Update February 12, 2021

Dear Parishioners,  

It is somewhat hard to believe that we are in the middle of February, which means to me . . . looking forward to the spring season.  However, with this cold snap that we are now experiencing, spring weather may take a bit longer to appear. 

However, one season that we will definitely be experiencing is Lent.  As we are approaching this time of year, we want to use this period to spiritually prepare for Easter, which is the greatest celebration in the Catholic Church.  I am passing along a great tool that would enhance and broaden your knowledge and vision for your preparation:   


I believe that formed.org could be a great help as you walk through your Lenten journey.  It provides videos, books and audio talks for children, teens and adults. There is also a faith formation series.  I would especially encourage you to sign up for Lenten Daily Reflections with Dr. Tim Gray formed.org/lent 

 With the Parish Council we made a decision to subscribe to formed.org for another year. All parishioners will have free unlimited access to this program.  

Steps to sign up to Formed.org 

  • Go to formed.org/signup 
  • Choose “I belong to a Parish or Organization” 
  • Enter or 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 for you to begin using FORMED 


During Lent, Confession will be available from 4:00-4:45pm on Saturdays in the Adoration Chapel.  You may also schedule an appointment with Fr. Tomas at tstaruzyk@rcav.org or 604-299-3814 ext. 4.  

Ash Wednesday  (February 17)

This year, the distribution of ashes will be done with Q-Tips and offered at 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The procedure followed will be done in the same manner as for receiving Communion on Sundays. . .YOU MUST REGISTER on our Website (this registration will be available after Sunday, February 14).  To avoid any confusion, registration for Holy Communion on Sunday, February 21 will be available after Ash Wednesday.  

Adoration Chapel 

Starting on Ash Wednesday (February 17), the Adoration Chapel will be open for private prayer with the limited number of 4 people in the Chapel. The FRONT DOOR will remain open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.    

Family Day

The Parish Office will be closed on Monday February 15th for Family Day.

Fr. Chris Pastuszka, SDS 


MASS INTENTIONS (Requested by) Feb 15 to 21, 2021

Mon     9:00 am            +Giuseppe Guttadauro (Giuseppina G.)

Tues.    8:15 am            +Sam Buonassisi (Diva and John)

Wed.    8:15 am            +Michellina Tinaburri (Mary De Fazio)

7:30 pm +Anna Garcea

Thurs   8:15 am            Parishioners

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

Sat.      9:00 am            +Rina Tinaburri (Buonassisi Family)

Sat       5:00 pm            +Fernando Di Cesare (Family)

                                    +Michael D’Mello (Olga Hoffman)

                                    +Carmela Bavaro (Vikky Levan)

                                    +Albert Pastrana (Cristina)

                                    +Joe Yamauchi (Giuseppina G.)

                                    ++Roy and Anton Brown (Carmine and Makiko)

                                    ++Reiko and Tetsumi Yamazaki (Carmine and Makiko)

                                    +Michellina Tinaburri (Ada and Family)

                                    ++Bernadette Banez and Leonides Parel (Perla

                                    Spl. Int. Theresa Gazzola (Family)

                                    Spl. Int. Thank you St. Rita for favor received (Rena R. and Family)

                                    Spl. Int. Nicole Pek (Giuseppina G.)

                                    Spl. Int. Lanny Hui (Cristina)

Sun.     8:00 am            ++Rosa and Michael Angelo Iorio (Family)

                                    +Modesto Iorio (Iorio Family)

                                    ++Deceased Members of Santagiuliana Family (Family)

                                    Spl. Int. Iorio and Bell Families (Family)

                                    +Joe Yamauchi (Sigurnjak Family)

Sun.     10:00am           +Carmela Bavaro (Raymond and Rosina Smith)

                                    +Dan Boyd (Vikky and John Levan)

                                    +Antonio Danao (Family)

                                    Spl. Int. Ross Greco (Vikky Levan)

 Sun.    12:00 Noon       +Assunta D’Alfonso (Angelina)

                                    +Albert Pastrana (Cristina)

                                    +Cecelia Cantero-Pastrana (Cristina)

                                    Spl. Int. Apiro Parel (Perla)

                                    Spl. Int. Franca Zumpano (Family)

Sun.     5:00pm             +Adolfo Ortiz Junior (Family)

                                    +Livio Penco (Andrea and Peter B.)

