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November 27, 2020 Update

Dear Parishioners, 

I would like to give you an update on our Project Advance Campaign.  Our Archdiocesan goal is $31,000 and to date we have collected $87,889.  This means that $56,889 will stay at Holy Cross.  As you can well imagine,our parish has lost a significant percent of income due to lower collections, as well as not being able to hold our Annual Golf Tournament, which is one of our major fundraisers.  We hope that through Project Advance we will be able to recover some of these funds and cover some costs of the upgrades we did.  For example, we purchased equipment to allow livestreaming of the weekly Sunday Mass enabling you to “attend and participate in the celebration; in the rectory we replaced some windows, sinks and upgraded the boiler, in the priest’s office we put in soundproofing and a glass door to improve confidentiality and meet safe environment requirements; and in the church basement entrances we replaced both metal doors and the door handles. 

Thank you very much to all who already supported us with their Project Advance contribution. For those of you who would like to be part of this Campaign you can still make a contribution.  Please, remember that the deadline to get a 2020 tax receipt is December 31, 2020

In last weeks’ update, I made a mistake in the Confession times. The correct schedule is:  Tuesdays from 10:00 am till 11:00 am; Thursdays from 3.00 till 4.00 pm and Saturdays from 4.00 pm till 4.45 pm.  

Also, please be advised that our 2021 Sunday Missals have not yet arrived.  The company delivering them has some issues with the printer.  We hope to have them in the beginning of December.  I will keep you posted.  

At this time, Fr. Tomasz and I would like to wish you and your families a most blessed Advent.  May this season remind us that the Lord is coming to us no matter what is happening around us.  May this knowledge be the source of our unquestionable hope, especially in these trying times of dealing with Covid-19. 


Fr. Chris Pastuszka, SDS 

MASS INTENTIONS (Requested by) Nov 30 to Dec 6, 2020

Mon     8:15 am           Spl. Int. Father Konrad Zaborowski, SDS (Alice Tan)

Tues.   8:15 am           +Guillermina Achocoso (Family)

Wed.    8:15 am           ++All Souls in Purgatory (Heidi and David)

Thurs   8:15 am           +Frank Folino (Nick G. and Marisa D.)

Fri.       8:15 am           Spl. Int. Autom Tagsa (Family)

Sat.      9:00 am           Spl. Int. Father Maciej (Diva and John)

Sat       5:00 pm           +Carmela Luongo (Family)

                                    +Robert Anzulovich (Stan and Mirjana Hewitt)

                                    +Claire Darling (Parishioner)

                                    + Cecilia Ho (Parishioner)

                                    +Martha Smillie (Parishioner)

                                    +Aldo Gambin (Parishioner)

                                    ++Giuseppe & Vania Jeremia (Ballan Family)

                                    ++Pius & Maria Cheng (Family)

                                    ++Bernice & Andrew Young (Family)

                                    ++Gianna & Renato Angelini (Family)

                                    +Rick Angelini (Family)

                                    +Matthew Wan (Zoom Family)

                                    ++Giuseppe and Vania Jeremiah (Ballan Family)

                                    Sp. Int: Rob Angelini (Family)

Sun.     8:00 am           Parishioners

Sun.     10:00am          +Gianfranco Nicoletti (May and Don)

                                    ++++Marie & Serge Rousseau and Anna & Janos Pek (Family)

                                    +Isaac Palacios (Ada Folino and family)

                                    Spl. Int. Thanksgiving for Father Chris (Tan Family)

Sun.     12:00 Noon     +Paul Thow (Family)

                                    +Rev. Fr. Vincent D’Souza and Brian Pereira

                                    (Joseph and Edna Iorio)

                                    Spl. Int. May and Michelle Yao (Juliet)

                                    Spl. Int. Adriana Howse and Pozniak Family (Makiko Morelli)

                                    Spl. Int. Thanksgiving for Our Lady of Perpetual Help

                                                (Rasquinha Family)

Sun.     5:00 pm           Parishioners

Suspension of Holy Mass celebrated in Public (November 20, 2020)

Dear Parishioners,

As ordered by Dr. Bonnie Henry and confirmed by the Archbishop of Vancouver, J. Michael Miller, ALL MASSES, whether Sunday or weekday, beginning on Friday, November 20 and until further notice, are to be celebrated without a public congregation.  This directive also applies to other liturgical services as well as social activities and gatherings held in church facilities.

It is important to note that Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms may still be performed, but with restrictions on the number of attendees: “Funerals, weddings and baptisms may proceed with a limited number of people and a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place”.  A maximum of 10 people can be in attendance –  including the officiant.  Receptions associated with funerals, weddings or baptisms are not allowed at any location.

Since the Masses and other activities in all parishes of our Archdiocese have been cancelled, Fr. Tomas and I want to assure you that we will be available for you as follows:

Live Stream Mass:  As usual our Saturday 5.00 website will be available on our parish website: holycross.rcav.org

Mass Intentions:  Fr. Tomas and I are offering Masses every day in our parish church for the intentions that you have requested.

Confessions:  Fr. Tomas will be available for Confessions on Tuesdays from 10:00 am till 11:00 am; Thursdays from 3.00 till 4.00 pm and Saturdays from 4.00 pm till 4.45 pm.  Please come to the church and wait in front of the crying room/adoration chapel, remembering to always maintain the required social distancing from one another.  I, too, will be available for confessions – by appointment only.  You can email me at chris1978Sds@hotmail.com or call me at 604 299 3814 ext.3.

