December 9, 2018 | The Second Sunday of Advent

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for December 2018:

Evangelization – In the Service of the Transmission of Faith

That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.

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How R.C.I.A. Brought Me to Seek the Kingdom of God

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2019 Parish Envelopes

A new calendar year is fastly approaching! Parish envelopes will be available for pickup beginning the weekend of November 17/18 in the back of the Church. Like last year, 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. If you have not used envelopes but would now like to, please stop by the parish office to pick up a box and to register as a parishioner.

Pre-Authorized Giving (P.A.G.)

Please consider switching to Pre-Authorized Giving (P.A.G.), it’s an automated withdrawal which is simpler for both you and the parish. Please contact Margaret, the Parish Office Manager, for more information at (416) 926-7110.

Advent Vespers & Mass

Come join and mark the Advent season with our Advent Vespers and Mass on Saturday, December 15 at 5:00PM. This wonderful service combines the ancient office of Vespers with the Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist. This annual tradition helps us prepare for Christmas. Join us for a time of contemplation with prayer, chant, psalmody, and choral music. All are welcome.

The Basil Brigade Needs You!

On Sunday, December 23 following the 12:00PM Mass, join our cleaning and decorating party. Many hands help to make for light work. We will spend the afternoon sprucing up the church, preparing for the Christmas services on the two following days. RSVP not required. Contact Michael for more information: michael.pirri@utoronto.ca

Sunday Missals & Blue Books

The 2019 Living with Christ Sunday Missals are now available for sale through the parish office for $5.00. We will also be offering an illustrated version, Sunday Missal for Young Catholics for $10.00 suitable for children. These should be available in the coming weeks. The Advent Little Blue Books also available for sale in the parish office. These books serve as a wonderful tool for guided prayer and reflection during the Advent season.

The Gospel of Luke: Session 2

Join us in exploring the Living Word of God through the lens of the Gospel of Luke—the gospel read this liturgical year. This four session series is an opportunity to enrich our understanding of Luke’s distinct portrait of Jesus and discipleship as presented by the evangelist. You need not have attended our first session to attend an upcoming one. Our upcoming sessions are:

  • December 12 The events leading to and including Jesus’ birth and the start of his ministry
  • February 6 Jesus’ ministry and teaching
  • March 13 The passion narrative and the Risen Jesus

Sessions take place from 7PM-8:30PM in Macrina Hall. Although registration is not required, it is encouraged so as to better prepare to welcome everyone. For more information or to register please contact Marilena, our Director of Family Ministry: marilena.berardinelli@utoronto.ca.

Additional Opportunities for Sacrament of Reconciliation

Prepare your heart for Christmas. Join thousands taking part in the Week of Confessions this Advent. During the week of December 17-21, there will be additional opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 11:00AM to 12:00PM before the weekday 12:10PM Mass. Additionally, the Sacrament will be made available from 3:00PM to 5:00PM on Saturday, December 22nd. Confessions are also available by appointment by contacting the parish office at (416) 926-7110.

Helping the Needy at Christmas

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is making its Christmas appeal to help needy families during the holiday season, which can be especially challenging for the less fortunate. You will find a special Christmas envelope in today’s bulletin, and extra 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 in the parish 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 many of the more than 200 households we serve. Every donation, small or large, has a big impact. 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.

Mass Intentions

December 9–15, 2018

Sunday Second Sunday of Advent
9:00AM Nicola Bellissario (+)
10:30AM Pro Populo
12:00PM Evelyn and Virgil Farage (+,+)
4:30PM Joseph and Angela LaForgia (+,+)
   
Monday
7:30AM Donna Schiekewy (liv.)
12:10PM Pedro Bolo Jr. (+)
   
Tuesday  
7:30AM Anita Farand Valade (+)
12:10PM Pedro Bolo Jr. (+), Arthur Barthos (+)
   
Wednesday   Our Lady of Guadalupe
7:30AM Louisa Dos Santos (liv.)
12:10PM Stefan and Anna Papez (+,+)
Thursday St. Lucy
7:30AM Paul Pham (+)
12:10PM Dr. and Mrs. Fitzhenry (+,+), Sally Lianko (liv.), Mr. and Mrs. Weatherhead (+,+) Lina Ciavarella (+), Mai O’Connor (+), Carmen D’Cruz (+), John Fernandes(+)
   
Friday
7:30AM Thomas Aquinas Boyle (+)
12:10PM Luigi and Lina Ciavarella (+,+)
   
Saturday  
5:00PM Pat Quane (+)

PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Lucy Rietveld Bowers, Mary O’Brien, Clare DeMello, Erika Farncomb, Roberto Martello, Gemma Ciavarelal, Filomena Larocca, Joseph Troncone, Rebecca Beaton, Gemma Ciavarella, Rita Moran, Marie Ange, Paul O’Brien, Carry Eillen, Shane Carroll, Maria Teresa Blackwell, Donna Wood, Romulus DeMello, Neil McCormack, Alexander Wu, Desmond Brownlee, Emilia Perejmybida, Young-Mi Sim, Marywynne Parke, and Jasper David-Fuchs.

PRAY FOR THE DECEASED, especially, Armando Payad, Jr.

Are you able to make contributions to the bulletin? Please contact our Director of Community Engagement, Michael for more information.