June 9, 2019 Pentecost Sunday

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for June 2019:

The Mode of Life of Priests

That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are most poor.

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First Sunday of Advent

KEEP AWAKE By Lucinda M. Vardey Advent with its short, dark days, is a period for preparation. While Christmas tunes are piped through the malls, and gifts are being bought and wrapped, it takes discipline to focus on what we are really preparing for.   Baking seasonal cookies with a friend, we could be one of […]

Altar Servers Needed

 Altar Servers assist the members of the liturgical assembly by presenting or arranging vessels and other items used in the celebration of the Mass.

Their reverent and efficient services enable other ministers to attend to their own roles while the liturgical actions unfold in a noble simplicity. As members of the assembly who are visible to all, the Altar Servers also model good liturgical participation. We are currently recruiting Altar Servers for the Saturday 5:00pm and Sunday 4:30pm Masses. Interested men and women are asked to contact Michael at michael.pirri@utoronto.ca or (416) 926-1300 x.3210


Congratulations to Father James Sand, SJ on his Ordination. Deacon James was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 8, in Milwaukee. Over the past year, Deacon James has been stationed here at St. Basil’s; he will return later in June to assist in the Parish before his departure to Toledo. Please keep Father James in your prayers over the coming weeks.


Clover Hill Park

Work has now begun on Clover Hill Park (on the northwest corner of Saint Joseph St. and Bay St.) and will progress through the spring and summer with expected completion before the end of 2019. The work will connect the park with the walkway which runs perpendicular to Bay Street to the northeast of the church. Added features include new benches, a water fountain, and the planting of additional greenery along the driveway and in the park. For more information regarding the work in Clover Hill Park, please contact Michael at (416) 926-1300 x. 3210 or michael.pirri@utoronto.ca

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 johnpaul.farahat@utoronto.ca

Parish BBQ & Ministry Fair

Parish staff is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Parish BBQ and Ministry Fair on Sunday, June 9 from 11:00am to 2:00pm in Scollard Park, the park on the west side of the church.

If you are available to lending a helping hand at the BBQ, please contact Michael at michael.pirri@utoronto.ca or (416) 926-1300 x3210

Church Bulletin Advertising

Liturgical Publications is setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in June 2019 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. For more information, please call Liturgical Publications at (905) 624-4422

PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Clare DeMello, Roberto Martello, Filomena Larocca, Rebecca Beaton, Gemma Ciavarella, Gordon Walsh, Michael West, Rita Moran, Paul O’Brien, Barbara Boyle, Maria Teresa Blackwell, Margaret Mary McKenzie, Jose Gaitero, Romulus DeMello, Margaret-Mary McKenzie, Neil McCormack, Alexander Wu, Desmond Brownlee, Emilia Perejmybida, Hilary McCormack, and Jasper David-Fuchs.

PRAY FOR THE DECEASED, especially, Shane Beal, Jean Gracias, and Rowena Jose Rabacal

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