St. John’s Liturgy & The Oriental Eastern Catholic Church

madonnaMany years ago, University Chancellor George Ignatieff and Chaplain Fr. David Belden, both Eastern Orthodox, supported and encouraged establishing University Oriental Catholic chaplaincy.  This expression of the Faith shares common ancient faith traditions with one third billion oriental Christians in the Holy Land, the East beyond Western Europe and now in Canada and around God’s good earth.

St. Basil’s has hosted this presence for several years now.  In joyful prayer, praise and song, parishioners and visitors celebrate Eucharistic Divine Liturgy to show our love for God and God’s people and all creation.

“As Oriental or Eastern Catholics we pray for the fullness of fellowship between Roman Catholic sisters and brothers with whom we are in full communion and fellow easterners with whom we wish to restore the oneness God wills for all of us,” says Fr. Eugene, Celebrant of the Liturgy

Members gather on the first Sunday of each month from September to June, at 2:00 PM in the main sanctuary of St. Basil’s Church.

There is a booklet to help people know how to pray with the liturgy.  Simply show up as you would for a Latin Rite Mass.  Like a Latin Rite Mass, liturgies are in English and last about one hour.

For more information:

You can contact the parish office at office@stbasiltoronto.org or 416-926-7110 or Fr. Eugene Morishita-Miki at 416-461-7991.