Private prayer and adoration:  Monday – Friday the church will remain open from 10 am to 4 pm to allow a limited number of people to be in the Church at one time.  Please ensure the following:  1) Always make sure that you follow and are mindful of the social distancing regulations.  2) Always leave a distance of two pews behind and in front of someone that has already been seated.  3) Always sanitize your hands before entering the church.   4) Also, never go into the sacristy or sanctuary.  This may sound harsh, but it is necessary to ensure the safety of Fr. Tomas and myself.  5) The Adoration Chapel will also be open with a limit of 2 people at one time.

PLEASE NOTE:  Whether you come for Confession or private prayer in the church – masks are mandatory.

Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation! We will continue to keep you and your families in our daily prayers.

God Bless,
Fr. Chris Pastuszka, SDS

Update November 20, 2020

Dear Parishioners, 

Once again, our project for helping the “Homeless”, was a great success.  The generous response shown by our Parish community and others proved to be most gratifying.  The recipients were very thankful to receive your clean items that were in good reusable condition! These donations were delivered to two Lookout Homeless Shelters:  Belkin House (a 24 hr homeless shelter for women with children), and the Gathering Place (a drop-in community center for the homeless with hrs from 10 am – 8 pm daily).  For good measure, almost all of the new items received were donated to the Door is Open (with service hrs from 9 am – 12 pm weekdays) in the Downtown Eastside.  One can only imagine how appreciative these people were to receive these “gifts” now that the colder weather is settling in.  Thank You!  A special acknowledgment to a parishioner for providing the vans, the clear bags, an assistant, and for being a great help on delivery day.   

As mentioned in last week’s Update, we will be running our annual “Share Christmas” program ONLY UNTIL DECEMBER 06.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are requesting only cash donations (no cheques).  If you would like to help the Sisters assisting the homeless in the Eastside Downtown area, please place your donation in an envelope clearly marked “Share Christmas” and kindly deposit it in the offertory basket in the vestibule of the church before Mass begins.  If you are unable to attend a Sunday Mass, or a morning Mass, you can certainly come to the Parish Office and leave it there.   

I would like to remind you that our parish has purchased a 1 year subscription to Formed.org that will help nourish your spiritual needs.  Formed.org is essentially a Netflix for Catholics.  It is run by the Augustine Institute and provides videos, books and audio talks for children, teens and adults. There is also a faith formation series.  All parishioners will have free unlimited access to this program. I  hope with our current situation, COVID-19, many individuals that are stuck at home and watching Netflix or other streaming services will take advantage of this service as an alternative containing Catholic content. 

Steps to sign up to Formed.org 

  • Go to formed.org/signup 
  • Choose “I belong to a Parish or Organization” 
  • Write Holy Cross Burnaby 
  • Select our parish (make sure it is 1450 Delta Ave, Burnaby) 
  • Register with your name and email address 
  • Check that email account for a link to begin using FORMED 

Please. . .let us all try to stay safe and healthy, by following and maintaining guidelines pertaining to COVID-19.  Let us remain positive and try not to lose faith! 

God Bless, 
Fr. Chris Pastuszka, SDS

MASS INTENTIONS (Requested by) Nov 23 to 29, 2020

Mon    8:15 am        +Gianfranco Nicoletti (Maria and Benito Licastro)

Tues.  8:15 am        +Rosina D’Onofrio (Livia Lazazzera and Family)

                                +Giovanna Mandiello (Family)

Wed.  8:15 am        +Saverio De Bonis (Family)

                                Spl. Int. Catherine Parel (Perla)

Thurs 8:15 am        +Father Bob Astorino (Juliana Lee)

Fri.     8:15 am        +Giuseppe Guttadauro (Giuseppina G.)

Sat.    9:00 am        +Paolo Catania (Wife)

Sat     5:00 pm        +Guillermina Achocoso (Family)

                                ++Maria Lourdes and Silvester Lobo (Joseph and Edna Iorio)

                                +Modesto Iorio (Family)

                                +Augusto Asis (Marigie Colangelo)

                                ++All Souls of the Liberatore and D’Elia Families (Family)

                                +++++Yanol and Jairo Quitian, Reinaldo Quinchia, Miguel Luna and Luz Tamayo (Family)

                                Spl. Int. Zofia Zgudziak (Parishioner)

                                Spl. Int. Iorio and Bell Family (Family)

                                Spl. Int. for Protection of the Snyder, Gomez, Garzon

                                and Rowley Families (Family)

                                Spl. Int. Ruben Rodriguez and Stefany Gomez (Family)

Sun.   8:00 am        Parishioners

Sun.   10:00am       +Giuseppe Ceron (Pierina Ceron)

                                +Sonia Magaton (Pierina Ceron)

                                +Pino Bevacqua (Pierina Ceron)

                                +Ernesta Trevisan (Pierina Ceron)

                                +Luciano Gusola (Franca Yanko)

Sun.   12:00 Noon   Parishioners

Sun.   5:00 pm        +Gianna Angelini (Family)

                                +Raymond Domingo Gumboc (Agnes Nuttall and Family)

                                +Concepcion Origenes Galay (Agnes Nuttall and Family)

                                Spl. Int. A. Gioia (Parishioner)

                                Spl. Int. Francesca (Alba)

                                Spl. Int. Zofia Zgudziak (Parishioner)