27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
New Director of Faith Formation!
JoAnn M. Lopez, MDiv. is joining our parish team as the new Director of Faith Formation. JoAnn received her Masters of Divinity from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and spent seven years as Campus Minister for Liturgy at Seattle University. She is currently pursuing a Community Worker Diploma at George Brown College, to deepen her expertise in community engagement and anti-oppressive practice.
JoAnn grew up in India and Singapore, where she learned the importance of hospitality, inclusion, sharing meals, and how to live in a diverse world. She enjoys listening to stories, creating spaces for reflection and connection, and accompanying people in their journey. She is passionate about imagination as a tool which empowers us to dream and partner with God’s work in our world. JoAnn is excited to connect with parishioners and hear your hopes for faith formation at St. Basil’s – say hello to her at Sunday Masses!
Indigenous Healing & Reconciliation Fund
Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto are invited to participate in the collection being held the weekend of October 1/2 to support the Indigenous Healing & Reconciliation Fund. The collection is a national grassroots effort to assist healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples of This Land. The fund was the result of a $30 million financial commitment made by the Canadian Bishops in September 2021. Funds will support culture and language revitalization, education and community building, healing and reconciliation for communities and families and dialogue involving Indigenous elders, spiritual leaders and youth with a focus on Indigenous spirituality and culture. This is an opportunity to follow the invitation of the Holy Father made earlier this year for each one of us to become engaged in the healing and reconciliation journey.
For more information or to donate online, visit: www.archtoronto.org/healingandreconciliation. Thank you for your generosity.
Please note that Mass will only be celebrated at 9:00am on Thanksgiving Monday (October 10th), after which the church will close. Regularly scheduled confessions and vespers will not take place. The parish office will also be closed on Monday, October 10.
Virtual Conference: Ecumenism and Asceticism
The North American Academy of Ecumenists (NAAE) is a community of ecumenically minded individuals from a variety of Christian traditions across North America. It promotes scholarship, church life, and pastoral practice in the service of Christian unity. The upcoming annual conference of the NAAE will be attended by ecumenists, theologians, liturgists, graduate students, church officials, clergy, religious and laity who are actively involved in Christian unity and will explore the role of asceticism in formation for ecumenical engagement, spirituality, liturgy and prayer. For further details, register at: https://bit.ly/3AASsLs.
Bundle Up Sunday
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting gently used clothing and footwear on October 22/23. A truck and volunteers will be present before and after the Saturday and Sunday Masses.
We thank you for bringing your items on the designated weekend, as there is no dedicated storage space in the church. God bless you for your generosity!