** Effective immediately: There is an update in protocols for Mass attendance and numbers. Please review the document below.**

Memos from the Bishop of Victoria

Please take a moment to read the most recent update in protocols and memo from the Bishop of Victoria: Restart Directives for December 7, 2021

Updates: memo on new restrictions

The key changes are summarized here:
• Attendance at worship services is limited to 50% of the seated capacity of the space used for the service (at Holy Cross Parish this is a total of 140 person occupancy).
• It is highly recommended that parishes encourage physical distancing by blocking off pews, adding distancing markers to the aisles used during the Communion procession, posting reminders in the lobby, and other similar methods.
• Masks must be worn by all people aged 5 and older at all times while in church buildings, including choir members while singing. There are specific situations in which masks are not required, which are described in the Directives.
• Parishes must post signage at the entrances to all church buildings notifying that face coverings are required to be worn.

For the Bishop of Victoria's December Live Stream Mass schedule click here

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.

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory Holy Cross Church stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Vision Statement

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.

Mission Statement

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

Simbang Gabi, a Filipino tradition of celebrating nine novena Masses in anticipation of Christmas will be taking place at St. Patrick's Parish in Victoria from December 15th - December 23rd at 5:50pm daily. A full schedule can be found here.

Christmas Schedule 2021

FRIDAY December 24th - Christmas Eve:

Holy Cross Parish Mass, 4pm (livestreamed)

St. Patrick’s Parish Mass , 6pm

St. Patrick’s Parish Mass, 7:30pm

Holy Cross Parish Mass, Midnight

SATURDAY, December 25th, Christmas Day:

Holy Cross Parish Mass, 9am

St. Patrick’s Parish Mass, 11am

*there will be no 4pm or 6pm Mass on this day.

SUNDAY, December 26th, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Holy Cross Parish, 9:00am

St. Patrick’s Parish, 11am

FRIDAY, December 31st - New Year’s Eve

Holy Cross Parish, 4pm

SATURDAY, January 1st - The Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

St. Patrick’s Parish, 10am

SATURDAY. January 1st - The Epiphany of the Lord (Anticipatory Mass)

Holy Cross Parish, 4pm

St. Patrick’s Parish, 6pm

SUNDAY, January 2nd - The Epiphany of the Lord

Holy Cross Parish, 9am

St. Patrick’s Parish, 11am

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.

» Why Liturgy Matters Part 1

» The Liturgy of the Eucharist Part 2

» Why Liturgy Matters Part 3

» Why Liturgy Matters Part 4