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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Witness to Faith Cross
Embarks on its Final Journey
Students from 15 secondary schools across the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) will carry the Witness to Faith Cross as it makes it way across the top of the city from Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School (1760 Martin Grove Road) to the Catholic Education Centre (80 Sheppard Avenue East) on Thursday, May 30th. Elementary students from across the Board will line the route as they share in this final journey. (A map of the final journey is attached). The journey will begin at 9 a.m. at Fr. Henry Carr with a prayer service, and conclude around 2:30 p.m. at the CEC with a closing prayer service. Students from 15 secondary schools will be carrying the cross on its final journey.
 
TCDSB embarked on a Journey of Faith in September 2011, with the blessing of the Witness to Faith Cross, which travelled to each and every school across the system throughout two school years.
 
“The journey has been a tangible and visual reminder of our Catholic faith, and provided countless opportunities to celebrate in prayer and reflection at schools and special events throughout the two year pilgrimage,” says Director of Education Bruce Rodrigues. “The Witness to Faith Cross has served as yet another way to strengthen the faith life of our schools and to raise the public profile of Catholic education in Toronto.”
 
The Witness to Faith Cross was created by students and staff from Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School in time for our Year of Witness, the third year in the Board’s three-year pastoral plan focusing on Word, Worship and Witness. The travels of the cross bridged the transition from one pastoral plan to another, as in September 2012 the Board began its celebration of the Year of Faith, the first in our three-year plan focusing on the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity.
 
“Toronto Catholic schools have a proud history of inspiring students through curriculum that is rooted in Gospel values and informed by the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations, helping them to realize their potential and to know what it means to be a discerning believer,” says Chair Ann Andrachuk. “TCDSB schools witness their faith through the many acts of compassion and caring within their local school communities, their neighbourhoods and around the world. The focus on Faith, Hope and Charity supports the goals of the Board’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan with its focus on Living our Catholic Values and Student Achievement and Well-Being.”
 
Closing Ceremony of the Journey of the Cross – Shorter Version
 
 
Closing Ceremony of the Journey of the Cross – Full Version –Divided into 3 parts:
 

 

 
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The Witness to Faith Cross draped with the names of all the schools across the board stands in waiting for its final journey back to the Catholic Education Centre.

 

 

The Fnal Journey Begins, May 30, 2013
Father Henry Carr students begin the walk home

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The cross arrives at the Catholic Education Centre
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