St. Basil Church Accessible

Watervliet, New York

St. Basil Church

Founded 1901

Status:

Metro Albany Region

Diocese: Diocese of New York and New Jersey

Deanery: New York State Deanery

Address

21 Archibald St
Watervliet, New York 12189-1804

Mailing address:

6 Lansing Ave
Watervliet, NY 12189-1845

http://www.stbasilschurch.org

Church: 518-273-6262

Parish Contacts

V. Rev. Peter Olsen
Rector
Home: 518-273-6262

Lay Leadership

Mr. Michael Mellin
Choir Director
23 Archibald St
Watervliet, NY 12189
Home: 518-274-5238
Mrs. Marie Giokas
Church School Coordinator
14 Socha Lane
Scotia, NY 12302
Home: 518-281-5427
Mrs. Anne Marsolais
Youth Coordinator

Directions

General Location
St Basil Church is located in Maplewood, town of Colonie, 10 miles north of Albany, the State Capitol of New York.

From New York State Thruway north
Get off at exit 23 and follow 787 north until 23rd St Watervliet, Green Island exit.  Turn left, go 3 lights and turn right onto 32 N for about 5/6 of a mile.  Turn left onto Archibald St.  The Church is two blocks up on the right.

From Binghamton / Endicott areas
Take Rt 88 north to the end.  Get on the Thruway heading east.  Get off at exit 24 (exits on the left).  Go through toll booth and take Northway 87 north to exit 6.  Turn right onto Rt 2 (old Rt 7).  Follow to traffic circle, go half way around, and continue on Rt 2 east to bottom of hill.  Rt 2 will take you into Watervliet (19th St).  Continue down 19th St until you come to Congress St bridge (DO NOT cross bridge).  Turn left at the light onto Rt 32 north and go app. 1/4 mile.  After you pass under train track bridge, go 3 streets and make a left onto Archibald.  The Church is located half way down on the right.

From Auburn, Syracuse, Herkimer areas
Take the NYS Thruway heading east.  Get off at exit 24 (exits on the left).  Go through toll booth and take Northway 87 north to exit 6.  Turn right onto Rt 2 (old Rt 7).  Follow to traffic circle, go half way around, and continue on Rt 2 east to bottom of hill.  Rt 2 will take you into Watervliet (19th St).  Continue down 19th St until you come to Congress St bridge (DO NOT cross bridge).  Turn left at the light onto Rt 32 north and go app. 1/4 mile.  After you pass under train track bridge, go 3 streets and make a left onto Archibald.  The Church is located half way down on the right.

From Northway 87 south
Take the Northway to exit 7, Rt 7 Troy / Cohoes.  Stay on 7 east towards Troy.  Get off at Albany, Green Island exit 787 south.  Stay on 787 south for a short distance.  Get off at Watervliet / Green Island / 23rd St.  Turn right and go past 3 lights, then turn right on 32 north for about 5/6 mile.  Turn left onto Archibald St, the Church is two blocks up on the right.

From Massachusetts Turnpike
From 90 west take NYS Thruway (Berkshire Ext).  Exit B-1 Albany / Hudson.  After paying toll, take 90 west to Albany (about 13 miles) to Jct 787 Albany / Troy exit.  Bear right at the exit ramp, going towards Troy / Cohoes / Watervliet.  Follow 787 north until 23rd St Watervliet, Green Island exit.  Turn left, go 3 lights and turn right onto 32 N for about 5/6 of a mile.  Turn left onto Archibald St.  The Church is two blocks up on the right.

Parking
St. Basil Church has two large parking lots.  One is next to the church hall and the other is across the street from the church.

Schedule of Services

Services are mostly in English with some Slavonic.  Father Peter will serve sacraments in Slavonic if requested.

5:00 PM Panakhida, 5:30 PM Vespers.
Saturday Evening

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (9:00 AM in the summer).
Sunday Morning

6:00 PM Vespers.
Eves of Great Feasts

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Mornings of Great Feasts

Confessions are heard after Vespers or by appointment.
Confessions

Church School is held Sunday mornings for grades K-8. Senior students meet with Fr. Peter during the week. Bible Study is held on Fridays at 5:30 PM in the rectory. As a form of evangelization, a healing service open to the general public is usually served the last Friday of the month at 7:00 pm. Inquirer’s classes are conducted three times a year, as needed.
Education Schedule

Parish Background

St Basil’s parish celebrated the parish’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 Fr (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 Fr Alexander Hotovitsky on November 21, 1901.  Fr 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.

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.