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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.

Sunday - October 4 - Hieromartyr Hierotheos, bishop of Athens. Ven Ammoun of Egypt
9:00 am - General Confession
9:30 am - Divine Liturgy followed by Church School and Coffee Hour.

Monday - October 5
10:00 am - Sisterhood Meeting

Thursday - October 8
5:30 pm - Great Vespers with Blessing of Loaves
7:00 pm - “When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas: A Journey from Hinduism to Ancient Christianity,” a lecture by Joseph Frangipani at Christ the Savior, Ballston Spa.

Friday - October 9 - St. Tikhon of Moscow, Enlightener of North America
8:40 am - Hours and Divine Liturgy

Saturday - October 10
5:00 pm - Panikhida
5:30 pm - Great Vespers.  Confession.

Sunday - October 11 - Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council. Deacon Philip, Apostle of the 70. Synaxis of the Optina Elders.
9:10 am - Hours
9:30 am - Divine Liturgy.
Church School and Coffee Hour.

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Monday, October 5th
10:00 am -  Sisterhood meeting
Thursday, October 8th
5:30 pm - Great Vespers and Blessing of Loaves
7:00 pm - Lecture at Christ the Savior:  When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas:  A Journey from Hinduism tgo Ancient Christianity by Joseph Frangipani
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St. Basil Orthodox Church
6 Lansing Avenue
Watervliet, New York 12189