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St. Joseph's Basilica Groups

Church Groups

St. Joseph's Basilica Church Groups

Getting involved in one of the parish groups at St. Joseph's Basilica can help you serve Christ and the Church in a very concrete way.
Our parish has an active and vibrant community of lay apostolate groups that you are welcome to join.

Catholic Women's League

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada was organized nationally on June 17, 1920 and granted federal incorporation on December 12, 1923.

The League is officially recognized by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) as a lay association of women and is affiliated with the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO), a world-wide federation holding membership in the conference of International Catholic Organizations (ICO) and having consultative status with agencies of the United Nations.

If you wish to get involved in the Basilica’s CWL, please contact the current President, Annette Marie Williams at 780.488.9033.
 

Knights of Columbus

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus (acronym K of C) as a fraternal benefit society.

The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

If you wish to get involved with the Basilica’s K of C, please contact the current Grand Knight, Ted Hill, at 780.429.5036.
 

Legion of Mary

The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a Praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion.

Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium. The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual.

The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish. Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.

If you wish to get involved with the Basilica’s Legion of Mary, please contact Lolita Romero at 780.488.8719.
 

The Society of St Vincent De Paul

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (acronym SSVP) is a lay catholic organization whose mission is to live the Gospel message, by serving Christ in the poor, with love, respect, justice and joy.

Those involved in SSVP try to see Christ in anyone who suffers, come together as a family, have personal contact with the poor, and help in all possible ways.

If you wish to get involved with SSVP at the Basilica, please contact Dan Dunnigan at 780.619.1254 or BasilicaConference@gmail.com
 

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) was founded in 1967 by the Catholic Bishops of Canada to inspire the solidarity of Canadians towards their sisters and brothers in the Global South. Development and Peace seeks ways to help people of all faiths break the cycle of poverty through community-based sustainable development initiatives.

Development and Peace is the official Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis, a global confederation of over 160 Catholic organizations and also belongs to several national and international networks that help build a world of justice. Volunteers raise awareness among parishioners of the global systems that create poverty and injustice and support CCODP partners in the global south through the archdiocesan Together We Serve fundraising campaign.

Please contact the parish office for more information on how to get involved.