                                    +Doreen Bemister (Adriana and Stefano Fogale)

                                    Spl. Int. Conrad Pereira

Update February 5, 2021

Dear Parishioners

Since the pandemic has prevented us meeting and gathering at the church, some parishioners of the Holy Cross Community have met on the Zoom platform. Currently, they are attending the program called Mass Readings Explained by Dr. Brant Petrie who does a thorough commentary on the upcoming Sunday Readings. The weekly topics are not cumulative, (unlike typical bible studies), so the participants need not commit to every session. 

The group starts with opening prayer, then they watch the video and commentary by Dr. Petrie, then they listen to some inspirational music by one of our parishioners, and then they discuss the video by going into break out rooms for about 25 minutes. Two facilitators lead this discussion and parishioners ask questions, provide comments, share stories, or just simply listen to the discussion. Then all participants are brought back into the main room, where other information is shared and then the session is concluded with a closing prayer and a final blessing from our Assistant Pastor Fr. Tomasz.  

The meeting is held every Thursday night from 7:30 to 9:00pm. If you would like to join, please send your email address to Makiko Morelli mymorelli@hotmail.com. You will then receive a link and other details on how to join this program. For further information, you can contact Carmine Morelli at cmorelli@telus.net

Another recent initiative of Holy Cross was to record a video showing Eucharistic Adoration and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. This project was the result of a vision from one of our parishioners who misses going to the Friday night Divine Mercy Mass and Adoration at our parish on Friday nights due to COVID-19. The main celebrant is Fr. Tomasz and the video has been uploaded on YouTube. The link is: 

Holy Cross Parish Burnaby Eucharistic Adoration and Chaplet of Divine Mercy

You can watch this video and pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in front of the Blessed Sacrament any time you wish. Another option is to join our parishioners in prayer on Zoom on the 2nd and the 4th Friday of each month. Please email Makiko Morelli mymorelli@hotmail.com and you will receive the link and other details on how to join this opportunity to pray alongside your fellow parishioners. This program is about 30 minutes long.  


Fr. Chris 

MASS INTENTIONS (Requested by) Feb 8 to 14, 2021

Mon     8:15 am            +Antonio Patano (Family)

Tues.    8:15 am            Parishioners

Wed.    8:15 am            Spl. Int. Olivia and Salud Migrino (Family)

Thurs   8:15 am            +++++Giovanni, Agnese, Cecilia, Giuseppe and Vania Jeremiah (Udovich Family)

Fri.       8:15 am            ++Nicola and Angelina Folino (Marisa D. and Nick G.)

Sat.      9:00 am            +Kathleen Erickson (Buonassisi Family)

Sat       5:00 pm            ++Anna Patano and Antonio Troiani (Family)

                                    +Carol Piovesan Senior (Family)

                                    +Carmela Bavaro (Vikky Levan)

                                    +Dolores Wallace (John and Jackie)

                                    +Charlotte Da Silva (Lucille S.)

                                    +Aubrey Blake (Lucille S.)

