June 17: The Jesus Stories

WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM? This Christological question was at the heart of our discussion this week as we contemplated and shared our favourite stories of Jesus.  The stories are below, and you are encouraged to read and re-discover your own favourite story of

June 11: Marriage and Family Life

In anticipation of the upcoming Synod on Family Life (to be held in Rome in October), our Wednesday Night discussion focused on case studies (all hypothetical, but could be real) concerning family and marriage issues that are presented in the parish.  While not all of

Pentecost Sunday

COME HOLY SPIRIT! By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB Today marks the great Feast of Pentecost. Spiritually, it is one of the great three feasts of the year alongside Christmas and Easter. It is the birthday of the Church; the day we receive all that we need to

June 4: Catholic Vocabulary

Below are some of the words we discussed this past Wednesday evening: Amen:  A Hebrew word meaning truly; it is so; let it be done, signifying agreement with what has been said. The prayers of the New Testament and of the Church's liturgy, and the Creeds,

May 28: The Laity (Part Two)

Questions for Reflection: The Primary mission of the laity is to help others encounter the risen Christ.  To help others because disciples; to help transform the structures of the world so that they support and foster all that is truly human and reflect God’s loving purposes. How

Sixth Sunday of Easter

THE INNER ABIDING By Lucinda M. Vardey In today’s gospel Jesus teaches us how a commitment to a loving relationship with the Trinity offers us the opportunity to experience the inner presence of God. This presence is made possible by the Divine embrace between him and the

May 21: The Laity (Part One)

What the Canons Say about the Obligations and Rights of All the Christian Faithful  CAN. 208 From their rebirth in Christ, there exists among all the Christian faithful a true equality regarding dignity and action by which they all cooperate in the building up of the Body

Participation at Mass: Then and Now

CONTRIBUTED BY ED MONAHAN I first became a member of St. Basil’s parish in 1944, some 70 years ago. Over this lengthy period I have seen and welcomed significant changes in the Eucharist liturgy, the community sacrifice that rests at the very centre of our faith.

Fifth Sunday of Easter

THE THINKING HEART By:  John Dalla Costa St. Paul’s audacious commission links and unlocks today’s readings. “You are a chosen race,” he writes, “ a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation.” Trained as Pharisee, Peter transposed a concept from Exodus, when the people of Israel were declared