Email Bulletin for Nov 17, 2023

2nd Collection Home Missions Nov 18/19

The second collection on this weekend of November 18/19 is to support home missions. This appeal supports parishes and dioceses which cannot provide basic pastoral services to Catholics without outside help. Basic pastoral services include Mass and sacraments, religious education, and ministry training for priests, deacons, religious sisters and lay people. For many decades, the Church has sent missionaries overseas to serve the people in far away countries and home missions are parishes and dioceses in our region that need the same kind of support.

INVITATION TO ALL HOLY CROSS LADIES – Please consider joining our CWL! 

The Holy Cross Catholic Women’s League (CWL) will be having their annual membership drive after every Mass this weekend November 18 and 19) and new members are always welcome to join. Your support of our CWL Council by joining our Council or renewing your membership is very much appreciated.  If you or your friend or family member wants to join or know more about the CWL, please visit our CWL table in the lobby of the Church and talk to our members. You can also go to our National website where there are some brief stories and videos to inspire at

For 2023-2024, our CWL membership fee is $45.00.  pay by cheque (payable to Holy Cross CWL).  If you are not able to pay by cheque, please pay by cash (and put the $45.00 cash in an envelope with your name, address, phone number and email address on the front of the envelope.)  (Volunteers do not have change so please give the exact amount if possible).  Please advise our volunteers if you have a new address, phone number or email address and if you will be celebrating a special birthday or anniversary…we are always happy to recognize special moments!

Please be assured that any information you give us will not be shared with anyone and is kept confidential.

If you are not able to attend Mass this weekend, please drop off your payment at the Parish Office or put it in the collection basket as soon as possible (make sure to clearly label your envelope CWL).  You can also phone the Parish office with your credit card number (604-299-3814 ext. 2) to pay by credit card.


You only have a week left to order your Purdy’s chocolates for Christmas!  You can do some of your Christmas shopping and also support our CWL Christmas fundraiser by buying Purdy’s chocolates for your Christmas stockings, or as Christmas gifts. The CWL supports our parish in many ways so any support is greatly appreciated. 

To place an order, click on the following link to “Join a Campaign”:

Should you have trouble accessing the site when clicking on the link, please visit: and select “Join a Campaign”. You will be asked to provide your email address and our Customer Number (63039). 

(If you don’t want chocolates, you can support our CWL with a monetary donation.)

Deadline to place an order is Sunday November 26th and orders will be available for pick up after all Sunday Masses on December 10.


If you are looking for something to help you or your family live your faith, the CWL is selling religious articles at the back of the Church this weekend after the 5:00 pm Mass this Saturday and after the 8:00am, 10:00am & 12:00pm Masses on Sunday.  We accept cheque or cash for payment.


Do you have big questions about the meaning of life?  Do you want to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus? Do you want to grow in your faith?

If so and you are a man aged 30 to 55, we invite you to join Alpha for Men at Holy Cross – a set of weekly evening gatherings that will explore these questions. If you have a husband, brother, or son who may not be a believer or has drifted from their faith, Alpha is also for them. All are welcome.

Each gathering consists of dinner followed by a short video and small group discussion. Alpha for Men begins on Friday, January 12 at 6:30pm at the parish.

Alpha has changed countless lives. To get a taste of what Alpha is about, watch this short video on how Alpha transformed a parish in Montreal.

To join Alpha for Men at Holy Cross, sign up here. We hope to see you on January 12!

Knights of Columbus Annual Charity Appeal is live. 

Here is the link to the charity appeal draw. – Remember to pick “Burnaby-5423 Holy Cross” from the organization list when entering your billing information.  Draw date is December 16th.


When our children reach adolescence, it can seem like they have become a different person. Dr. Gordon Neufeld explains why this is and how best to still remain close to our children in this difficult stage. We will discuss his insights while touching on the topics of: peers, rebellion, aloneness, play, sexuality and, overarching, why they need to be attached to us and how we can achieve this. 

Dates for this year: Nov 22 and Nov 29 (2024 dates TBC)

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Holy Cross Church Basement

RSVP or questions to Laura or Ida 

We are following a video series by Dr. Neufeld. Each session will build on the one before. But if you can not make all of them, you are welcome to come for what you can.

We are doing a hybrid meeting – in person and via zoom. Please RSVP for the zoom link.


We would like to encourage everyone to come and participate in our 12-hour Eucharistic Adoration starting after the Divine Mercy Mass at 9pm on November 24th and ending at 9:00am before morning Mass on the next day, November 25th.  It can be a holy hour or a holy 15 minutes…. come and spend some time with Jesus.  There will be always at least one male person at every hour, so you won’t be alone.  Come and see Jesus face to face.  He is waiting for you!

Advent Wreath Workshop 

Come learn about the significance of the Advent wreath and create your own wreath to take home.  Takes place on Saturday Dec 2, from 2-4pm in the School gym.  Cost $40.  Children can attend with a parent for a fun family workshop!  Sign up online or in person on November 26 after all Masses.  Register early as space is limited.  


Our Christmas Midnight Mass choir has just started practicing and musicians and those who would like to sing with us in the choir are still very welcome. We will practice in the Church on Sundays November 12, 19, 26 and December 3, 10 and 17 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Please contact Lanny Hui at, if you would like to join or have any questions. 


