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Parish Background

St. Basil's parish celebrated it’s 100th Anniversary in 2001. The parish was formed from a group of people from the Sub Carpatho-Russian province of Galicia who had settled in the Maplewood area, Town of Colonie near Albany, NY. The church was established by 19 men, inspired by Father (now Saint) Alexander Hotovitsky, who helped organize parishes all along the east coast. In January 1901, the Brotherhood of St. Basil the Great was formed and His Grace, Bishop Tikhon of the Aleutians and North America blessed the members of the Brotherhood to construct a church building.

The cornerstone was laid and blessed by Father Alexander Hotovitsky on November 21, 1901. Father Alexander traveled from New York City to conduct liturgical services for the people of St. Basil's.

The congregation continued to grow and a new, larger church became necessary and was blessed by Metropolitan Theophilus in September 1945.  Many of the parishioners lived in the Maplewood area surrounding the church.

This church building remains to this day and has been the site of countless Sacraments and Blessings to the many generations of St. Basil's parish.  An excellent choir under the directorship of Michael Mellin sings for all services.

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Sunday - August 20 - 8:40 am - Hours and Divine Liturgy.  Coffee hour.

Mon. - Wed. - August 21 - 23 -  Vacation Bible School at Christ the Savior, Ballston Lake

Tuesday - August 22 - 6:00 pm - Panikhida for Alexandra Barsigian (one year anniversary)

Thursday - August 24 - Trip to Great Escape with Christ the Savior

Thursday - August 24 - 6:00 pm - Panikhida for Vera Szabiet (40th day)

Saturday - August 26 - Church School Conference at Elmira Heights, N.Y.   No services at St. Basil's. 

Sunday - August 27 - 8:40 am - Hours and Divine Liturgy.  Coffee hour.



Thursday - September 7 - Eve of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos.  6:00 pm - Vigil with Blessing of Loaves

Friday - September 8 - Nativiity of the Most Holy Theotokos - 8:40 am - Hours and Divine Liturgy

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Thursday, August 24th
40th Day of Repose of Vera Szabiet
6:00 pm - Panikhida
Saturday, August 26th
NYS Deanery Church School Conference, Elmira Heights, NY
No services at St. Basil's
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St. Basil Orthodox Church
6 Lansing Avenue
Watervliet, New York 12189