December 8 – Advent II

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Calendars

Calendars By Marilena Berardinelli I recently visited a JK/SK classroom in the context of our parish’s mission of evangelization in the spirit of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. To begin our “wondering” together about the seasons of the church, I asked the children what I thought was a simple question: “What is a calendar?” […]

Support the Society of St. Vincent dePaul

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is making its annual Christmas appeal to help the needy during the holiday season. There was a special Christmas envelope in last week’s bulletin, and envelopes at the back of the church. With your support, volunteers at St. Basil’s will help single people and families buy Christmas dinner. We will also help parents buy gifts for their children. We hope to brighten the day of Jesus’ birth for hundreds of adults and young people. Every donation, small or large, makes a difference. You can return the envelopes by placing them in the regular collections at Masses throughout December. You can also hand them in at the parish office, or drop them into the poor boxes. Tax receipts will be sent to those who provide names and addresses. Please make cheques payable to: Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. God bless you for your prayers and support.

Corporate Retreat Program

We are now accepting bookings for our corporate retreat program, which runs on select Thursday mornings. The Program includes a presentation on systematic poverty in the city, as well as a service component to help our neighbours in need. The program can accommodate a group of 8-12 individuals, and runs from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. If you are interested in booking a date, please contact Michael Pirri at michael.pirri@utoronto.ca or (416) 926-2075

Thursday Vespers in Advent

All are invited to join as we celebrate sung Vespers, led by two cantors and organ, on the remaining Thursdays in Advent (December 12, and 19) at 5:10PM following Adoration. We hope that you will join us in the sanctuary for this prayerful experience.

Welcome Deacon Kevin

Kevin grew up in Ottawa and entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 2011 after working for 12 years in a multinational pharmaceutical company where he held a number of leadership positions in Canada, the US and Europe. He was ordained a transitional deacon in October 2019 and is preparing for his priestly ordination next spring. As part of his formation, Kevin will serve throughout the year. Kevin is currently studying theology at Regis College at the University of Toronto. He hopes to finish these studies in May 2020. Kevin’s interests include spiritual direction, integrating Ignatian spirituality into the business context, and working with those in recovery from addiction. Kevin is a member of the Ignatian Spirituality Project in Toronto, a retreat program that supports those in recovery who have experienced homelessness. Kevin has been a parishioner at St. Basil’s at various times when he has lived in Toronto and is happy to be back with this dynamic faith community.

Regis College Public Courses

Two new Windows on Theology continuous learning courses are now open for registration at Regis College. Understanding Sacred Space: Exploring Western Religious Architecture (led by architect Roberto Chiotti; Wednesdays from Jan 15 – Feb 19, 6 PM – 8 PM) Ecological Wisdom: Righting Our Relationships With Each Other and the Earth (led by Dr. Mark Hathaway of the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice; Wednesdays from Feb 26 – April 1, 11 AM to 1 PM) Courses are six sessions each, and open to all interested members of the public. Registration is $175 per course, and all sessions are held in the Regis College chapel (100 Wellesley Street West). To learn more or to register, visit regiscollege.ca/WOT Alternatively, call 416.922.5474 or e-mail regis.communications@utoronto.ca

PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Sue Banfield, Rebecca Beaton, Barbara Boyle, Desmond Brownlee, Anne C., Gemma Ciavarella, Josephine D’amico, Jasper David-Fuchs, Clare DeMello, Romulus DeMello, Erika Farncomb, Jose Gaitero, Maryanne Hodges, Roberto Martello, Margaret Mary McKenzie, Neil McCormack, Hilary McCormack, Rosy Menezes, Rita Moran, Mary O’Brien, Paul O’Brien, Delaila Salvador, Erin Sullivan, Kham Tang, Betty Veit, and Alexander Wu.

PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.

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