St. Basil's Orthodox Church is a Christian community of people from various ethnic and social backgrounds sharing a common commitment to the Lord, each other, and the Apostolic Faith. We warmly welcome all families, couples, and individuals who are looking for a deeper experience of the salvation offered in Jesus Christ. Come and see!
All college students are invited to join the capital district OCF. You do not have to be Orthodox! Everyone in college is invited to join and participate. We welcome everyone. Please contact Fr. Matthew Markewich (518-212-7845) or Artem Timofeev (518-360-6696) if you are interested.
Fr. Peter Olsen, Rector (On Medical Leave of Absence)
ST. BASIL’S PARISH SPECIAL APPEAL- Sunday, April 24. The Parish Council recently learned a member of our parish could really use our help. Haley Hilt, daughter of Melissa Belokopitsky Hilt, is 9 years old and has had seizures ever since she was four weeks old because of a rare genetic disorder called CDKL5. This disease prevents her from developing normally, causes her muscles to be weak and to have seizures that are untreatable. Haley has been on 14 different medicines and a special diet to try to control her seizures. She had surgery at age 5 to try to stop her seizures. None of these treatments have worked. About three years ago, her parents, Melissa and Larry, learned that certain strains of medical marijuana had helped children – like Haley – in other areas of the country. This new treatment will protect her brain from seizures and hopefully stop them all together. In June 2014 the state Legislature passed a bill signed by Governor Cuomo which allows Haley and other children like her to obtain this medicine. She currently is receiving a starting dose of marijuana oil and takes it twice a day. The first bottle of medication costs $182.00 for 1 month of treatment. Haley’s parents expect that with the need to increase the dose to see the full benefit, the cost will triple or go even higher. None of this cost is covered by insurance. Haley has been receiving the oil for 5 weeks now. Her seizures have decreased in both intensity and frequency. She is now much more alert, aware and attentive. Her development has improved so that now she is starting to crawl and has been able to use a special needs tricycle at school. It is expected that she will continue to make progress so she can be taken off some of her other medications which cause her to be sedated and less able to interact with the world around her. We will have a special collection for Haley on Palm Sunday, April 24. Any checks should be made out to Melissa Hilt. Already the Sisterhood has donated a generous check to Haley. I also have received several checks from parishioners. The “Kids of St. Basil’s” soup sale will be donating the profit to her. The Parish Council hopes that all parishioners and organizations will support this cause. If you have any questions concerning Haley’s medical condition, please talk to her mother, Melissa.
Thank you in advance for your support. Patricia Michalski, President
There was a very nice article Sunday in the Schenectady Gazette about Haley and the improvement already noticed as a result of her new medicine,. Copies are available on the bulletin board.
Address to the Council by His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON
If you have an hour to spare …; you will be very pleased to listen to the Address to the Council by His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON. Try to set-aside the time to be informed and greatlyinspired by his words! I highly recommend it to you.
For Sunday of Orthodoxy, Archpriest Edward Hughes, liturgics professor at Holy Cross Seminary, gave the homily. He is pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lawrence, MA and a graduate of St. Vladimir's Seminary and the head of the Department of Liturgics and Translations for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. In addition, Fr. Edward teaches Liturgics and Arabic language classes for the Antiochian Students at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA and is the current Spiritual Advisor to the Antiochian Women of the Diocese of Worcester and New England, while also serving as Vicar General of the Western Rite.