Thousands Take Part in Live Stations of the Cross
By Margarita Mendoza, Editor El Observador
April 13, 2023
By Margarita Mendoza 
El Observador Editor
AURORA—Hundreds of people met outside Sacred Heart Parish to walk, pray and reflect on the Stations of the Cross on the morning of Good Friday, April 7.  
That morning gathering on Fulton St., where the first live station was set, gained participants at each Station until the crowd numbered in the thousands by the time it reached St. Nicholas Parish, the end of the route.  
Faith — and the event’s planning and organization — prevailed over any challenges posed by the crowd’s size.  
“Lay representatives of the parishes collaborated a lot so that the Stations of the took place, and everything [went] well and safely,” said Sister Maria Ventura Chavez, OpSF, who coordinated the Stations. 
Parishes in Aurora with Hispanic ministry collaborated: Our Lady of Good Counsel, Sacred Heart, St. Joseph, St. Mary, St. Nicholas, St. Peter, St. Rita of Cascia and St. Therese of Jesus. All of these provided at least one Station, and parishioners acted out the roles of Jesus and other figures in the Passion narrative.  
Bishop David Malloy presided over the prayers and was accompanied by one deacon, several parochial vicars and administrators, and many parish pastors. Joining the group were Guillermo Trujillo, Aurora deputy mayor; and Maria Lindsay, deputy chief of staff.  
The event’s prayers were said in both Spanish and English. Msgr. Arquimedes Vallejo, Vicar for Hispanic Ministry and pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Elgin, commented on this bilingual aspect: “It was an experience of faith, a public experience, a sign of unity for all the parishes and even for people who do not practice our faith — and they were participating. It was bilingual and this attracts many young people.” 
At the closing of the Stations, Bishop Malloy expressed his gratitude for all who made the event possible: Mayor Richard Irvin and Aurora Police Department, Aurora priests and religious sisters, and many lay persons. He said, “I hope that with our prayers we can contribute with an example of peace, of unity. We pray for Aurora and all its needs.”  
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