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Project Moses comes to Mary Our Queen

By Lisa Schulte
The Catholic Voice

"If you would enter into life, keep the commandments."

The quote from the gospel of Matthew stresses the importance of the 10 laws of God – the Ten Commandments – in the lives of every human being who wants eternal life in heaven.

It is because of this significance that the Knights of Columbus Council 11700 purchased a granite Ten Commandments monument and donated it to Mary Our Queen Parish this fall.

Al Asherin, project coordinator, said the council felt it was important for everyone to be reminded of the importance of the Ten Commandments, especially now when so many Ten Commandments monuments are being removed from public places across the country.

"If you study sociology, you know that without a good, firm, common moral base, the quality of our life deteriorates and I think you can see that happening today," he said.

The rose-colored marble monument at Mary Our Queen displays the Ten Commandments on one side and the beatitudes on the other. It's positioned in front of the school and church entrance so that the commandments can be read as people enter the building and the beatitudes can be seen as they leave.

The monument, which was dedicated at a ceremony Dec. 8, will remind Mary Our Queen students, parishioners and visitors of the importance of following God's laws, said Father Bob English, pastor at Mary Our Queen Parish.

"It shows that we have to stand up for God's laws and since they are taking them out of public places, we have to put them where people can still see them," he said.

The Knights of Columbus raised the $3,000 to purchase and place the monument using funds raised during their Lenten Fish Frys.

"The Knights of Columbus contribute a lot to a parish and this is one of the things they contribute to our parish and it's appreciated," Father English said.

Ten Commandments monuments are being placed all across the country at churches and religious schools by Project Moses, a nonprofit Kansas-based educational organization dedicated to restoring respect for the Ten Commandments.

Joe Worthing, executive director for Project Moses, said one of the first steps to achieve that respect is by the prominent display of the Ten Commandments.

"It tells kids that it's important enough that we place this 150-pound granite monument here permanently as a sign that they are God's laws that govern our lives," Worthing told The Catholic Voice.

Within the last six months, more than 75 monuments have been placed in 17 states, and more than 800 Catholic and Protestant church groups are working on funding for monuments of their own, Worthing said.

In the Archdiocese of Omaha, St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Omaha and St. Mary Parish in Bellevue already have Ten Commandments monuments. The monument at Mary Our Queen is the first one donated by the Knights of Columbus.

"The Knights of Columbus have been instrumental in promoting the Ten Commandments and Project Moses all over the United States," Worthing told those gathered for the monument's dedication. "This is just one of many wonderful things that they do, not only here at your parish, but all over the United States."

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