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The parish bulletin is posted each week, including a weekly message by our Pastor. This is a wonderful resource for the latest news and announcements and events in the parish and our local faith community.

 

Current announcements

Centenary Mass Celebrations December 5-10, 2022

We will be having Centenary Mass Celebrations from December 5-10 at 7:45am and 7:00pm, leading up to Holy Cross Parish’s 100th anniversary on December 10, 2022. Everyone is welcome to attend and receive God’s blessings.

Monday, December 5:

7:45am       Fr. Chrysogonus Obinna Agu

7:00pm      Most Reverend Noël Delaquis

Tuesday, December 6:

7:45am       Fr. Ani Xavier, OFM Cap

7:00pm      Fr. Gerry Sembrano

Wednesday, December 7:

7:45am       Fr. Ani Xavier, OFM Cap

7:00pm      Fr. John Juhl, OFM, Capuchin Provincial Minister

Thursday, December 8:

7:45am       Fr. John Juhl, OFM, Capuchin Provincial Minister

No 7:00pm Mass.  There will be a diocesan Mass held at the Saint Boniface Cathedral at 7:00pm.

Friday, December 9:

7:45am       Fr. Ani Xavier, OFM Cap

7:00pm      Fr. Carl Tarnopolski

Saturday, December 10:

7:45am       Fr. Ani Xavier, OFM Cap

4:00pm      Most Reverend Albert LeGatt

There will be a parish potluck after the 4:00pm mass. We kindly ask everyone to bring your favourite dish to share.

Sunday, December 11:

7:45am       Most Reverend Albert LeGatt

10:00am    Most Reverend Albert LeGatt

12:00pm    Most Reverend Albert LeGatt

There will be coffee and muffins after all the Sunday masses.

Posted: 12/2/22 9:40 AM


Advent Penitential Celebration

As we prepare for the Christmas season, we invite you to partake in our Advent Penitential Celebration on Friday, December 2 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. 

Posted: 11/28/22 11:07 AM


Christmas Mass Schedule

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

December 24:  Christmas Eve:  Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

  • 4:30pm Children’s Choir
  • 5:00pm Children’s Mass
  • 8:00pm Christmas Eve Mass
  • 10:00pm Christmas Eve Mass 

December 25:  Christmas Day:  Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

  • 7:45am Christmas Day Mass
  • 10:00am Christmas Day Mass
  • 12:00pm Christmas Day Mass

December 31:  New Year’s Eve:  Seventh Day Within the Octave of the Nativity

  • 6:00pm Thanksgiving Holy Hour (Adoration)
  • 7:00pm New Year’s Eve Mass
  • 9:00pm New Year’s Eve Mass

January 1, 2023:  New Year’s Day:  Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation)

  • 7:45am Mary, Holy Mother of God Mass
  • 10:00am Mary, Holy Mother of God Mass
  • 12:00pm Mary, Holy Mother of God Mass

Please note:  7:45am Daily Mass is still celebrated on Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) and Thursday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve). They do no appear on this holiday schedule as they are weekday masses, separate from feast days.

Posted: 11/28/22 11:06 AM


Novena to the Immaculate Conception

In preparation for the Great feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, there will be a novena to the Immaculate Conception made of three rosaries and special prayers starting Tuesday November 29 at 6:30am before the 7:45am mass until Wednesday, December 7 as last day of the novena. On Thursday, December 8 there will be a special morning mass with consecration of the parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

It will be a very special Marian novena for our parish because it coincides with the conclusion of our centenary. The sacrifice of coming out so early in the dark winter days will be a unique experience of advent, preparing us for the Light that is coming.

Posted: 11/25/22 7:38 AM


Christmas Eve Children’s Choir

Do you enjoy singing Christmas carols? We are looking for young people aged 8-17 to participate in a Christmas Eve children’s choir! We will be having 3 practices after the 10:00am mass on December 4th, 11th and 18th.

Please contact Dominique if you are interested at: holycrossparishcatechist@gmail.com

 

Posted: 11/10/22 9:26 AM


2023 Offering Envelopes

We are currently preparing our list of families who will receive offering envelopes for next year. If you don’t have a set and would like Holy Cross to provide one for you, leave your information at the parish office at office@holycrossparish.ca, 204-233-7367 or in person. You may also fill out the blue registration forms at both entrances of the church and drop it in the offering basket. Keep us informed if you have moved or your contact information has changed. We will announce when the envelopes will be ready for pick-up.

 

Posted: 11/10/22 9:24 AM


Food Bank News & Bradbury’s

As coordinator of the food bank, I would like to share some news about the operation of this vital social service.

