‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me’ (Matthew 25:35-36)
Pilgrimage has been taking place every year for over 27 years on the last Sunday in October, in unity with all other Catholic high schools within the Niagara Catholic District School Board. Pilgrimage is a prayerful journey and a sacred walk which involves sacrifice and personal self-fulfillment. It is one way our faith is put into action.
Based upon Matthew 25:35-36 and inspired by the late Ted van der Zalm Sr., Father Kenneth Burns, and Father Denis Warburton, the Holy Cross Pilgrimage is an annual social justice project that raises funds to contribute to those communities throughout the third world that are suffering. So far, Holy Cross Catholic High School and its supporters have raised over $850,000 for Haiti, the poorest country in the western Hemisphere.
The yearly donations are given to the Fathers and Sisters of Holy Cross which is an international order of the Catholic faith which has dedicated itself to the betterment of Haiti. The building of schools, orphanages and life giving infrastructure in Haiti has helped to educate thousands of young children, sustain communities, and offer life giving assistance in times of need. Our mission every year is to educate our students about the poverty in Haiti and to raise funds so Haitians can have a better life.