Olga Tolentino

I was one of the parishioners that got displaced because of the renovations at St.Michael’s Cathedral.  The decision to go to St. Basils was not one that I had taken lightly.  Just as I had done at St. Michael’s Cathedral, I chose a church that

Dane & Anne McCarthy

Our story begins with our wedding in August 1962. We were a young couple full of hopes and dreams for our future. Fast forward 18 years and 4 children later- we still loved one another but our relationship was bogged down in frustration with time demands,

Christiane Kokko

It took me days to figure out what my story is --- not because I don’t know it but because I want it to inspire others and in particular myself.  I have to admit that the last bump in the road in my life has been

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE NARROW GATEKEEPER By: John Dalla Costa At one of our last RCIA gatherings earlier this year, we experienced the prayerful immersion in scripture that is at the heart of the Catechesis of The Good Shepherd. Designed for very young children, this particular prayer used woodcut figures,

Mariann Dunsmore

This year, 2016, I turned 60 and I found myself more looking back than forward. The other huge reality for me is aging, and looking forward does mean taking seriously that Parable of The Talents from the Gospel of St. Matthew, chapter 25, verses 14-30.

Corazon Bueno

Parishioner since 1993, currently living in North York “When I moved to Toronto, St. Basil’s was one of the first churches I found, and I have been coming ever since. There is a sense of harmony, silence and peace in this place – it draws you

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

OUR PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED by Lucinda M. Vardey Many of us carry around lists of the needs of all the people, projects and problems we ask God to solve. We light candles in church, we pray the rosary, we have Masses said, and we ask others to join

The Ascension of the Lord

BE STILL By Tina Sibbald Have you ever lost someone important to you, and wished that you had one more chance at a final exchange – something you need to tell that person, or need to know; a proper farewell and closure which brings peace? Accounts of

Sixth Sunday of Easter

GUIDED BY THE SPIRIT By: Elizabeth Chesley-Jewell In our gospel this week Jesus tells his disciples, “the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” The Holy Spirit here

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

DISCERNING GOD’S MOVEMENT OF THE HEART By Emily VanBerkum From the first reading, it is clear that Paul and Barnabas were busy missionaries, creating what John described as a “home for God among humans.” But what motivated this missionary activity- and fertile soil in which the