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Weekly Update: June 14-18, 2021

“When you start each day with a grateful heart, light illuminates from within.” ~ Unknown

An Update from Father Dave

Holy Cross Parish is open once again! It’s so great to be able to open our doors for Mass once again this weekend! We are beginning at 15% capacity for Mass, which in our church means 105 people. Our weekend Mass schedule remains the same for now:

  • Saturday at 5:00pm
  • Sunday at 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, and 12:00 noon

We will also continue the streaming of our Sunday Mass online. Would you like to receive the parish bulletin each week by email? Send a message to and we will add you to our mailing list. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

A message from the Board: Strategic Plan Monitoring

We value your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete the HCDSB Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey:

The survey will be open from June 9th until June 23rd. Results will be used by senior staff to help evaluate our progress in meeting the goals of our Strategic Plan “Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021” and will be included in the “Directors Report to Trustees – Year 5 of Implementation” in the fall.

The survey is completely anonymous, and all data will be stored and protected by Research & Development Services. Questions about the survey can be directed to

Pride Awareness Day – June 14th

A reminder that Monday, June 14th, is a system-wide Pride Awareness Day – a day to reaffirm our commitment to honour the dignity and worth of each member of our community by nurturing safe and inclusive schools.

Every class will have an opportunity to pause and reflect on what we can do individually and together to create welcoming schools where all students feel a true sense of belonging.

Showing our support for our Indigenous Brothers and Sisters

The Holy Cross community was deeply saddened by the tragedy regarding the children of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C.  Several of our Intermediate students will be leading a special virtual Liturgy on June 21st, which is National Indigenous Peoples Day. 

In addition, we would like to show our collective support by tying 215 ribbons to our school fence.  We would ask that, as a family, you consider sending in a message of hope by completing this Microsoft Office Form: Our Messages of Hope

A team of student leaders — Hannah M., Payton M., Kaileigh L., and Jessica W. — have volunteered to write your family’s messages on the ribbons, which will then be tied onto our fence.   We would like to note that this initiative came from our students.  Their efforts exemplify the Catholic Graduate Expectations of being a Responsible Citizen and a Caring Family Member, and we are so proud of their growing awareness of the world around them, and empathy for others.

We are committed to the work of Truth and Reconciliation in our school.  You can learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action here: Calls to Action

Staffing Updates

As we begin to approach the end of another school year, we would like to share some staff updates with the community. Each year, at this time, we say goodbye to those who are leaving Holy Cross to share their gifts and talents in other communities

Best wishes to our Long-Term Occasional Teachers, and DECEs: Ms. Clark, Mrs. DeFrancesco, and Mr. Toye; Mrs. Oke, and Mrs. D’Emilio. We wish them all a restful summer and hope they will have an opportunity to return to Holy Cross School.  

This June, we also say goodbye to Mr. Main and to Ms. Halovanic, who have both served at Holy Cross for many years.  We have been enriched by their presence here at our school and they will be greatly missed! May God bless them abundantly as they continue their journey in Catholic Education.

Finally, we would like to express our collective “Congratulations!” to our CYC, Ms. Robertson, who has been promoted to a Board-level CYC position!   We are so very delighted that her leadership, professionalism and expertise have been recognized.  While Holy Cross will miss her, we wish her every blessing in this new adventure and know that it is time to share her many gifts with others throughout the Board.

Holy Cross Tips

We are pleased to share a special message from the Halton Hills Public Library:

The Halton Hills Public Library is launching their TD Summer Reading Club program.  The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests and abilities. This free Club is offered at more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada, as well as online. The Club celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories, and inspires kids to explore the fun of reading their way. This is key to building a lifelong love of reading. 

On Saturday, June 19th the Summer Reading Club at HHPL will begin registration with The Summer Reading Club Pit-Stop Launch Party. We invite families to walk or drive by to pick up their Summer Reading Club Kits and enjoy our I Spy Window display, Storywalk, and Extreme Hopscotch Challenge outside and socially distanced from 10-12 at the Georgetown Branch and 2-4 at the Acton Branch of the Halton Hills Public Library. Students will be able to register at any time after the 19th online or in person.   

To participate in the TD Summer Reading Club, students are encouraged to read for 30 minutes a day, every day of the week and will track their reading on the Beanstack platform. Registration on Beanstack can be completed in person or online through Paper copies of the challenge will be available as needed. 

For the first three weeks they participate, students will be able to come to the library to collect prizes. For completing subsequent weeks of reading, students will receive ballots for a draw to win a TD bank account worth $25.  

For more information please review this  promotional video  or visit our website at  

We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick, and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.  

Anna Marie Toltl

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