Name of Church Saint Basil the Great
Address 14263 Mulberry Drive, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone number (408) 871-0919
Worship Schedule Sunday Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m. (Vespers Saturdays at 5 p.m., Canon of Matins Sundays at 9:40 a.m.)
Confessions Saturdays, 4:30 p.m. and Sundays, 9:40 a.m.
Names of priests Fr. Anthony Hernandez, pastor. Ordained in 2000.
Special activities Eastern Catholic Scripture Study Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Eastern Christian Spirituality Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Liturgy Liturgies are reverent, mostly in English and entirely sung; a few hymns/chants are in Church Slavonic and Greek. There is no kneeling, parishioners usually stand or sit. All ages receive Holy Communion (any Catholic properly prepared and in full communion with the Church may receive Communion); the host is dipped into the chalice with a spoon and administered to the faithful. Other features of the liturgy you’ll notice include bowing, incense and continuous singing/chanting. Visit the parish YouTube page to listen to previous liturgies: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC25VC1dO8o6IKOgwkEOYNFg.
Fellow parishioners The rite’s origins are Ruthenian (Eastern European), but at California churches this is a spiritual patrimony rather than being representative of a particular ethnicity. You’ll find English-speaking Catholics from the surrounding area.
Parking Around the church and in the residential neighborhood in which it is located.
Additional observations Saint Basil Byzantine in union with the Bishop of Rome, but is an Eastern Catholic rather than Roman Catholic church. They have the same faith and seven sacraments, but different customs and ways of celebrating liturgy. It traces its roots back to Constantinople (once called Byzantium). Two Greek missionaries, Cyril and Methodius, brought the Byzantine way of worship to Central and Eastern Europe. Some of these Catholics emigrated to the United States, and brought with them the Byzantine rite and traditions. Saint Basil is part of the Holy Protection Eparchy (diocese) of Phoenix (www.eparchyofphoenix.org). One of the church’s most prominent features is its icons, or “windows into heaven,” which are all over the church, and an icon screen in the front of the church. The screen has “holy doors” in the middle, which represent the gates to heaven.