Sunday, May 28, 2017 – Ascension of the Lord

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Ascension of the Lord

ASCENSION AND COMMUNICATION By Lisa Fernandes Today is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord and World Communications Day; appropriately enough today’s Psalm speaks of shouting, as well as singing praises to God. The Ascension, also known as the Great Commission, followed Jesus’ parting words from the gospel – the last direct encounter of […]

ORGAN BENEDICTION AND CONCERT

FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 7:30PM

After months of extensive restoration, the organ of Saint Basil’s is unveiled in the Rite for the Benediction of an Organ. Join Frs. Chris and Morgan as they bless the newly-restored instrument, and as our Director of Music and Principal Organist, John Paul Farahat, brings it to life!

The short Benediction service will be followed by a brief intermission. The second half of our evening will include a concert of music celebrating the French heritage of the Basilian Fathers.

MAGDALA CONFERENCE IN ROME: SHARING INSIGHTS WITH THE PARISH

From April 28-30, participants from all over the world gathered for an international conference in Rome titled ‘Towards an Intrinsic Feminine Theology.’ Emily and Lucinda presented at this conference and Fr. Chris was in attendance as a representative of the Basilian Fathers who serve as the primary sponsor. This gathering was a tremendous success and we are pleased to share with you a link to an online video offering you an overview of the topics covered and introducing you to some of the presenters: https://youtu.be/P0fxIgRIFjA.

You are also most welcome to attend a gathering in which you can hear Emily’s presentation, Fr. Chris’ insights as a participant, and ask questions about our discoveries as we head into the third season of our Magdala conciliary meetings here in St. Basil’s Parish. Come discover for yourself our community’s exploration of feminine theology on Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00pm in Macrina Hall. All are welcome! No pre-registration is required.

 MASS OF THANKSGIVING & FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR FR. CHRIS

As you know, our community’s Mass of Thanksgiving and farewell reception for Pastor Fr. Chris Valka will take place on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30pm (with reception to follow in the newly renovated parish hall immediately following Mass). In order for things to run smoothly during the reception, volunteers are needed to help put out food, replenish supply, and clean. If you are interested, please contact Stela in the main office. She will record your name and further details will be provided to you by phone or email as we appraoch June 6.

The reception will be a pot luck and your contributions will be gratefully accepted. You do not have to inform the main office about what you intend to bring. Contributions are not mandatory; your presence is most welcome. All we ask is that you kindly observe the following special requests when deciding on items to bring:

-Food is to be delivered 2:00pm onwards on June 6 only (nothing can be stored ahead of time)

-We make a special request for contributions that do not require refrigeration or reheating

If you would like to bring a gift, you may do so in person when you greet Fr. Chris and offer him your best wishes! If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email the office.

PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Mary O’Brien, Claire Fidler, Kam Fung Tem, Angel Martinez, Margaret-Mary McKenzie, Joe Torres, Lucille Mirvish, Celerina Agpoon, Bernice Casey, Concha Gaeitereiro, Clare DeMello, Erika Farncomb, Filomena La Rocca, Joseph Troncone, Hai Luen Liu, Neil McCormack, Jack Gervais, Barbara MacMahon-Firestone, and Loreto Manalo.

PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND

Mark your calendars! On June 24 and 25 St. Vincent de Paul will have a pick-up truck on site for Bundle Up weekend. Volunteers will be on hand to collect donations by the truck before and after all weekend Masses. For a list of items that are accepted, please visit www.ssvptoronto.ca.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: AN UPDATE

Do you wonder how donated money is spent? Jay Nicholson, St. Vincent de Paul’s Treasurer, wishes to inform you that this ministry has virtually no overhead! Of the $69,223 disbursed by the St Basil’s Conference of St Vincent de Paul in 2016, 98.5% went directly to our Neighbours-in-need in the form of food vouchers, clothing vouchers, Christmas baskets, and other assistance through 1373 personal at home visits by 17 volunteer parishioners, who go out 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. The remaining funds were for voucher printing, donor tax receipt postage and mandatory volunteer police background checks. We are an all donation, all volunteer charity outreach arm of your parish at work in your community. Thank you SO MUCH for your support and generosity!

JOHN FORD FIRST SUNDAY

Volunteers will be on hand after all Masses on June 3/4 to collect items or monetary donations for our pantry and outreach ministries. We are most in need of the following items required for our made-in-house menus:

-Oatmeal cookies, digestive cookies, social tea cookies, sandwich cookies, apple sauce, fruit cocktail, jello, pudding

-Vanilla extract, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, raisins, dried cranberries

-Canned chicken, canned diced tomatoes, canned slices black olives

-Seasoned croutons, caesar Salad dressing, olive oil, canola oil, balsamic vinegar

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF:

MAY 28th – JUNE 3rd        

Sunday      Ascension of the Lord 

9:00 –         Corte Sisters (+)

10:30 –       Pro Populo

12:00 –      Joseph Thomas Marotta (+)

4:30-          Ryszard Brzezinski (+)

Monday     

7:30-             Leonor Macalino (+)

12:10-           Theodore and Basil

Tuesday     

7:30 –          Andrew Tiah (liv.)

12:10 –        Fr. Joseph Mancuso (+)

Wednesday   The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary    

7:30 –

12:10 –        Danielle Servos (+)

Thursday    Saint Justin 

7:30–

12:10–         Michael, Alexandria, Fiorina & Ernesto Di Pede (+), and Michael & Loran (liv.)

Friday      

7:30–

12:10–       Vocations

Saturday    Saint Charles Lwnga and Companions

5:00 –