Gr. 9s Visit St. Paul’s Basilica
Photo Credit: Ms. McParland, Ms. Attenborough
Article by: Ms. McParland
On April 26, 2017 grade 9 students taking Religion this semester embarked on a trip to St. Paul’s Basilica. Students delivered donations to Good Shepard and celebrated Mass (Fr. Had them all come.onto the altar during the celebration of the Eucharist). The Basilica’s history is deeply connected to the Irish immigrants who came and were disliked for being Catholic. They needed a place to celebrate Mass. When St. Paul’s Elementary School was built behind the Basilica in the 1960’s they uncovered many bones of human bodies while excavating. During the Irish Potato Famine, Toronto experienced a mass entry of immigrants, and many died and were buried quickly as to not have sickness spread. Sadly, there are no gravestones memorialize the loss of life.
This was an excellent learning experience for all students. Many thanks to all those who were involved in organizing and supervising this excursion!