24th Sunday in Ordinary Time


By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB

For those who have been around St. Basil’s for a while, you know there have been a great many changes over the last two years. I want to reiterate my gratitude once again for your support and willingness, but I also want to say: it is about to get really exciting!

For the last two years, our community has been doing a great many things behind the scenes to help build a bridge between the University of St. Michael’s College and St. Basil’s Parish. This past week and over the next month, you will see the fruits of a renewed relationship.

Already, St. Basil’s has played a prominent place during all Frosh Week activities. We have celebrated many opening Masses, been featured at the University clubs fair, and blessed the carts for the annual bed races around King’s Circle.

This next week, we will open our doors to students for a “One Week” experience of life at the parish. We want to give students a first hand look at the many wonderful events and ministries here and invite them to serve as follow volunteers and ministers.

In the next month, St. Basil’s will help usher in a new era of leadership as the new Dean of the Faculty of Theology and President are both installed. We will also welcome parents to celebrate Mass with us and lead the University in prayer as part of grand celebrations for the Feast of St. Michael.

But most importantly, we are able to do all of this without taking away from other aspects of our parish that important to a wider community. Rather, the students and activities of the University breathe new life into our community, while St. Basil’s offers them a rich tradition of Goodness, Discipline & Knowledge according to the Gospel.

My hope is that you feel welcome at these many celebrations and enjoy the energy and hope that comes with the beginning of another school year. I also hope that our ever-growing community takes this opportunity to learn from each other. Whether you have been around a long time, or have just come to our parish – there is much we can learn together!