Sacred Heart College joins the Pilgrim Cross

| September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Pilgrim Cross is a tradition that was instituted by the Catholic Schools’ Office some five years ago. Every year in Johannesburg, Gauteng, there is a Grade 11 Mass to which all the Grade 11s from Catholic schools are invited. In fact, there are so many congregants that the Catholic Schools’ Office holds two Masses for them.

The aim of having such a Mass is to give Catholic schools the opportunity to celebrate their fellowship together, and meet other learners from Catholic schools in a relaxed and spiritual atmosphere. In preparation for this occasion, three crosses do a pilgrimage in the greater Johannesburg area of Gauteng.

The first cross makes its pilgrimage in the Springs, Boksburg and Benoni areas; the second cross starts its pilgrimage in Soweto and makes its way to Edenvale and the three Marist schools; while the third cross makes its rounds in the schools from Florida through to Bryanston. Each school that presents the cross prepares a short service for the handover and provides a tea, where the learners have an opportunity to meet one another and spend a little time together.

Each school hangs their badge on the cross, so that once the cross is presented at the Mass, all present can see the pilgrimage the cross went on. The Mass takes place at the Cathedral of Christ the King in central Johannesburg. The Grade 11s are involved in the Mass through the readings, prayers they say and the offerings they take up to the altar. After the Mass, there is once more an opportunity for the Grade 11s to meet and connect.

This year, in May, ISASA member Sacred Heart College in Observatory, Johannesburg, was one of the schools to take up a Pilgrim Cross in procession. While each school has the cross for a week, it is placed in a prominent place in the school as a reminder of them journeying together on their pilgrimage of faith, and as a symbol of unity of all the Catholic schools in the diocese.

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