Catholic High School Pilgrims Put Their Soles To Work For Social Justice

Notre Dame pilgrims walk the route (File photo)

October 28 is pilgrimage Sunday for Catholic high schools across the Niagara Catholic District School Board jurisdiction.

It is now a 43-year tradition that had its start at Welland’s Notre Dame College School, where the first was organized by Rev. James T. Mulligan CSC. (see earlier story elsewhere on the blog)

In a nutshell, the annual pilgrimage promotes solidarity and the common good.

In 2017, the pilgrimages raised $160,000 in support of diverse projects in the developing world.

Here is a rundown of 2018 pilgrimages by the board’s eight secondary schools, with details about times, routes and fundraising.

Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School, Grimsby
The BT Pilgrimage will begin with mass at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium with Father Ronald Angervil as celebrant. Following mass, at approximately 10 a.m., students will proceed west on Livingston Ave. to Casablanca. South on Casablanca to Main St., east on Main to Centennial Park in Grimsby, the halfway point where students will be provided with food and drinks courtesy of Pillar’s grill team. Students will then proceed back down Main St. back to Blessed Trinity.
Raising funds for: A variety of projects in Las Pajas, Dominican Republic

Denis Morris Catholic High School, St. Catharines
Pilgrims will leave DM at 9 a.m. to walk to Market Square. They will follow Glen Morris Drive to Glenridge Avenue, then follow Glenridge to Westchester Avenue, and from Westchester to King Street. They will be joined by students from Holy Cross and Saint Francis Catholic Secondary Schools and celebrate Mass at Market Square with Bishop Gerard Bergie. All three schools will then process through the downtown area, return to Market Square for lunch and then leave from there at approximately 12:30 pm.
Raising funds for: Ecole Immaculee Conception in Pilate, Haiti, and Wells of Hope in Guatemala

Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, St. Catharines
Pilgrims will meet at Holy Cross at 7:30 a.m. and depart for Market Square at approximately 8:00 am (or shortly thereafter). Mass at Market Square is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. After Mass, there will be have lunch and participation in an inner-city walk. Students should be en route back to the school by 12:30 p.m.
Raising funds for: Regina Assumpta elementary and secondary Schools in Cap Haitien, Haiti, Immaculate Conception School in Pilate and Holy Cross Elementary School in Thibeau Haiti

Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School, St. Catharines
Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. for the Saint Francis Pilgrimage, and will be followed by a short prayer service at 8:30 a.m. Pilgrims depart Saint Francis for the 15-kilometre walk down Lake street at 9:30 a.m. to join Holy Cross and Denis Morris for mass at Market Square. This is followed by a downtown loop with all three schools together that moves along King St., Ontario St., St. Paul St., Geneva St., Russell Ave. to Lake St. and back to Market Square for lunch and departure.
Raising funds for: Marie Immaculeé School and Marie Porte-du-Ciel Orphanage, run by the Holy Cross Sisters in Haiti, Fogquest and the Centre for Hope in Guatemala, the Dominican Canadian Community Development Group and various local charities.

Lakeshore Catholic High School, Port Colborne
Registration will take place between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., followed by a prayer service at 9 a.m.
Pilgrims will walk from 10 a.m. – noon from the school on Janet Street to Killaly Street, turning onto Fares Avenue, left on Reuter Road (which becomes Lakeshore Road East), then left onto Lorraine Road and from there onto the Friendship Trail. They will follow the Friendship Trail back to Fares Street, and back to Killaly and to the school.
Raising funds for: A variety of programs for youth and seniors in Dominica

Notre Dame College School, Welland
Notre Dame’s Pilgrimage will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by a prayer service in Dillon Hall. The route will head south along the Welland Canal Trail to Dain City Bridge and return. Mass and Candlelight Liturgy will begin at approximately 1 p.m.
Raising funds for: Development and Peace, Yancana Huasy in Peru, and the Dominican Canadian Community Development Group

Saint Michael and Saint Paul Catholic High Schools, Niagara Falls
Once again, Saint Michael and Saint Paul Catholic High Schools will walk in together in Niagara Falls. This year’s Pilgrimage is hosted by Saint Paul Catholic High School. It will begin at 10:15 a.m., immediately after Mass at Saint Paul. Pilgrims will walk south on Dorchester Road to Lundy’s Lane, to Montrose Road, north to Thorold Stone Road, then east to Dorchester Road, back to Saint Paul.
Saint Michael is raising funds for: Hope for Rwanda Children’s Fund
Saint Paul is raising funds for: The Immaculate Conception School in Haiti.

(Source: Niagara Catholic District School Board news release)

Post-pilgrimage Mass and candlelight liturgy at Notre Dame’s Dillon Hall. (File photos/Joe Barkovich)

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