John Dalla Costa

I am a writer first and foremost (my passion), also teaching at Schulich and consulting as an ethicist. I am at St. Basil’s because my previous Pastor suggested that I study theology, so, I ended up getting my M.Div. at Regis College. The parish is

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

THE HEART OF MARY By Lucinda M. Vardey Today’s scripture recounts Mary’s reaction to the words the shepherds heard from the angels, that she treasured and pondered them in her heart. During our parish’s Magdala seminar on feminine theology in Rome last year, French theologian, Anne-Marie Pelletier, helped

Christmas 2016

“REMEMBER YOUR DIGNITY” By: John Dalla Costa Such joy to relish this day. A light is born that no darkness can swallow; a hope has been enfleshed that no despair can ever despoil. The angels were right acclaiming: “Glory to God in the highest!” How can our hearts

1st Sunday of Advent

A DROP OF WATER IN THE FLOOD By Leanna Cappiello Ever wonder who is sitting next to you in the pew, that stranger with a story? You may take him or her in at a glance… But do you know who they are, what brought them here, what

MJ Santa Ana

What brings me to the pew? In a nutshell: my family. I was raised by a single mother who brought me to my first pew. My mom sang in a choir for thirteen years, so we would arrive early. As the choir practiced, I recall Sunday

Carole Thomas

With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning St. Basil’s: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways …” I spend 40 minutes each way on the subway to come here, yet I do not feel my time is wasted. There is always something I can take

Aurelija Tarvydas

Parishioner since 2014, currently living in Midtown The spiritual life has called to me for as long as I can remember though I have not always known how to respond. I’m a seeker by design and therefore have explored many paths to a God-centered existence. What

Brenda Holz

I was born in Sault Ste. Marie in 1954 to Lutheran parents.  They had me baptised in St. Mary's Finnish Lutheran Church in May 1960.  My godmothers were Mary (a friend of my father) and Martha (my mother's friend who lived in Toronto).  Mary was a

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

LET YOUR FACE SHINE UPON YOUR SERVANT by Lucinda M. Vardey Today’s readings perfectly complement the canonization in Rome of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. We can look to many saints in our Church and see how their love of Jesus inspired them to act and serve him in others. 

Geraldine Ymana

A few years ago, I experienced a pivotal time of change in my relationships and career. When I first moved to Toronto, I struggled to nest and call it home. I deeply desired a sense of community and belonging. So, I began to soul search