Spotlight November 7, 2017

Header for SpotlightNovember 7, 2017

Pilgrims Raise More Than $160,000 for Developing World

Niagara Catholic’s 2017 Annual Pilgrimage raised more than $160,000 for projects in the developing world.

The Pilgrimage took place on October 29 in Grimsby, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne, St. Catharines and Welland.

During the November 7 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Superintendent of Education Ted Farrell shared with Trustees the amounts raised by each school, and the projects they supported:

Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School – $20,000 (a record amount for the school)

Approximately 430 students, staff, and supporters of the Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School Annual Pilgrimage participated in the walk which had the theme of Two Families, One World. This is the 15th year for the BT Pilgrimage, which supports projects in the Dominican Republic.

Denis Morris Catholic High School – $15,000

Approximately 475 pilgrims from Denis Morris Catholic High School walked from the school to Market Square, where they met walkers from Holy Cross and Saint Francis Catholic Secondary Schools for Mass and a walk through the community.

This is the 24th year for Denis Morris’s participation in the Pilgrimage, and their walk was in recognition of Pope Francis’s words “Mercy is not easy … it requires courage.”

The funds raised by the DM Pilgrimage will be shared by L’Ecole Immaculee Conception in Pilate, Haiti, Wells of Hope Projects in the Jalapa region of Guatemala and local charities.

Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School – $10,000

The theme of Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School’s 2017 Pilgrimage was The Future is in the Hands of You and Me.

This year, 200 Raiders walked through the streets of St. Catharines as a school, and as a larger group with students from Denis Morris and Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School to support projects of the Holy Cross Fathers and Sisters in Haiti, including Regina Assumpta Elementary and Secondary Schools and the Holy Cross Elementary School.

Their fundraising also supports housing, food and medical aid for those in need.

Lakeshore Catholic High School – $10,000

The 2017 Gatorwalk had the theme Walk of Champions, and this year, more than 200 Gator staff, students and supporters took part.

The Lakeshore Catholic pilgrims walked through the streets of Port Colborne and along the Friendship Trail, raising money for their brothers and sisters in Dominica. Projects there supported included St. John’s Elementary School, CALLS Alternative Living Centre, the Portsmouth Public Library and CARE distribution Centre.

Notre Dame College School – $38,000

Where it all began! This year marked the 42nd year for the Annual Pilgrimage at Notre Dame College School, and a remarkable 900 students, staff and supporters raised $38,000 for the Annual Pilgrimage.

This year’s theme was Balancing the Scales of Justice, and focused heavily on the Catholic social teachings of solidarity, common good, dignity of the human person, dignity of work and preferential option for the poor.

The Notre Dame Pilgrims walked through the streets of Welland to raise the funds, which will be divided between Development and Peace, Yancana Huasy in Lima, Peru, and the Dominican Canadian Community Development Group.

Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School – $31,000

More than 300 Phoenix were joined by 30 staff and parent pilgrims to walk toward downtown St. Catharines in their Pilgrimage, which had the theme Where is the Love?

The funds raised by the Saint Francis Pilgrimage support Marie Immaculee School and Porte du Ciel Orphanage in Haiti, the Centre d’Esperanza and Fog Quest in Guatemala, and the Dominican Canadian Organic Farming Project in the Dominican Republic.

Saint Michael Catholic High School – $21,000

More than 450 Pilgrims from Saint Michael Catholic High School were joined by students from Saint Paul Catholic High School, walking through the streets of Niagara Falls to support their individual causes.

The theme of the 2017 Pilgrimage was Walk On, with a message to continue to walk the walk, regardless of the challenges in our lives. The funds raised by Saint Michael Catholic High School’s Pilgrimage supports the Hope for Rwanda’s Children Fund.

Saint Paul Catholic High School – $16,000

The Saint Paul Pilgrimage, held in collaboration with Saint Michael Catholic High School, raised $16,000 for projects in Haiti.

This year’s theme was Where is the Love?, and supported students at Ste. Croxi de Milot, in Milot, Haiti.

View photos from the 2016 Pilgrimage here.

Mark Your Calendars

Be sure to mark your calendars for Niagara Catholic’s 2017 Fall Kindergarten Open House and Registration Day on November 22 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. If you or someone you know has a child starting school this year, plan to attend the Open House and join the Niagara Catholic family in September 2018.

Our Catholic secondary school open houses take place between November 21 and 30. Find out why Niagara Catholic has Niagara’s best graduation rate, and one of the top four graduation rates in Ontario by stopping by the open house for the Niagara Catholic secondary school in our community.

Capital Projects Update

During the November 7 Committee of the Whole Meetings, Trustees received an update on capital projects within the Board.

The new St. Martin Catholic Elementary School opened in September 2017, and all that remains to be completed now are deficiency repairs from construction.

Work continues at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Grimsby, where a six classroom/three child-care room addition is under construction. Electrical and plumbing work is ongoing in the areas, and the building is expected to be weather-tight by the end of November.

Good News!

We’ve had an incredible first two months of the school year! If you haven’t done it yet, be sure to check our Good News section of this website to see great stories on the programs and events taking place in our schools. Then check out the In the News section for media coverage of many of these stories, which is accessed through the main page. 

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