First of all we are pleased to be able to return to pre-covid operations, specifically offering a bowl of hot home made soup and sandwiches to our patrons every Wednesday morning. Similar to other food banks across the province and the country for that matter, we have seen a steady increase in the numbers of patrons.  Who are these new people? Sadly, many more under the age of 30. Some single. Some married. Many students. We have also been welcoming Ukrainian refugees. I wish you could see the gratitude on their faces as they go through our food line. One week we had as many as 96 people registered!

A couple of years ago we started a hot meal program Monday night in memory of our beloved Fr. Martin. We named it Bradbury’s. We have seen this grow from 8 people at the start up to over 80 on some weeks. I am also excited to tell you we piloted a summer BBQ program Monday nights from mid-May till the first week in September which was a huge hit. We were able to purchase a BBQ and serve food hot off the grill every week, along with some cool treats on those hot days.

So many positive comments came in from our patrons. Many from those who can’t afford a holiday or a BBQ. They all looked forward to the fellowship and community that grew over the summer months.

We have been blessed in so many ways and have seen the fruits of our evangelization. Some of the patrons have asked about mass times and have started to attend. Others came to our Holy Cross Feast Day. Another individual started attending Friends of the Holy Eucharist.

The demand for our services continues to grow, especially at a time when food prices are sky rocketing.

I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank each and everyone of you who have contributed  to our monthly food bank collection and who have made donations in other ways.  Your donations have made all the difference. It allows us to purchase items we may not get from Harvest such as baby food, diapers, feminine hygiene products, and cereal.

As Advent approaches, we could be handing out food to as many as 350 people over the course of the month starting November 30th. I am wondering if I may ask you to please consider donating a box of chocolates – this is an extra we try to hand out at Christmas. If you are able, please drop your box off at the office and I will pick them up once a week.

Once again, my heartfelt thanks for all you have done and are doing to continue this critical service. It is needed now more than even.  If you have any comments or questions regarding the Food Bank or Bradbury’s, please feel free to contact me.

Going forward, I will be publishing an update four times a year.

Thank you and may God bless you for kindness.

Sincerely,

Marianne Savard, Food Bank Coordinator 

 

Posted: 11/10/22 9:24 AM


Clothing & Household Items

Holy Cross Parish is NOT collecting clothing and household items. As suggested by the diocese, Holy Cross Parish recommends that these items be donated to the Centre Flavie-Laurent located on 301 Archibald Street. As found on their website, the Centre Flavie-Laurent strives to be an effective ally in the battle against poverty so that the most vulnerable may live in a dignified manner. They provide comfort and support to the impoverished and the vulnerable by distributing at no cost material goods. For more information on drop off and/or pick up of your donations, call 204-231-9513 or visit their website at https://centreflavie.com/

 

Posted: 10/31/22 8:18 AM


Capital Building Update

Members of our Building and Finance/Administration committees have been busy ‘behind the scenes’. As many of you have experienced when doing home renovations, there are often delays in project work, product and material shortages, as well as deficiencies to deal with upon project completion along with ongoing maintenance and repairs. Our beautiful new kitchen now provides an efficient, modern space in which to prepare meals and/or refreshments for us. Thank you again to our fundraisers, to those who prepared and submitted grant proposals, and to all donors who made this project a success. Thank you as well to the parish volunteers who gave a ‘facelift’ to the basement hall in which we can enjoy gatherings and time together. Although there are plans in the works to completely renovate the basement washrooms at some point in the future, we again have some amazing volunteers preparing to ‘spruce up’ the existing rooms in advance of our December 100th celebration. The more significant project currently being worked on is that of the multi-purpose room below the annex. Water problems continue to plague us, and in consultation with the diocese, we have been gathering quotes to remediate the ongoing problem before closing the walls and completing related work as quickly as possible, so that we can allow activities to resume in that space. Donations to our capital building fund continue to be welcomed.

 

 

Posted: 10/28/22 9:57 AM


Holy Cross Parish Centenary Souvenir Mugs – 2nd Order has Arrived!

Holy Cross Parish will be celebrating its Centenary on December 10, 2022.

In anticipation of this exciting event, our Centenary Committee invites you to contribute to their fundraising efforts by purchasing a souvenir mug marking this important milestone.

Each mug is $15.00.

A set of two mugs is $25.00.

The second order of mugs has arrived. You may purchase mugs at the parish office.

Centenary Mugs Order Form

Posted: 10/21/22 10:34 AM


Announcement submissions

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