Children's Liturgy of the Word

Please note: Children's Liturgy of the Word is on pause over the summer months but will resume  in September 2023. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry please contact the parish office.

We have a “Liturgy of the Word for Children” at the 9:00am mass. All children ages 4-6 and 7-9 are invited to go to the Parish Centre with the Leaders from the community to share the Word at their age level. They then return to their family at collection time.

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Children’s Religious Education

We prepare children for First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion with
sacramental preparation classes. Each child attends classes with a parent, and together, they are expected to complete all units for the sacrament to be received. If your child is 7+ years old by the end of this year, please download the PDF Registration Form to complete and email to your parish office; you will need a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate to attach and you must be a registered parishioner of Holy Cross or St Patrick’s. For further information or if your child is not yet baptized, please contact your parish office directly: 250-477-5321 or

The Order of Christian Initiation for Children (OCIC) may be offered as needed to prepare older children for Baptism, First Reconciliation, Confirmation and/or First Communion. Note that RCIC is different from the baptismal preparation classes offered to parents of infants and young children.  For further information contact the Sacramental Prep Coordinator, Michele Bristow .




Joseph B. Jackson Bursary

One or more Bursaries are awarded to full or part-time undergraduate single parents who are members of Holy Cross Parish studying at the University of Victoria. If there are no single parent applicants from Holy Cross Parish, the Bursaries may be awarded to students who are members of Holy Cross Parish. If there are no students who meet the previous criteria, the award may be given to any single parent student. Application for the Joseph B. Jackson Bursary may be made on-line to Student Financial Aid Services at the University of Victoria. Selection will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards. Further information may be found at   

Holy Cross Catholic Church Bursary

The Parishioners of Holy Cross Catholic Church established this Bursary Endowment Fund in 1994.  The recipients(s) of this annual bursary will be enrolled full time in a Diploma or Credit Program at Camosun College maintaining a satisfactory academic standing.  The recipient(s) should be a resident of Greater Victoria or the Southern Gulf Islands.

Preference will firstly be given to single parents who are members of Holy Cross Parish. Secondly, other Roman Catholic Parishes in Greater Victoria or the Southern Gulf Islands. If there are no successful applicants the bursary will be awarded to any student in any program on the basis of financial need and satisfactory standing. Application should be made on-line directly with the Financial Aid office in September or January. Click on the Holy Cross and/or other Roman Catholic Parish checkbox.

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Donations will be gratefully acknowledged and may also be made in the name/memory of a loved one. Donations are eligible for the Charitable Tax Credit and may be made directly to UVic or Camosun or through Holy Cross Parish.

For more information contact:

Holy Cross Catholic Parish
Attn: Bursary Committee
4049 Gordon Head Road
Victoria, BC V8N 3X7
Phone: (250) 477-5321 Fax: (250)721-1844