**Please take a moment to read the information below from Bishop Gary regarding our response to COVID-19, and our gradual re-opening of the parish. **
As we are called to embrace a new Pentecost and prepare our faith communities in the Diocese of Victoria to reopen to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy together, we do so intentionally to guarantee the health and well-being of those entrusted to our care. Each pastor and parish must take responsibility for following the established General Directives, Liturgical Directives from the Diocese of Victoria, and Provincial Health Authorities mandates, to make the appropriate adaptations for their individual communities based upon size and resources.
Please find attached three important documents:
- Pastoral Letter from Bishop Gary Gordon
- General Directives for the Reopening of Churches during Covid-19
- Liturgical Directives for the Celebration of Mass and the Sacraments during Covid-19
At Holy Cross we plan to re-open mass on Pentecost Sunday, May 31st. Everyone attending mass must register before hand. You may only attend one specific mass a week. Please know that you will not be permitted to enter the church if you have not registered to attend that specific mass. There will be ushers at the door monitoring entrance. There may only be 50 people in attendance at a time, this includes our pastor, musician, and lector.
To find out more about how to register, and our mass schedule please contact the office directly by email: email@example.com
A Message From Our Pastor and Parish Office:
In these difficult days we are called to practice social distance and follow the directives from the Chief Medical Officer and our Bishop. Nevertheless, we are still called to be community.
At Holy Cross Parish we will be commencing Masses this weekend and as our Bishop says we are "Called to Embrace a New Pentecost".
Because we have a limit of 50 people per mass you must now register for which mass you would like to attend. You can register for a mass by emailing Joanie Bidlake at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Mass schedule remains the same for now:
Tuesday –Friday: 9am Mass
Saturday: 4pm Mass (full) Sunday: 9am Mass (full)
*please note that if these Masses are inconvenient for you, you may select a Mass time from St. Patrick’s Parish Mass schedule. To do this please call Deborah Mackay at St. Pat’s at: 250-592-7391
The adoration chapel at St. Patrick’s will remain open 24/7. A code is required, contact the St. Pat’s office if you need it. Information from the Diocese will be posted on our website regularly.
The offices will remain open, but following protocols there will be no person to person contact. Therefore please call or email first.
Fr. William is available to talk to people via phone, or visit providing we follow all protocols. Fr. William will retain office hours at Holy Cross from 8am-12pm and at St. Patrick’s from 12:15-4pm.
Peace in these days
Memos from the Bishop of Victoria
Some links from the Diocese of Victoria:
Please note that all community gatherings and meetings at the church have been cancelled until further notice. This includes:
-Wednesday Afternoon Social Group
-Faith Formation Courses
-Children's Liturgy Gatherings
-Sunday and Wednesday Bridge gatherings
-Ministry Meetings (including Social and Ecological Justice meetings)
* During this time we encourage all parishioners and members of the community to abide by the Social Distancing protocols set in place by our Governments.
However, distancing physically does not mean we have to distance emotionally. Make an effort to phone and check in on those neighbours and friends in our community - we can all benefit from hearing a friendly and familiar voice in these days.
Please contact the office if you want to be added to our email mail out list for regular communication from the parish and Fr. William.
Holy Cross Catholic Parish
Located near the campus of the University of Victoria, Holy Cross Catholic Parish is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria and serves the needs of some 350 parish families in the area as well as the needs of the student population of the both UVic and Camosun College.
Holy Cross is always welcoming to new members and visitors. Please come visit us for Mass and on Sunday mornings stay for social time afterwards. All are welcome.
Holy Cross Parish strives to be a welcoming, dynamic, vibrant, inclusive Catholic community that gathers in unity and reaches out to attend to the needs of others.
Rooted in the community of Gordon Head and the University, in communion with the Roman Catholic Church, Holy Cross Parish serves the people of God by sharing, teaching and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Core Beliefs/Values Statement(s)
The people of Holy Cross Parish believe it is important:
- to welcome all who come through its’ doors.
- to socially engage the people of the parish
- to serve the parish and broader community
Why Liturgy Matters
Follow the link to read the first of a four part hand out regarding the importance of liturgy and the different aspects liturgy in our faith.