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Rosie Calderon, playing the part of Mary, washes the face of Tony Bacidore, as Jesus, on Thursday morning during Living Stations of the Cross Passion play in St. Patrick Church, La Salle. The eighth-grade students of Trinity Catholic Academy in La Salle put on the play as they have done for at least 15 years.
With just days before Easter, the eighth-grade students at Trinity Catholic Academy in La Salle spent Thursday morning focusing on the story that preceded the jelly beans, chocolate eggs and bunny. The students performed a Living Stations of the Cross Passion play in St. Patrick Catholic Church, La Salle, depicting the story of Jesus’ Passion from carrying the cross to his crucifixion and eventually to being resurrected three days later. “It’s just an opportunity for them to present the Passion of Christ,” said Deb Myers, an eighth-grade teacher who has been organizing the annual Passion play for 15 years. “It just gives the Easter season more meaning to them.” The Rev. Robert Rayson, pastor, said the Passion play allows the students to further appreciate God’s love as they “immerse themselves in the Lord’s suffering, death and resurrection.” Myers said the play has become a tradition at the school. Eighth-graders always perform and the younger students look forward to being in the play. Some recent Trinity alumni even came back during their high school spring break to view the play. Two former students, Casey Kasprowicz and Catie Calderon, sang during the performance along with the eighth-grade girls. The rest of the school as well as some parents and parishioners attended the Passion play. The eighth-grade students spend about two weeks preparing for the performance and learning about the Passion, Myers said. Tony Bacidore, who played Jesus, said he spent a good deal of time practicing the three times Jesus falls while carrying the cross. Aside from working on his dramatic collapses, he said the performance gave him a better understanding of Jesus and Easter. “This show really proves that Jesus went through a lot of suffering and died for everyone on earth,” Bacidore said.
Matthew Baker can be reached at (815) 223-3206, Ext. 133.
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