On Friday, November 9, Notre Dame Academy students, faculty and staff will make a pilgrimage to Our Lady, Queen of the Most Rosary Cathedral and celebrate Mass in celebration of St. Bakhita with the theme of journey to the Foot of the Cross.
NDA’s pilgrimage tradition started in 2016 as the school celebrated the Year of Mercy at the Cathedral. “Our students loved being able to go to the Cathedral to celebrate Mass with all of its majesty,” Campus Ministry Co-Director Mrs. Faye Smith said. “Some of our students had never been to the Cathedral, it was a very emotional experience for them so we have continued the tradition of an all-school Mass there annually.” Campus ministry chooses a saint each year to focus and learn about before the pilgrimage. It is important that the saint that is chosen is one in which NDA students can see themselves emulate.
Prior to loading the buses for the Cathedral, all homerooms will participate in service projects for those in need. Some of the projects and organizations include:
- Make fleece hats for Food for Thought
- Decorate cookies for Ronald McDonald House
- Make Para cord bracelets for soldiers through Operation Gratitude
- Make rosaries in collaboration with St. Rose Parish to send to the missions in the Philippines
- Help at Maria Early Learning
- Decorate lunch bags for Art for Thought
- Make Christmas cards for the children at Hogar Emmanuel in Honduras
- Several activities to prepare items for the annual NDA Appalachia Christmas Mission trip