The office will be closed Monday September 4 for Labour Day. On Tuesday September 5th, we will be back to regular office hours – 8:30 am to 4:00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays (closed between 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m.).
Beginning Tuesday September 5th, our morning Masses on Monday to Friday will be at 8.15 am.
If you want to become a Catholic or are a Catholic who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation or just want to reconnect with your faith, please call or email our parish office to register for the RCIA Program. If you know someone who might be interested, please reach out to them and invite them to join the course. We are beginning on Saturday, September 9th. We will give you more details after registration.
SEPT 5 MASS 6:30 pm for SAINT TERESA of CALCUTTA FEAST DAY
The Missionaries of Charity Sisters (Mother Teresa’s sisters) have an evening Mass on Saint Teresa’s feast day and this year the Mass is held at Holy Cross at 6:30 pm on Tuesday September 5th. There will be Mass and the opportunity for veneration of a relic of Saint Teresa. Everyone is welcome to come to this Mass and join us for a reception after Mass in the Music Room in the basement of the Church.
PREP (Parish religious education program)
PREP is for children in Gr. 1 to Gr. 7 in the public school system or a non-Catholic school. The Program will start on Tues Sept. 19 in the Holy Cross Church basement and the School building.
Classes will run on Tuesday nights from 7 to 8 pm. At least one parent from each HC Prep family should plan to attend our opening night evening parent’s meeting at 7:05 pm in the Church on Tues Sept. 19.
There are still a few spots remaining and parents can stop by the Parish Office to register from 9 am to 12 Noon or 1 to 4:00 pm, starting on Sept. 5th (Registrations will be accepted up until Sept. 29.)
HC Prep Program Coordinator
Evening mini PARISH RETREAT: NINE DAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH
Would you like to strengthen your faith? Join us for a simple 9 day retreat from September 18-21, September 25-28 and October 2 (about one hour each day). Faith places us in real contact with God. Faith is our strength as Christians, because it teaches us to rely on Him in all things. Often lived most fervently when experiencing spiritual desolation, faith bears the fruit of peace, hope, and love. Using Fr. Jacques Philippe’s book, we will take nine days together with the parish community to meditate on your faith. Learn how to deepen and strengthen it, so that through both times of ease and times of burden, your faith can keep you focused on God, as he faithfully keeps his focus on you.
We will start with evening Mass at 7pm followed by a small group discussion in the church. Please register with Dorothy Demare at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15; the book (about $20) is optional and can also be purchased at an online bookstore.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BURSARY CHEQUES
Students that received bursaries last June are asked to deposit their cheques ASAP. Thank you if you have already done so.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
The Children’s Liturgy program is looking for additional volunteers to teach during 10 am Mass. No experience is needed as training will be provided. Please contact Lucy Sousa at 604-205-9393 if interested. It’s really rewarding and a great way to connect with the children. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Holy Cross Annual Salmon Barbecue on Sunday, Sept. 17
Please mark your calendars for our popular Annual Parish Salmon Barbecue from 3 to 7 pm on Sunday, Sept. 17 on the Parish grounds.
Kid`s meals, adult meals, & beverages will be available for purchase. (More details will be forthcoming). There will be a bouncy super slide and face painting on the Parish Grounds for children (free of charge) from 3:30 to 6:30 pm.
On Sept.11 at 7 pm, there will be an important organizational meeting in the Church Basement for all individuals who will be willing to volunteer at the Salmon Barbeque. (We are still need volunteers and please plan to attend this meeting if you will be helping us out at this event.) For more information and/or to volunteer contact Lucy Sousa at 604-205-9393 or dinoalberti at email@example.com
Looking forward to seeing many of you at the Barbecue
Holy Cross Parish Salmon Barbecue Committee
BIBLE STUDY 2023
Our next Bible Study is from FORMED.ORG: Philippians: Life in Christ, a 6-session Catholic Bible Study starting Wednesday, Sept 13 at 7:30 pm. It will be conducted in a hybrid meeting – attend virtually or in person in the Music Room. For registration or more information, contact the Parish Office or Tito Macapinlac at firstname.lastname@example.org or (604) 761-3135.
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MASS INTENTIONS for next week Mon Sept 4, 2023 to Sun Sept 10, 2023 (requested by):
Mon. Sept 4 9:00 am
+Robert Veltri (Rose Ann)
Tues. Sept 5 8:15 am
Spl. Int. Diva Morris (Vikky Levan)
Wed. Sept 6 8:15 am
+Florence Fung Luen Leung (Family)
Thurs. Sept 7 8:15 am
Spl. Int. May Chan (Bozena)
Fri. Sept 8 8:15 am
+Paul Liu (Family)
Fri. Sept 8 7:30 pm
+Hyacinth Yang (Lanny and Danny)
++Deceased Fong and Leong Family Members (Mary Fong and Family)
+James Harrington (Diva)
+Glen Marsland (Diva)
++Antonietta and Giuseppe De Mare (Daughter)
+Richard Crompton (Lanny and Danny)
Spl. Int. Nita Marsland and Family (Diva)
Spl. Int. Alejandro and Lily Antasuda (Diva and Family)
Spl. Int. Catherine, Angela, Monica and Joachim Chen (Agnes)
Spl. Int. Ceceilia Ruggiero (Simona and Alessandro)
Spl. Int. Taiga Morris (Family)
Spl. Int. Aureola Tagsa (Family)
Spl. Int. Leah Stephenson (Family)
Sat. Sept 9 9:00 am
Spl. Int. In Honour of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Patroness of Travelers
Sat. Sept 9 5:00 pm
+Gella Cruz (Dave and Dorothy)
+Kathleen Heirakuji (Thow Family)
+Mate Bratanic (Bratanic Family)
+Beatriz D. Cruz (Family)
+Art Halls (Family)
Spl. Int. Sister Sharon (Family)
Sun. Sept 10 8:00 am
++Angela and Luigi Colonello (Family)
++Souls in Purgatory
Spl. Int. Maria Myung and Family (Family)
Sun. Sept 10 10:00 am
++Dorota and Paul Nowakowski (Daphne)
+John Pavich (Family)
+John Spagnuolo (Pino Vigna and Family)
++Rosanna and Vittorio Maneli (Giuseppina G.)
+Richard Crompton (Baldonero Family)
+Marija Dananic (Sister Frida)
+Marin Vulentin (Crnica Family)
Sun. Sept 10 12:00 pm
+Robb Marsden (Family)
+Zoila Zolanda Garcia (Family)
Sun. Sept 10 5:00 pm
++Teresa and Anselmo Andreatta (Elsa Bosa and Family)
+Adolfo Ortiz Junior (Maria Ortiz)
+Robert Westervelt (Marisa D. and Nick G.)
++Gino and Maria Sain (Family)
++Anna Maria and Hernando Gamez (Family)
Spl. Int. Lanny and Danny Hui on their 23rd Wedding Anniversary (Guiseppina G.)