The 2024 Sunday Missals (for Adults and for Young Catholics) and the Little Books for Advent and Christmas are available for sale in the back of the church. If you are a Sunday Mass reader, you should consider buying a Sunday Missal now as, when they are sold out, we cannot get any more. The Sunday Missals are $5.00 each, the Children and Youth Missals are $8.00 each and the Little Books are $3.00 each.  Please place the money in the brown box.


We are very excited to announce that we have surpassed the Archdiocesan Goal of $56,400 for Project Advance at Holy Cross Parish. A very sincere thank you to all our parishioners who helped make this happen. This is great news because any further donations to Project Advance will go directly to our Parish and help us achieve our three main campaign goals for this year;

  • Replacing the furnace in the rectory – $13,000   
  • Parking Lot Repairs – $22,000 
  • Seismic upgrade of our elementary school 

If you want to contribute to the 2023 Project Advance campaign,

You can drop off your pledge form in the collection basket, at the parish office or go online to give at and please designate our parish as the recipient.    You can also make a donation by phoning the Parish Office with your credit card information.

Kindergarten 2024 Applications

Holy Cross Elementary School is accepting applications for prospective Kindergarten students who will be 5 years old (born in 2019). If you are interested in having your child attend Holy Cross Elementary, please complete the application form which can be found on the school website ( and bring the following to the school office: child’s birth certificate, baptismal certificate (if baptized Catholic), completed application form and a $25.00 application fee payable by cash or cheque by December 8, 2023. In-person interviews for families selected based on our admissions policy will be on January 12, 2024. 

Save the Dates in 2024

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Sunday Feb. 11, 2024 – Super Bowl Party

Friday May 10, 2024 – Annual Golf Tournament

Sunday Sept. 15, 2024 – Annual Salmon Barbecue

MASS INTENTIONS for next week November 20 to 26, 2023 (requested by):

Mon. Nov 20 8:15 am               

++Deceased Members of Nicoletti Family (Giuseppina G.)

Tues. Nov 21    8:15 am           

+Saverio De Bonis (Wife and Family)

Wed. Nov 22     8:15 am           

+Angelo De Fazio (Family)

Thurs. Nov 23   8:15 am           

+Ada Pepe (Simona & Alessandro)

Thurs.  Nov 23  9:15 am           

School Mass – ++Sam Zumpano and Stefano Macri (Family)

Fri. Nov 24        8:15 am           

++Deceased Members of Chech Family (Giuseppina G.)

Fri. Nov 24        7:30 pm           

+Mauricio Olalo (Diva)

+John Morris (Lanny and Danny)

+Rodolfo Giron (Grace San Juan)

++Wo On Chan and Katie Cheng (May and Don Chan)

+Lennie Jang (May and Don Chan)

Spl. Int. Justin, Joel and Jerome Misenas (Nita)

Spl. Int. Thanksgiving for Alex Ortiz on his Birthday (Maria Ortiz)

Spl. Int. Marcelo San Juan (Grace San Juan)

Spl. Int. Betty Chung (Ernest and Alice)

Spl. Int. Josie Cheng (Diva)

Spl. Int. for Maria Chakeredza for Safe Travels

Spl. Int. Clare Turcotte (Marlene M.)

Sat. Nov 25       9:00 am           

Spl. Int. Catherine Parel (Perla)

Sat. Nov 25       5:00 pm           

+Kathleen Heirakuji (Thow Family)

+Carmine Rasquinha (Andrea and Peter B.)

Spl. Int. Detlef Hoffman (Daphne)

Spl. Int. Marcelo San Juan (Grace San Juan)

Sun. Nov 26      8:00 am           

+Gerald Moreau (Jeanette Buonassisi)

++Deceased Members of Ricci Family (Family)

+Mary Manzardo (Nancy Yamauchi)

Spl. Int. Thanksgiving for 63rd Wedding Anniversary of Dawson and Mary Fon

Spl. Int. Marcelo San Juan (Grace San Juan)

Sun. Nov 26      10:00am          

+Bernardina Liguori (Esposito Family)

++Deceased Members of Orsatti and Di Cecco Families (Guiseppina G.)

+Rita Tinaburri (Giuseppina G.)

++Eufrasia Sovernigo and the Deceased Members of the Sovernigo Family (Family)

+Andrea Bruschetta (Friend)

+Giuseppe Ceron (Family)

+Nicole Porciello (Franca Zumpano)

++Frank Camazzola and Deceased Members of Camazzola Family (Family)

++Antonio Bosa and Deceased Members of Bosa Family (Family)

+Rosa Milillo (Anna Colonna)

Spl. Int. for Peace in Gaza (Maria Hu)

Spl. Int. Betty Chung (Psalm)

Sun. Nov 26      12:00 Noon      

++Marko and Zorka Zupan (Mary and Martin Zupan)

+Bev Chan (Family)

+Jim Hibbert (Parishioner)

+Loreto Malsegna (Family)

+Doriana Temolo-Hall (Sigurnjak Family)

++Lucija and Paul Sigurnjak (Family)

+Tony Magistrale (Family)

Spl. Int. Diana Alfonso (Diva)

Sun. Nov 26      5:00 pm

+Geoff Molyneux (Krys, Robert and Nick)

+++Kay, John and Maureen Ostofy (Judy Talas)

+++Vilma, Joe and Judy Talas (Judy Talas)

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