Who We Are
We, the faithful of St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish in the Eparchy of Saskatoon, are a Church community of Catholic Christians which follows Eastern (Byzantine) Church Tradition, called by the Holy Spirit in unity and devotion to grow as People of God and embracing all people. “From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once regarded Christ from a human point of view, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor 5:16-20).
“In adopting a communal vision of the Church as the People of God, Second Vatican Council placed a renewed emphasis on the importance of sacramental initiation as the foundation for all ministry and every apostolic mission. It is Baptism, Chrismation (Confirmation) and Holy Eucharist that empower all Christians, lay and ordained, as sharers in the mission of Jesus and participants in the priestly, prophetic and pastoral roles of Jesus Christ. Ordination, however, uniquely configures the priest to act in the person of Christ.
Clearly, Jesus intended His mission of proclaiming the gracious presence of God to be continued when He invited His disciples to love one another as He had loved them and to make disciples of all nations. In using their gifts and respective callings in a collaborative effort, lay and ordained will make Christ’s Church the perfect icon of Christ, the mystical presence of Christ in the world”. (Sobor Document 2005, 6,1).
Accordingly to the Vatican II Council and the Code of Canons of Eastern Churches, our Church, with all its clergy and parishioners, is involved in the saving mission of Jesus Christ, while assuring the growth and development consistent with the Tradition of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
“The Church teaches that each and every person has fundamental rights to freedom, food, housing, health care, a living wage, and family and community relationships. These rights constitute essential elements of full humanity, bestowed on each human person by the Creator in whose image we all are created. Furthermore, the Church’s social mission is characterized by a preferential love for the poor, marginalized and vulnerable, ensuring that people have the basic human necessities for life. Our work for justice is a constitutive, essential component and dimension of the proclamation of the Holy Gospel”. (Sobor Document 2005, 4,1).
Ukrainian Catholic Parish of St. Basil welcomes and thanks you for your time for visiting our website. We lovingly invite you to join us for Liturgical Worship. We hope you find our worship true and reverent and our people here friendly and cordial. If you are seeking a spiritual home, we would be honoured by your presence in our parish family. For more information about becoming a parishioner, please see Fr. Simunovic.