                                    +Beningno Tayamen (Joey and Jeniffer)

                                    +Diego Jun Cantero Junior (Cristina)

                                    +Bob Ruggles (Gordon and Susan Malcolm)

                                    +Livio Penco (Carmine and Makiko)

                                    Joe Yamauchi (Jeanette Buonassisi)

                                    Spl. Int. Melanie Garzon Horta and Family (Snyder and Garzon Gomez Family)

Sun.     8:00 am            ++Paolo and Alessandro Peretto (Family)

                                    +Elvine Kelly (Adriana and Stefano Fogale)

                                    +Rina Tinaburri (Adriana and Stefano Fogale)

                                    +Albert Pastrana (Cristina)

Sun.     10:00am           ++Tony and Mary Tomljenovich (Isbister Family)

                                    +Carmela Bavaro (Tues Night Bible Study Group)

                                    +Audie Pastrana (Cristina)

                                    +Joe Yamauchi (Mary Wilkerson and Family)

                                    +Sam Zumpano (Family)

                                    +Fred Di Spirito (Family)

 Sun.    12:00 Noon       +Joseph Araneta (Alfonso Family)

                                    +Matthew Wan (Alfonso Family)

                                    Spl. Int. Sunita Alfonso & Luke McQuillan (Alfonso Family)

                                    Spl. Int. Dino Alberti and the Holy Cross School Community (Snyder and Garzon Gomez Family)

Sun.     5:00pm             +Stanley D’Costa (Andrea and Peter B.)

                                    Spl. Int. Fr. Chris, Fr. Tomasz, Fr. Martin Brain and Fr. Maciej and the Holy Cross Parish Community (Snyder and Garzon Gomez Family)

                                    Spl. Int. Carmine and Adeline Garcea on their 50th Wedding Anniversary (Dave and Dorothy)

                                    Spl. Int. Mark Suezo (Lanny and Danny)

Update January 28, 2021

Dear Parishioners, 

I would like to talk about Project Advance “2020” and thank you for your generous response to it!  We collected $110,949.  Since our archdiocesan goal was lowered for this year, $74,280 stays in our parish.   

With these funds we are now able to recover some of the income we lost due to Covid-19 and to cover some costs of the upgrades we did:  the purchasing of equipment to allow livestreaming of weekly Sunday Mass; the rectory (replacing some windows, sinks and the boiler); priest’s office (soundproofing of the wall to improve confidentiality and a glass door to meet safe environment requirements); and the church basement entrances (replaced both metal doors and the door handles).  In addition, as we have been doing for the past few years, we hope to put some of these funds towards the future rebuilding of our elementary school.  We hope to have this project finalized within the next ten years. 

This week on Sunday, the Communion Service will be in our church.  However, besides this service, the church still remains COMPLETELY CLOSED due to ongoing renovations. During this time Confessions will be only by appointment.  Please contact Fr. Tomas at tstaruzyk@rcav.org or 604-299-3814 ext. 4.  

Sunday January 31 from 11.00 am -12.00 pm will be the last chance to bring your donations for our annual “Baby Shower”.  This event is sponsored by Birthright, the Crisis Pregnancy Centre of Vancouver and the Knights of Columbus.  We are looking for new or gently used infant clothing (to 2 yrs; diaper sizes 3, 4 & 5) and supplies (except for:  furniture, car seats, strollers & big toys) for pregnant women and new mothers in distress.  You can drop off these items in a designated place under the canopy of the church.  


Fr. Chris Pastuszka, SDS 


MASS INTENTIONS (Requested by) Feb 1 to 7, 2021

Mon     8:15 am            +Rina Tinaburri (Rosina and Jack Massullo)

Tues.    8:15 am            +Lucy Chow (Thomas and Gorutti and Simon)

Wed.    8:15 am            +John Van Essen (Family)

Thurs   8:15 am            Spl. Int. Lourdes Realina (Lourdes)

Fri.       8:15 am            ++Maria and Salvatore Gentile (Marisa D. and Nick G.)

Sat.      9:00 am            Spl. Int. Fernando Realina (Lourdes)

Sat       5:00 pm            +Batista Bosa (Umberto Turrin)

                                    +Bruno Bresolin (Umberto Turrin)

                                    +Carmela Bavaro (Andrea and Peter B.)

                                    +Christine Gorman (Dave and Dorothy)

                                    +Michael D’Mello (Joy MacFarlane)

                                    +Leo Albo (Lucille S.)

