Sunday, September 24, 2017 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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TESTING MIND AND HEART by Lucinda M. Vardey The readings for this Sunday turn what our cultures consider normal or usual to the obscure ways of God, always a mystery to our human reasoning. We are told by Isaiah to seek God while God may be found: from the psalm that God’s presence is near, […]

Saint Vincent dePaul

At the Weekend Masses on September 30 & October 1, there will be a special, second collection for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. Envelopes will be available in the pews and at the back of the church, as well as in the regular weekly envelope packets.

“This fundraising helps provide food, clothing, beds and other key supplies to some 200 of the neediest households in our parish.”

We visit our neighbours in their homes to help those with mental and physical infirmities, abused women, single parents and children, students, new Canadians, and those who are just down on their luck. The Society is run by volunteers, and there is virtually no overhead cost. More than 98 cents of every dollar goes directly to the needy. Donations are tax deductible.

The parishioners of St. Basil’s have always supported these appeals, and our St. Vincent de Paul team is one of the most active in the city. We hope that you can find it in your hearts to respond generously.

Thank You!

Blessing of the Animals

In observance of St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day, there will be a special blessing for any pets on Saturday, September 30th, at 10:00AM. Be sure to join us with your furry friends outside the east doors of the church for the annual Blessing of the Animals.


Mark your calendars! From Wednesday, September 27 to Saturday, September 30, the USMC used book sale is being held at Father Madden Hall, located in Carr Hall, 100 St. Joseph Street. The USMC book sale raises funds for the Kelly Library, part of the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.

For more information, please visit

Theology on Tap

Faith Connections and The Office of Catholic Youth (OCY) present — Theology on Tap: Synods (Past, Present, Future). Talk given by Dr. Michael Attridge, Professor of Systematic Theology, Christology, and Vatican II courses at The University of St. Michael’s College. Young Adults aged 19-39 are encouraged to attend the talk on Monday, September 25, 7:00PM. Talks take place at the Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto. For more information, visit

Come & See

The Daughters of St. Paul are hosting a Come & See Weekend: A vocational discernment retreat for young women. The retreat runs from September 29, to October 1, and includes: Daily Mass, Morning and Evening Prayer, Conferences, Eucharistic Adoration, and a Silent Retreat Day.

Single women aged 18-33 are invited to contact Sr. Helena Raphael for more information at or (617) 850-5584

R.C.I.A. at St. Basil’s

 The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (known as ‘R.C.I.A’) is a very special and intensive program designed for adults over the age of eighteen seeking reception into the Roman Catholic Church, or for baptized Catholics looking to learn more about Roman Catholic theology and practice. At St. Basil’s, our R.C.I.A. program runs for nearly 30 weeks and explores a variety of topics dealing with the sacramental life and real-world discipleship. Our program draws in an exciting line-up of speakers from the Toronto School of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College, and Basilian Fathers.

Whether you are seeking to receive the Sacraments of Initiation and convert to Roman Catholicism, or you are already a long-time fully-initiated Roman Catholic, come and discover the Catholic faith anew!

If you are interested in learning more about the R.C.I.A. program, please contact Jessica, the Coordinator of the program for more information. She can be reached at

John Ford Food Drive

The next John Ford First Sunday Food Drive will take place on the weekend of September 30-October 1. Although all donations are most certainly welcome, we are most in need of:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned kidney beans, chickpeas
  • All sorts of cookies
  • Apple sauce
  • Fruit cocktail
  • cake mixes
  • muffin liners
  • soft granola bars
  • fruit cups

Thank you!

USMC Schola Cantorum

The Schola Cantorum of the University of St. Michael’s College directed by Michael O’Connor is joined by The Musicians In Ordinary, led by violinist Christopher Verrette to perform the Polychoral Mass in D by Ignacio de Jerusalem. Friday,

September 29, 8 p.m.

Admission is free

Calling Green Thumbs

The flower ministry at St. Basil’s needs volunteers to regularly maintain and help with the flower arrangements. If you are interested in offering an hour each week to keep our church and sanctuary beautiful and fresh, please contact Michael.

Our surrounding gardens also need regular maintenance – weeding, pruning and keeping clean. If you love to garden and could volunteer your services twice a month, please also contact Michael

Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins

October 1, 2017: Compassion and Humility Sirach 3:11-31

All are welcome to attend Lectio Divina on Sunday October 1st, at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. Vespers (evening prayer) begins at 7:00PM, followed by Lectio Divina from 7:30 to 8:15PM.


September 24th – September 30rd  

SUNDAY 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
9:00AM Felipe Macalino (+)
10:30AM Pro Populo
12:00PM Joseph and Thomas Boyle (+,+)
4:30PM Patrick Joseph O’Donnell (+)
12:10PM Ryszard Kazmierczak (+)
12:10PM Maureen Sewell (+), Angela Puopolo(liv.)
WEDNESDAY St. Vincent dePaul
12:10PM Camille Olga Claudette Kneider (+)
7:30AM Sr. Cabrini Fahlman (liv.)
12:10PM Emma Alponzi (+)
FRIDAY St. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels
7:30AM David Myung and Family 
12:10PM Howard Shaughnessy (+)
5:00PM Dr. Romulo Javier (liv.)

PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Mary O’Brien, Claire Fidler, Kam Fung Tem, Angel Martinez, Margaret-Mary McKenzie, Joe Torres, Rita Moran, Celerina Agpoon, Bernice Casey, Concha Gaeitereiro, Clare DeMello, Gerald Dunlevie, Erika Farncomb, Filomena La Rocca, Joseph Troncone, Hai Luen Liu, Neil McCormack, Barbara MacMahon-Firestone, and Alexander Wu.


Are you able to make contributions to the bulletin? Please contact our Social & Community Coordinator, Michael for more information.