Despite rain at the journey’s beginning, our school’s eighth-grade pilgrimage to benefit the God’s Child Project came to pass today.
The kids raised around $5,000 to benefit the program, founded by Bismarck, ND, native, Patrick Atkinson. Atkinson has sacrificed a comfortable American existence to pour his life’s energy into the poverty-stricken people of Guatemala and other areas, and in more recent years, has come to be passionate about eliminating the sad reality of human trafficking that is unfortunately all too common in some parts of the world. If you have a heart for those less fortunate and would like to give monetarily to an organization that is sure to put it to good use, find out more about the God’s Child Project here.
According to Mapquest, the journey from Holy Spirit Church in North Fargo to Sts. Anne & Joachim Church in South Fargo encompasses about ten miles. The pilgrimage began with a recitation of the Rosary at Holy Spirit, then continued onward to Downtown Fargo, where the kids visited 1100 The Flag radio station with Scott Hennen (and even got a little air time).
The kids had a lot of energy and seemed to be enjoying holding up their “Honk if you love Jesus” signs and whooping when they got the desired response.
They took turns carrying the cross, uniting themselves with Christ’s suffering.
The next stop was St. Anthony of Padua Church, where, after another Rosary, everyone enjoyed a reprieve from the walking and a little lunch provided by some of the students’ moms. Then, it was time to continue onward.
Next stop: Church of the Nativity, where the pilgrims were met with gleeful squeals of some of the elementary students at the school which shares the facility. Another Rosary was prayed, and then the longest stretch of the journey began, prompting another break — apples and waters inside a gazebo.
Fall was evident everywhere along the way.
Finally, the home stretch, where Mass took place at the journey’s conclusion.
It was a blessed day!
Have you ever gone on a pilgrimage, and if so, to where?