'The Way of the Cross' celebrating 10 years with Stephenville, Corner Brook performances

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Involved in this scene from “The Way of the Cross” depicting The Crucifixion include, from left, Stewart MacNeil as Jesus, Dorothy Pike as one of the three women of Jerusalem, and Melvin McCann as Simon. — Submitted photo

Dorothy Pike, only one of two members of the drama team involved in “The Way of the Cross” since its beginning, said the production has strengthened her faith in the Catholic church.

The production is a dramatic, musical presentation depicting The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ that members of St. Stephen’s Parish in Stephenville have been performing for the past nine years.

In addition to the drama crew, a singing group, readers and the parish priest are also involved.

“When you take part in this, it’s a wonderful spiritual experience,” Pike said.

She portrays one of the three women of Jerusalem in the drama and Wanda Griffin, the other member of the drama team who has been around for the full 10 years, plays another one of those women.

In addition to that role, Pike also portrays Veronica in Station 6, where she wipes the face of Jesus with the cloth, which becomes the shroud in which the imprint of the face of Jesus was left.

She said the way people have responded to this drama-musical, with some coming back year after year and others coming from as far away as Cow Head on the Northern Peninsula, gives those involved more motivation every year.

“Some people really get caught up in it. You can hear a pin drop. The only sounds you hear are the voices of the priest, readers and the singers,” she said. “There are times when you look down and see people with tears running down their cheeks, that’s how wrapped up they get in it and they don’t miss a thing.”

Pike said those involved have a wonderful time with it and because there are so many who have been doing it for so long, they’re able to help each other out and new members when they come in.

She has made some really good friends through being involved with this during the years.

“It’s just a wonderful experience and it deepens your faith and now everyone looks forward to it when Lent rolls around each year,” she said.

Pike said when they took the production to Holy Redeemer Church in Corner Brook back in 2011, it was very well received there.

Agnes McCarthy of Corner Brook, who was in Stephenville on three different occasions to see the production believes it was probably through her mentioning it that it ended up coming to Corner Brook that year.

Now she’s excited that it’s returning to the Holy Redeemer Cathedral in Corner Brook again this year and hopes to help out by bringing the posters around to other denominations, just as she did the last time.

“People from other churches have been asking when it would come to Corner Brook again, because it’s good for all denominations,” she said.

Through her involvement with the Food Bank, McCarthy does volunteer work in conjunction with ministers and people of all faiths.

To her “The Way of the Cross” is very uplifting and “does something to the soul and mind.”

“It’s a very inspirational event and I’m looking forward to seeing it here in Corner Brook again,” she said.

That presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Corner Brook on Friday, April 4, while the local presentation at St. Stephen’s Church will take place on Friday, April 11.

As part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations, a social will be held following the Stephenville performance at the Santa Maria Club located on St. Stephen’s Parish grounds.

While there is no charge to attend the event at either location, a freewill offering will be accepted at the end of the production.

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Organizations: Holy Redeemer Church, Holy Redeemer Cathedral, Food Bank Santa Maria Club

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Stephenville, Jerusalem Cow Head

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