Pilgrimage: Walk with Christ
PILGRIMAGE: WALK WITH CHRIST
FACT - We live in the rich North where we have more than enough –food, medicine clothing and housing. Much of our wealth, directly or indirectly, comes to us at the expense of the poor South –3/4 of the people in our world who live on only 20% of the world’s wealth and resources.
FACT - In the Dominican Republic, our Pilgrimage funds are directed to ADESJO (Association for the Development of San Jose de Ocoa) a non-governmental organization nurtured and directed by Fr. Luis Quinn. Our funds have assisted ADESJO in their holistic development by providing all citizens with the dignity of life through building schools, clinics, roads, homes and irrigation systems over the past forty years.
FACT - In Haiti, our Pilgrimage funds support St. Gabriel's Parish in Beau Séjour, Haiti. When an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck Haiti in January 2010, St. Gabriel’s Parish was practically on top of its epicenter and suffered greatly. Our funds will assist in purchasing medical supplies and support the construction of a new school, a new road, and a new rectory.
FACT - In Uganda, our funds support the Catholic Dioceses of Southwestern Uganda, where there are Catholic schools which are in great need of help. Pencils, pens and note books are a luxury for the students in these schools and yet necessary tools in order for them to succeed. In addition there are presently classes of 60-65 students where 4-5 students share one desk. Our funds will be used to support the purchase of such items. The students live in a very rural area and success in school provides the possibility of moving into the urban areas and seeking a post-secondary education.
FACT - To develop the missionary spirit among the young, the Holy Childhood Association is present in schools and parishes in Canada as part of a worldwide network of “Children helping Children”. Through the Pontifical Association of the Holy Childhood of Canada, which is the official charity of the HWCDSB, funds raised by the students in the Pilgrimage are shared with children in mission lands of the developing South.
We try to make a difference by becoming more aware and by walking the extra kilometre to raise funds for development in the Global South.