of the Cross at 8 p.m. Good Friday. From left are (standing) Cameron Baird, 10; Jeff Fleck, 11; Jared Patula, 14; Brianna Pritts, 12; Noah Chovanec, 17; Ally Pritts, 16; Adam Patula, 1; Kaylee Farino, 13; Lexi Evon, 14; Emily Sestak, 15; Sylvia Dawson, 12; Dalaina Kenny, 12; Chloe Jaworski, 12; and inside the tomb is Justin Chovanec, 14.

The youth group from Visitation and St. Pius Roman Catholic churches in Mt. Pleasant will present for the second year the Live Stations of the Cross at 8 p.m. Good Friday at St. Pius X Church.

The late evening time was selected for a specific purpose.

“It will be dark outside, so the church will be dark inside,” said Toni Chovanec, coordinator of youth ministry. “There will then be a spotlight on each scene as it happens and no other light. All you will see are the portrayers and it really makes a very passionate presentation.”

The Rev. Rick Kosisko of the Mt. Pleasant Catholic churches said the live performance of the Stations is not only of benefit to those in attendance but also serves as a special spiritual guide for the youth who participate.

“I think that doing this Way of the Cross is a spiritual journey for the youth,” Kosisko said. He said the two churches' youth work well as one ministry group. “It's so nice to see all of our young people working together.”

The Live Stations, which will be presented as “Mary's Way of the Cross,” will be narrated as told through the eyes of the Blessed Mother.

There will be singing between each station as the youth change positions.

“They have to really know what they are doing, as it's all done in the dark,” Chovanec said.

Chovanec said the presentation was well received last year and many people from the church community have already asked about this year's program.

“I love to use the youth to put this on, as it has an impact on them as well,” Chovanec said. “It really gives them something to think about during Holy Week.”

Justin Chovanec, 14, of Norvelt, will portray Jesus. He said the experience is moving.

“It's a very powerful experience,” said Justin Chovanec. “I am almost getting to see it from his perceptive. Getting to experience this is almost like being there at the time.”

The presentation is open to the public.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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