Sunday, December 10, 2017 – Second Sunday of Advent

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

FROM WHAT DO WE NEED SAVING? By Emily VanBerkum (Student at the Faculty of Theology) This week’s gospel reading is about Jesus’ gift of salvation. During Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, he stops briefly in Jericho and encounters Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector, sitting in a sycamore tree. Jesus calls Zacchaeus down from the tree and […]

Ministry of the Sick and Homebound

We are currently updating our records for the Ministry of the Sick and Homebound. If you are already involved in this ministry, or are interested in learning more, please contact Jessica via email at or by phone at (416) 926-1300 x. 3413

A Catholic Goes to the Movies

A Catholic Goes to the Movies is a collection of thirty-seven film reviews by Father Daniel Callam, C.S.B. “[…]thoroughly enjoyable and beautifully written, with humour and penetrating exegesis.” —Michael D. Obrien, artist and author There will be an opportunity to purchase the book, as well as a book signing following the 10:30AM Mass at Coffee Hour on December 10.

Day of Confessions

From December 10 to 16, 2017, each parish in the Archdiocese of Toronto will be holding a Day of Confessions​. This week, let us make the journey into the heart of our relationship with God. Take a long, loving look at the ways God calls us to grow. Take this challenge and hold it in readiness for the rich blessing that is manifest in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. At St. Basil’s, additional opportunity for Confession will be available on Thursday, December 14 during the following times: 9:00AM–12:00PM; 6:30PM–8:00PM.

Society of St. Vincent dePaul

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is making its annual Christmas appeal to help needy families during the holiday season, which can be especially challenging for the less fortunate. You can find a special Christmas envelope in today’s bulletin, and more envelopes are at the back of the church. Through your support, volunteers at St. Basil’s will deliver Christmas dinner food vouchers to families and individuals who are living on social assistance, who face health issues, or who are simply down on their luck. We will also help parents buy gifts for their children. We hope to brighten the day of Jesus’ birth for some 200 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 give them to the St. Vincent members who staff the poor boxes. Tax receipts will be sent to donors who provide names and addresses on the envelopes. Please make cheques payable to: Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. Thank you for your kind support!

Church Envelopes

A new calendar year is quickly approaching! Parish envelopes are available for pickup in the back of the Church starting this weekend. Please note that in contrast to previous years, the labels will be placed on the top of the envelope boxes. If you have used envelopes this year, please be sure to only pick up a box with your number and name on it.

This Tuesday December 12 from 7:00-8:30 St. Basil’s will be hosting a session on the Billings Ovulation Method.

The session will be facilitated by Therersa Lacrina, Nurse Practitioner, Professor at Centennial College and Natural Family Planning Formation Leader.

The gathering is an opportunity to learn how the method can help you either postpone or achieve pregnancy.

The session (free of charge) is our parishes initiative to help you explore the subject in the company of an expert and to accompany you in informing your discernment of this particular topic in Catholic moral teaching.

Although both partners are invited, feel free to attend alone or bring a friend. Please confirm your attendance by email with our Director of Family Ministry ( or calling the Parish Office.

USMC Schola Cantorum

The University of St. Michael’s College Schola Cantorum, directed by Michael O’Connor, presents Begotten of Light. Featuring selections from a thousand years of seasonal choral music, including plainchant, Hildegard, Tallis, Victoria, Lassus, Billings, MacMillan, Biebl — not forgetting Anonymous. December 11 at 7:30pm St. Basil’s Catholic Parish Admission is free, donations are welcome to provide support to families in need at Christmas.


December 10-16, 2017

SUNDAY Second Sunday of Advent
9:00AM Gloria Tansingco (liv.)
10:30AM Pro Populo
12:00PM Rae, Marie, and Sandra Forrester (+,+,+)
4:30PM Dorothy Hannam (+)
7:30AM Lorenz Thalheimer (+)
12:10PM Kitty McAlearey (+)
TUESDAY Our Lady of Guadalupe
7:30AM Rector Bolado (+)
12:10PM Stefan and Anna Papez (+,+), Eugene Madden (+), Manuel and Julieta Lim (+,+)
7:30AM Daniel Teh (liv.)
12:10PM Lina Ciavarella (+)
THURSDAY St. John of the Cross
7:30AM Sarah Guendouz (liv.)
12:10PM Leonardo Escobar (+), Pat Criscuolo (liv.), Albert Rosettis (+)
7:30AM John Patrick King and Kathleen Angus (+,+)
12:10PM Luigi and Lina Ciavarella (+,+)
5:00PM Joseph and Thomas Boyle (+,+)

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, Lucy Rietveld Bowers, Donna Wood, Clare DeMello, Erika Farncomb, Roberto Martello, Filomena La Rocca, Joseph Troncone, Hai Luen Liu, Neil McCormack, Barbara MacMahon-Firestone, and Alexander Wu.

PRAY FOR THE DECEASED, especially, Robert Thomson.

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