Second Sunday of Lent

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for March 2019:

Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities

That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

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A Radical Choice

A Radical Choice By Fr. Morgan Rice, CSB An article (Nov. 12, 2017) in the online version of The Globe and Mail describes how Wilma and Cliff Derksen handled the death of their daughter Candace who was murdered in the mid-1980s in Manitoba. A darkness faced them: “an abyss of sadness and anger that could […]

Aid to Women: Bottle Campaign

 Aid to Women is a Christian charity offering practical help to pregnant women in crisis, enabling them to choose life for their unborn children. In addition to providing counseling, they provide material, emotional, spiritual and financial support for these mothers in need. Representatives from Aid to Women will be at the back of the church after each mass the weekend of MARCH 16/17, handing out their baby bottles that contain more information about the campaign. You are asked to return the bottles to the parish with your donation on the weekend of April 13th and 14th. 100% of the donations received go directly to Aid to Women’s life affirming work.

Readers Group

All are welcome to join on Tuesday, April 9th, at 7:00PM for a potluck supper and discussion. Over Lent, the St. Basil’s Readers Group is reading Seven Last Words by James Martin, SJ. The book is a meditation on the seven last phrases Jesus spoke from the cross. The book shows how each phrase reveals how much Jesus participated in our human condition, and how each saying can help you feel close to Jesus. Please contact Michael to RSVP and confirm your contribution to the Potluck Supper.

If you would like to join the Readers Group, please contact Michael at or (416) 926-1300 x.3210

Letter from Cardinal Collins

His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins has prepared a Pastoral Letter for Lent 2019, offering tangible reflections on how we can use this most holy time of year as a period of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Cardinal Collins also invites us become more engaged in the efforts of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. Copies of the letter are available in the Parish Office and at the back of the church, or by visiting

USMC Lenten Retreat

Please join the University of St. Michael’s College Community for their Twilight Retreat led by Sr. Linda Gregg, CSJ, as they explore the theme The Good News of Creation: Finding our Common Home. March 26 &  27. The evening will begin with supper and fellowship in Charbonnel Lounge at USMC, attendees will then cross the street to Loretto College for the retreat, quiet reflection and Eucharist in Loretto’s lovely chapel. $30 for dinner, free for USMC students. For Information and registration contact USMC Alumni Affairs at (416) 926-2331, email:

Save the Date

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the installation of Saint Basil’s 1919 Casavant Frères organ. In celebration of this occasion, Saint Basil’s is thrilled to be able to welcome OLIVIER LATRY, Organist of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and Professor of Organ at the Paris Conservatory, for a solo organ concert at Saint Basil’s on the evening of Friday, November 22, 2019. The evening concert will be free, though a reservation will be required through Eventbrite. Reservation details will be made available in the coming months. Stay tuned for more details as they become available! Please contact John Paul Farahat, the Director of Music and Principal Organist, for more information at

Stations of the Cross

 Join us on Fridays during Lent for the Stations of the Cross. Each week we will join in prayer beginning with Vespers, at 5:10PM followed by the Stations of the Cross. Each week during Lent, we will use a different variation of the Stations of the Cross. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Michael at (416) 926-1300 x.3210 or

Serra Club

The Serra Club of Downtown Toronto invites all parishioners to attend a luncheon talk on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 following the 12:10 PM Mass. The Serra Club of Toronto is pleased to inform you that there will be two guest speakers and they will share their experience at the recent World Youth Day in Panama: Jean Ko Din, from the Catholic Register and Andrew Santos, from the Archdiocesan Communications Office. The lunch and talk will take place immediately after the 12:10 Mass, in Macrina Hall. Please RSVP to the Parish office (416) 926-7110 or, for catering purposes.

PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Lucy Rietveld Bowers, Mary O’Brien, Clare DeMello, Erika Farncomb, Roberto Martello, Filomena Larocca, Joseph Troncone, Rebecca Beaton, Gemma Ciavarella, Gordon Walsh, Rita Moran, Marie Ange, Paul O’Brien, Barbara Boyle, Carry Eillen, Maria Teresa Blackwell, Margaret Mary McKenzie, Jose Gaitero, Ed Brash, Shane Carroll, Romulus DeMello, Neil McCormack, Alexander Wu, Desmond Brownlee, Emilia Perejmybida, Helen Tilston, Young-Mi Sim, Marywynne Parke, and Jasper David-Fuchs.,

PRAY FOR THE DECEASED, especially, Donna Wood, and Jim Rothwell.

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