More than 4,000 Niagara Catholic pilgrims will take to the streets in their communities this Sunday, October 30, in Niagara Catholic’s Annual Pilgrimage.
This event brings together students, staff, trustees, parents and supporters of Catholic education in a very visible way, raising money for a variety of programs and projects in developing nations around the world.
We invite our communities to share in this spirit of giving with those less fortunate, by sponsoring a student in one of our participating Catholic elementary or secondary schools, to honk or wave encouragement to pilgrims as you see them walk through the streets, or to say a prayer for the good work they are doing for our brothers and sisters in need. Since the first Pilgrimage was held in 1975, Niagara Catholic has raised more than $6.4 million.
This Pilgrimage is our annual outreach to developing nations and is in addition to the many ways in which our students support those less fortunate in our Niagara communities throughout the year.
2016 Pilgrimage Times and Routes
Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School
The BT Pilgrimage will begin with mass at 9:00 in our gymnasium with Fr. Ronald Angervil from St. Joseph Parish as our celebrant. Following mass, at approximately 10:00 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
Pilgrims will leave DM at 9 a.m. to walk to Market Square. They will follow Glen Morris Drive to Jacobson Avenue, turn right on Jacobson and proceed to Glendale Avenue. From there, they will proceed 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 in celebrating Mass and enjoying lunch, and then the large group will process through downtown before returning to their respective schools at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Raising funds for: Ecole Immaculee Conception in Pilate, Haiti, and Wells of Hope in Guatemala
- Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
Pilgrims will meet at Holy Cross at 7:30am and depart for Market Square at approximately 8:00 am (or shortly thereafter). Mass at Market Square is scheduled to begin at 10:30am. After Mass, we will have lunch and participate in an inner-city walk. We should be all wrapped up downtown by roughly 12:30 pm.
Raising funds for: The Holy Cross Brothers in Thibeau, Haiti
- Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School
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 will depart Saint Francis for the 15-kilometre walk down Lake street toward downtown at 9:30 a.m. and will arrive at Market Square at 10:15 a.m.
Raising funds for: The St. Marc School, run by the Holy Cross Sisters in Haiti, Fogquest in Guatemala and the Dominican Canadian Community Development Group
Lakeshore Catholic High School
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
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 1:00 p.m.
Raising funds for: Development and Peace, Yancana Huasy, and the Dominican Canadian Community Development Group
Saint Michael and Saint Paul Catholic High Schools
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, which 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 and 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