ST. BASIL ALTAR SODALITY
When the Immaculate Conception Sodality was originally formed by the single girls of St. Basilís Parish, its sole purpose was to serve as a center for finding ways and means to keep the church supplies replenished and to be responsible for the upkeep of the Church Sanctuary Area.
Down through the years, this group tried to adhere to this goal. The name of the Sodality was later changed to allow married women to join. Therefore, it became known as the Holy Rosary and Altar Sodality. This name was eventually changed to St. Basil Altar Sodality on February 2, 1968 through the intervention of the Clergy, Rev. Peter Capucci, pastor and Rev. Joseph Haggar, assistant pastor; of course, still maintaining the original ideals.
Membership is limited to women and expanded their scope of work in the spiritual, cultural, educational, and social fields.
An Anniversary Liturgy for all the deceased clergy is arranged by them closest to their anniversary date, and sprays of flowers are placed every Memorial Day at their grave sites.
Any member who has a death in her immediate family, will have a Liturgy offered by the Sodality. In the event of a death of a memberís immediate family who resides out of state, a delegation of the Sodality shall make a sympathy call.
Presently, St. Basil Altar Sodality meets every First Friday of the month and begins with a Divine Liturgy at noon time, followed by the business meeting.
ST. BASIL SENIOR CITIZENSí ORGANIZATION
St. Basil Senior Citizensí Organization was established in our parish in September of 1996. The group was founded by Samuel Sabbagh and brought a new spirit of life to our community.
The purpose of this organization is to provide members with a social and spiritual atmosphere and a better understanding of the rights of seniors.
Membership is open to men and women who have attained the age of 50 or over, with no restriction.
Meetings are held every third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Following the meeting, a light collation or meal is served. Afterwards, various activities may take place.
A Divine Liturgy is celebrated for all deceased members every October at the regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. followed by the regular monthly meeting.
Friendly Visitors, a Unique Experience at St. Basil's , Lincoln, RI.
St. Basil Church is blessed with many workers , with good deeds and service to the Church and Community.
One such service is the Friendly visitors, which is unique in the Melkite Church in the USA.
A friendly visitor is a compassionate, patient person who kindly donates one hour per week to visit or telephone, an elderly shut-in or nursing home resident. For many of these shut-ins, the friendly visitors provide much more than a friendly face or willing listener. They provide a link to the outside world and to church updates that are sometimes missed.
The coordinator's role includes staying apprised of any changes to regulations regarding the patients, sending quarterly reports to the Diocese of Providence and conferring with Fr. Joe, the Pastor of St. Basil, for any new patient-visitor requests. A major part of this position is being a recruiter so the program can continue to grow. There is always a need for new volunteers and all members should please search their hearts and see if this program would be a good fit for them..
Currently there are 26 volunteers and they have made over 1400 visits this year. If a visit cannot be done in person then we call our patients and 1300 phone calls wer e made in the last year alone. Visits a re made every other week.
God has truly made the job easier by providing Church with dedicated, loving volunteers, and we cannot commend, or thank them enough for their time, commitment and attention to detail that make our Friendly visitor program such a success.
Prepared by Helen Lacy, Coordinator