                                    +Danielle Landingin (Gazzola Family)

                                    +Rex Burgos (Cristina)

                                    +Fidel Shane Burgos (Cristina)

                                    +Nicole Porciello (Franca Z.)

                                    Spl. Int. Sarah Divinagracia-Boyd (Cristina)

                                    Spl. Int. for Bereaved Members of Burgos, Cantero and Pastrana

                                           Families (Cristina)

Sun.     8:00 am            +Luigi Mezzomo (Family)

                                    +Olivo Bortolazzo (Ivania and Tony)

                                    +Fredo Villalta (Ivania and Tony)

                        ++++++++++Rogelio Dechavez, Teofilo, Tomasa, Elisa, Carmen, Rolando

                                    and Limwel Alpajora, Edwin Sapla, Epifano, Lumen and Baltazar Pamitan

Sun.     10:00am           +Carmela Bavaro (Marisa Demare and Nick Gentile)

                                    +Livio Penco (Dave and Dorothy)

                                    +Wayne Gunville (Dave and Dorothy)

                                    +Helen Urbani (Joey and Jennifer)

Sun.     12:00 Noon       +Carmela Bavaro (John and Diva)

                                    +Robert Veltri (Rose Ann Veltri and Family)

                                    Spl. Int. Fidelis Tagsa and Lara Stephenson (Family)

                                    Spl. Int. John Levan and Laly Decasa (John and Diva)

Sun.     5:00pm             +Natalina Coehlo (Angela and Liliana)

                                    +Marina Juezan Parado (Family)

                                    +Jozef Czerwinski (Alex D.)

                                    +Sam Buonassisi (Mary W. and Family)

                                    Spl. Int. Parado and Ly Families (Family)

Update January 20, 2021

Dear Parishioners, 

You may remember that, in 2019, our Project Advance goal was raising funds towards renovations in the Church foyer, usher’s room and sacristy.  It took us some time to get this project underway, from collecting ideas to drawing up plans and looking at different materials, etc.  (I can now appreciate the saying “Rome was not built in a day!).  Well, we are finally able to begin – this coming Wednesday, January 20.  Due to safety regulations and noise, please make note of the following: 

  • On this date, the church will be completely closed until further notice.
  • During this time Confessions will be by appointment only.  Please contact Fr. Tomas at tstaruzyk@rcav.org or 604-299-3814 ext. 4.  
  • Holy Communion services on Sundays will continue, but will now take place in the school gymnasium.  
  • The 2021 Sunday Collection Envelopes will now be available for pickup in the Parish Office during regular office hours:  Monday thru Friday – 8:30 am to 12 noon and from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  

We will be having our annual “Baby Shower” event which is sponsored by Birthright, the Crisis Pregnancy Centre of Vancouver and the Knights of Columbus.  We are looking for new or gently used infant (to 2 yrs; diaper sizes 3, 4 & 5) and supplies (except for:  furniture, car seats, strollers & big toys) for pregnant women and new mothers in distress.  You can drop off these items at our Holy Cross Parish Office from:  Monday, Jan 25 to Friday, Jan 29 – 8.30 am to 12.00 pm and 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm. . .or. . . under the canopy at the school gymnasium on Sunday January 31 from 11.00 am -12.00 pm.  


Fr. Chris Pastuszka, SDS 


MASS INTENTIONS (Requested by) Jan 25 to 31, 2021

Mon     8:15 am           Spl. Int. Krys Bondi (Lanny and Danny)

Tues.   8:15 am           +Saverio De Bonis (Wife and Family)

Wed.    8:15 am           +Santo Sparacino (Maria Pannacci)

Thurs   8:15 am           ++Luisa Cannon and Mary Nistel (Family)

Fri.       8:15 am           +Emilio Bosa (Wife)

Sat.      9:00 am           +Florence Leung (Family)

Sat       5:00 pm           Parishioners

Sun.     8:00 am           +Norena Bolzonello (Bolzonello Family)

                                    +Giuseppe Rizzante (Family)

                                    +Louis Moreau (Jeanette Buonassisi)

                                    +Carmela Bavaro (Jeanette Buonassisi)

                                    ++Charlotte and Lester De Silva (Lucille S.)

