Never did I think I would be updating our Parish Website with this type of letter and with this type of content re the present situation of the Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) pandemic. Many things have happened in the past two weeks…and to say that it is “scary”, would be putting it mildly. I sincerely hope that we are all learning to live and cope with this frightening reality.
Since the Masses and other activities in all parishes of our Archdiocese have been cancelled, Fr. Konrad and I are looking for ways to be available for our parishioners:
- Live Stream Mass: I hope that this coming weekend, I will be able to live stream Mass from our church. You may find some other options for live streaming Masses at www.rcav.org
- Confessions: Fr. Konrad will be available for Confessions on Tuesdays from 10:00 till 11:00 am, Thursdays from 7:15 till 8:15 pm and Saturdays from 4.00 till 5.00 pm.
PLEASE NOTE: Come to the parish office and knock on the door. When Fr. Konrad acknowledges your presence, please distance yourself from the parish office door (by at least two meters). You may also reach Fr. Konrad at 778 233 7355 (by calling or texting) and set up a time for confessions with him.
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.
- Formed.org: With the approval of the Parish council, l have 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
Fr. Konrad and I are offering Masses every day in our parish church for the intentions that you have requested. We will continue to keep you and your families in our daily prayers.
Last, but not least…….For the sake of all of us….no matter where we are or whom we may encounter. .REMEMBER TO COMPLY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING. Stay healthy and safe!
Fr. Chris Pastuszka, SDS, Pastor