Photos courtesy of Maria di Paolo

Altar Server

Q: What is the purpose?
A: The Altar Servers assist the members of the liturgical assembly by presenting or arranging vessels and other items used in the celebrations and their reverent and efficient service enables other ministers to attend to their own roles while the liturgical actions unfold with calm, order and appropriate decorum. As members of the assembly who are often visible to all, the Altar Servers also model good liturgical participation.

Q: How often do you gather?
A: Altar Servers usually commit to assisting with one of the regular Sunday masses, including the 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday.

Q: Are there any requirements or restrictions to volunteering?
A: Altar Servers must be fully initiated Roman Catholics.

Q: How do I get more information?
A: If you would like to serve as an Altar Server contact the Parish Office by email or by calling 416-926-7110.

Q: I want to be a volunteer, what do I do next?
A: Please fill out the Volunteer Screening forms available in the Parish Office and drop them off in person.

Choir

Q: What is the purpose?
A: Members of the choirs help to lead the congregation in song through hymns, psalms, and Eucharistic acclamations. Depending on the week, their role may also involve singing a choral piece to enhance the prayer of the assembly.

Q: How often do you gather?
A: The St. Basil’s Parish Choir, which sings at the 10:30 Sunday Mass from September to June, meets for weekly rehearsals on Thursdays (7:00-9:00) and before Sunday Mass at 9:45.

The St. Basil’s Singers, which sing at the 4:30 Sunday Mass from September to June, meet at 3:45 prior to the start of the Mass.

Q: Are there any requirements or restrictions to volunteering?
A: A musical background is suggested. Interested individuals will be asked to do a short vocal run-through to determine proper placement in the choir.

Q: How do I get more information?
A: If you would like to serve as a member of a choir, please contact the Director of Music, John Paul Farahat, by email or by calling 416-926-7110.

Eucharistic Minister

Q: What is the purpose?
A: Extraordinary Ministers of Communion serve the Eucharistic life of the community. They are acknowledged by the bishop at the request of the Pastor to assist the celebrant and other Ordinary Ministers during the liturgy in sharing the Eucharistic body and blood of Christ.

Q: How often do you gather?
A: Extraordinary Ministers of Communion assist with serving the eucharistic at all of our masses. Ministers for our Sunday masses, including the 5:00 p.m. Vigil mass on Saturday, serve according to a schedule. Typically ministers serve two to three times in every two month period.

Q: Are there any requirements or restrictions to volunteering?
A: All Extraordinary Ministers of Communion must be fully initiated Roman Catholics. Previous experience is not necessary and training is provided.

Q: How do I get more information?
A: If you would like to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion, please contact the Parish Office by email or by calling 416-926-7110.

Q: I want to be a volunteer, what do I do next?
A: Please fill out the Volunteer Screening forms available in the Parish Office and drop them off in person.

Hospitality Ministers

Q: What is the purpose?
A: Minsters of Hospitality are also called Ushers and Greeters. They welcome people to our Church at all of the Sunday masses, at the 5:00 p.m. Vigil mass on Saturday, at services/masses of the Easter Triduum and at Christmas. They also assist with various functions during the mass to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

Q: How often do you gather?
A: Ushers usually commit to helping at one mass on a regular basis.

Q: Are there any requirements or restrictions to volunteering?
A: Previous experience is not necessary and training is provided.

Q: How do I get more information?
A: If you would like to serve as an Usher please contact the Parish Office by email or by calling 416-926-7110.

Q: I want to be a volunteer, what do I do next?
A: Please fill out the Volunteer Screening forms available in the Parish Office and drop them off in person.

Lector

Q: What is the purpose?
A: The Lector serves the liturgical assembly by proclaiming Sacred Scripture during the Liturgy of the Word.

Q: How often do you gather?
A: Lectors participate at of our masses. Lectors for our Sunday masses, including the 5:00 p.m. Vigil mass on Saturday, serve according to a schedule. Typically ministers serve two to three times in every two month period.

Q: Are there any requirements or restrictions to volunteering?
A: Lectors should have strong, clear voices and the ability to read aloud, confidently, with the aid of a microphone, in a large worship space. Previous experience is not necessary and training is provided. Lectors must be baptized Christians.

Q: How do I get more information?
A: If you would like to serve as a Lector please contact the Parish Office by email or by calling 416-926-7110.

Q: I want to be a volunteer, what do I do next?
A: Please fill out the Volunteer Screening forms available in the Parish Office and drop them off in person.