                                    Spl. Int. for the Bereaved in the Burgos, Cantera and Pastrana Families


                                    Spl. Int. Sarah Divinagracia-Boyd (Cristina)

Sun.     10:00am          +++Leandro, Anna and Rosetta Ballan (Udovich Family)

                                    +Rina Tinaburri (Carmella Petrollini)

                                    +Carmela Bavaro (Nicole and Mike Pek)

                                    +Maria Santagiuliana (Family)

                                    Spl. Int. Sarah Divinagracia-Boyd (Cristina)

Sun.     12:00 Noon     Parishioners

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

                                    +++Lidia, Angelo and Flavio Santarossa (Family)

                                    +Maria Santagiuliana (Family)

                                    +Matthew Wan (Andrea and Peter Buonassisi)

                                    +Antonio Pedron (Charlaine Francis)

                                    +Sergio Alberti (Charlaine Francis)

                                    +Rex Burgos (Cristina)

                                    Spl. Int. Maria Moscoso (Ana)

                                    Spl. Int. Sarah-Divinagracia-Boyd (Cristina)

January 15, 2021 Update

MASS INTENTIONS (Requested by) Jan 18 to 24, 2021

Mon     8:15 am            ++Mr. and Mrs. Hung Lee Leung (Cheng Family)

Tues.    8:15 am            Spl. Int. Aili Morris (Family)

Wed.    8:15 am            +Fernando Di Cesare (Family)

Thurs   8:15 am            Spl. Int. John Morris (Family)

Fri.       8:15 am            +Tommasso Giannelli (Family)

Sat.      9:00 am            +Rina Tinaburri (Mike and Nicole Pek)

Sat       5:00 pm            +Carmela Bavaro (Jack and Rosina Massullo)

                                    +Annina Falcione (Rossander Family)

                                    +Rick Angelini (Maria Pannacci)

                                    +Michael D’Mello (Daphne Aslam)

                                    +Christine Gorman (Dave and Dorothy)

                                    +David Yong (Agnes, Anna, Alice and Families)

                                    +Stanley D’Costa (Dave and Dorothy)

                                    +Maria Santagiuliana (Family)

                                    +Matthew Wan (Ernest and Alice)

                                    Spl. Int. Jessie Chan (Yam Family)

                                    Spl. Int. Emma Isaacs (Ernest and Alice)

                                    Spl. Int. Larry and Catherine (Ernest and Alice)

                                    Spl. Int. Teresa Rasquinha and Family (Andrea and Peter)

Sun.     8:00 am            +Domenico Terragni (Family)

                                    +Cecilia Ho (May and Don)

                                    +Zofia Zgudziak (May and Don)

                                    +Sam Buonassisi (Family)

                                    +Rosann Gall (Family)

Sun.     10:00am           +Rina Tinaburri (Ada and Family)

                                    +Carmela Bavaro (Bolzonello Family)

                                    ++Serge and Marie Rousseau (Nicole and Mike)

                                    +Guido D’Angelis (Family)

                                    Spl. Int. Domenic Wong (Family)

Sun.     12:00 Noon       ++Rosa and Michael Angelo Iorio (Iorio Family)

                                    +Modesto Iorio (Iorio Family)

                                    +Wong Ying Kan (Yam Family)

                                    Spl. Int. Father John McCarthy (Mike and Germain)

                                    Spl. Int. Iorio and Bell Family (Family)

Sun.     5:00pm             +Adolfo Ortiz Junior (Family)

                                    ++Gianna and Rick Angelini (Family)

                                    +++Lidia, Angelo and Flavio Santarossa (Family)

                                    +Francesco Debartolomeo (Rosina and Jack)

                                    Spl. Int. Annie Kwok (Angie Kwok)

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