Welcome to St. Basil's
Welcome to historic St. Basil's Church in the heart of downtown Toronto and welcome to our website! We hope that you find this site interesting and informative.
St. Basil's, founded by the Basilian Fathers in 1856 is the third oldest Catholic church in the city of Toronto, after St. Paul's Basilica and St. Michael's Cathedral. Although we are located in the heart of downtown Toronto, our ministry extends far beyond the local area. Not only are we the Collegiate church of the University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto, our parishioners come to worship here from all over the city. Since October 2007 we have been the home of the national televised Daily Mass, reaching people in their homes all over Canada. The Daily Mass is broadcast six days a week on Vision TV, CTS, and Salt & Light TV.
We are delighted that you have taken the time to visit our website. If you are not already a parishioner, please drop in and visit us when you are in the neighbourhood.
The Pastoral Team at St. Basil's Church
Piano Recital: Friday May 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Adam Żukiewicz, a parishioner, and concert pianist, will perform works by Haydn, Albeniz, Paderewski, and Liszt in the church. Mr. Żukiewicz has performed across Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan and Brazil. He will be performing at the Elora Festival in July and with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra later this year, as well as various engagements in Poland, Italy and the Czech Republic. All proceeds from the recital will go toward our music ministry at St. Basil’s.
Contributing to St. Basil's
Please remember that St. Basil’s depends on your voluntary donations, to meet all of its basic financial obligations. If you are going to be out of town, please try your best to leave, or send, St. Basil’s your weekly donations, so that we can continue with our good work during the summer, as well as during the rest of the year. You may also wish to consider making your regular contribution through our Pre-Authorized Giving (P.A.G.) program. For more information on making contributions this way, please pick up a leaflet from the rack at the back of the church or from the Parish Office, or click here.
Parking at St. Basil's
If you are coming to St. Basil's by car, please take a note of the following arrangements for parking on St. Joseph St.
On Saturdays, parking is permitted for 2 hours at any time only on the NORTH side of St. Joseph St.
On Sundays, parking is permitted for 2 hours at any time on both the north and south sides of St. Joseph St.
Parking is not permitted at any other times and cars that are parked inappropriately may be ticketed.
Other Parking Facilities
There is a pay-parking lot behind Alumni Hall at the west end of St. Joseph Street just before Queen's Park Crescent. Metered street parking is also available on St. Mary Street, immediately to the north of the church.
St. Basil’s is readily accessible by TTC: the closest subway stations are Museum, on the University-Spadina line, Wellesley, on the Yonge line, and Bay St., on the Bloor line. The Bay St. bus (route #6) also stops at the corner of Bay St. and St. Joseph St.