BELONGING TO ST. BASIL’S
Since 1856, the students, faculty and staff of the University of St. Michael’s College have contemplated their lives and purpose of education inside the walls of St. Basil’s Church. Today, St. Basil’s is the most well recognized Catholic symbol of the College, both as a building and as a centre of the sacramental life. The towering steeple rises above the campus for all in the community to see, and its message is amplified across the country through the national broadcast of its daily Masses.
As a collegiate church, St. Basil’s is the place of encounter with God and other people. Students are connected to the wider community, where the rich and poor gather; where people come in baptism and in death; where families come to ask God into the midst of their struggles. St. Basil’s is the place where questions are more important than answers; where mystery is embraced; where Truth is not proven, but encountered through relationship.
Much as they have since St. Michael’s founding, the Basilian Fathers continue to preach and teach goodness, discipline and knowledge in and around the walls of the sacred space. As the “Mother Church” of the Basilians, it is located just across the street from their curial offices and serves as a gathering place for the community to celebrate with fellow teachers, and former and present students. In this respect, St. Basil’s contains the living history of USMC.
Part of that history speaks to the wish of Captain John Elmsley when he donated the land to the Basilians: that a college and church be built together for future generations. Elmsley was a firm believer in the strength of education and the grace of the Eucharist. Decades later, students, faculty, staff, alumni and so many members of the community remain connected to St. Michael’s as they gather around the Eucharist.
Any given day, the high gothic ceilings look down on students and staff quietly praying in the silence. A few times a day, some of those same people will gather with others to remind themselves that their education is always at the service of others, as instructed by the Gospel.
Belonging leads to believing.
We believe that an authentic culture of encounter begins with a strong, dynamic community.
Whether you are new here, or have been attending for years, we invite you to become an active part of our Parish.
AS A UNIVERSITY STUDENT. . . just drop in at the parish office to meet Fr. Chris or one of the staff (many of whom are students themselves) to figure out how to be more involved. Information about parish activities can be found in the News Section of this site; and of course, you should come to Mass!
AS A NEW PARISHIONER. . . it is always helpful to register with the parish. Registration forms are in the vestibule or in the main office and can returned in the collection basket or the office. Then you should connect with our Social & Community Coordinator, Leanna, to find out how you may belong. In advance of that conversation, you may want to scroll through our list of ministries to find out how you can volunteer or be a part of a group. Information about parish activities can be found in the News Section of this site; and of course, you should come to Mass!
AS A COUPLE. . . you should connect with Fr. Chris if you are preparing for marriage. If you have young children, then know there are lots of young families around. On any given Sunday, there are a fair amount of strollers in the pews and we have activities for parents on Mat or Pat-Leaves during the day. Of course, you may also want to look at the list of ministries to find out how you can be more involved. Information about parish activities can be found in the News Section of this site; and of course, you should come to Mass!
LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
God loves you so much that He will not stop searching for you, reaching out to you, seeking you.
Saint Augustine, a convert to the faith at age 33, once said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
Jesus wants to invite you back into His big, warm and loving Catholic family in the Church He founded 2,000 years ago. He’s calling you home, but the choice is yours…
We are family. We’ve missed you. Welcome home!
We know that you have lots of questions, and we are happy to answer as many questions as we can. In the meantime, there are some great resources listed on the page below. This list is comprised of books and several online video and audio resources.
For a full list of resources, CLICK HERE.
You may also want to check our our Faith Formation Program, entitled CREED: Catholicism Rediscovered
If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith, then these videos with Fr. Robert Barron are good places to start as they offer good insights into what we believe. Should you decide to watch some of these, it would be a great thing to schedule some time with Fr. Chris to talk about them after you watch them.
Who Is Jesus?
What Christians Mean by God?
The Key to Joy
One Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church
The Mystery of the Eucharist