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By The Tribune
Niagara Catholic District School Board’s director of education John Crocco is hoping people will be very generous with donations this year as up to 7,000 students from eight high schools take part in the 42nd annual pilgrimage Sunday.
While the various groups and organizations in countries like Rwanda, Haiti, Peru, Guatemala Dominica and the Dominican Republic rely on the funds raised each year, the need is especially great in the Caribbean nations, Crocco said.
Haiti, Dominica and the Dominican Republic were hit hard by hurricanes earlier this fall, he said.
“We want to provide every bit of assistance we can to our brothers and sisters in need in those countries.”
This year marks the 31st time Crocco, a former Lakeshore Catholic High School principal, has taken part in the pilgrimage, which occurs on the last Sunday of October.
“Students could choose to stay at home, but they come out in nice weather and the rain … we’ve even walked in the snow before.”
The pilgrimage, which raises awareness of, and funds for, various social justice programs, also sees school staff, trustees, family members, Catholic school supporters and Grade 8 students come out to walk between 10 and 18 kilometres.
It’s also the culmination of year-long fundraising events.
Last year the pilgrimage raised $150,000 and has raised nearly $7 million over the last 41 years.
“We’re very proud of our students and staff,” said Crocco, who travelled with students to help out in Dominica and Grenada when he was at Lakeshore.
The pilgrimage was first started in 1975 by Father James Mulligan at Notre Dame College School in Welland and expanded to include all eight Catholic high schools over the years.
“The schools have long-standing relationships with many of the organizations and groups in the different countries, they’ve formed close bonds with the people,” said Crocco. “They count on the pilgrimage every year.”
2017 Pilgrimage Times and Routes
Notre Dame College School
Notre Dame’s Pilgrimage 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.
Lakeshore Catholic High School
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.
Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School
Starting at 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.
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 and celebrate Mass at Market Square. 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 p.m.
Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
Pilgrims will meet at Holy Cross at 7:30 a.m .and depart for Market Square at approximately 8 am (or shortly thereafter). Mass at Market Square is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. After Mass, we will have lunch and participate in an inner‐city walk. Students should be en route back to the school by 12:30 p.m.
Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School
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.
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 Michael Catholic High School. Pilgrims will walk beginning at approximately 10:15 a.m. and will proceed east on McLeod Rd., North on Kalar Rd., east on Lundy’s Lane to the Millenium Trail, north on Millenium Trail looping around and proceeding south on Dorchester, west on Lundy’s Lane, South on Kalar Rd., and then west on McLeod Rd. back to the school.