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From the Pastor's Desk
Dear parishioners,

I hope and pray that you are staying healthy – both physically and spiritually. Please let me know if the parish can help you during these difficult times.

Our churches are open for Mass and private prayer and we have worked diligently following guidance from public health authorities to make the environment safe for all.

If you are unable to attend in person, you are no doubt aware that our parish relies on the support of our parishioners to operate – salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.). These are funded through the generosity of our parish community.

It continues to be a challenge for our parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection. We have benefited greatly from the Canada Employment Wage Subsidy, but that support is scheduled to diminish after September.

Here are the ways that you can continue to support our parish at this time:

  • You can set up a Pre-Authorized Giving by contacting our parish office. Details are shown on the Pre-Authorized Giving page.

  • Drop off or mail your regular weekly offertory contribution to the parish office.

  • Visit our Donate Now page by clicking here. Choose your parish, Precious Blood Parish, Scarborough, amount of your gift – one-time or recurring and payment method – credit card or chequing account.

  • You can contribute to the offertory via on-line banking – similar to how you may be paying your utility bills. To do this, we need to send you your unique account number. Please e-mail us at In the body of the email provide us with your name, address, parish name and municipality. We will email you your account information which you can use to set up the Archdiocese of Toronto as a payee in your on-line banking. Your gift will be forwarded to your parish. You can make a one-time or recurring gift to your offertory. This is the most cost effective way to donate electronically.

    If you have any questions please contact the Development Office at the Archdiocese of Toronto, 416-934-3400, ext. 540 or

    Thank you for your many contributions to our parish community. I’m happy to see people returning to Mass and I pray daily that we will all be able to gather together again soon.

    Yours in Christ,
    Fr. Xavier De Pinto

  • Sunday Masses
    Saturday5:00 PM
    Sunday8:30 AM
    10:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    Daily Mass
    Monday8:00 AM
    Tuesday8:00 AM
    Wednesday7:00 PM
    Thursday8:00 AM
    Friday8:00 AM
    Saturday8:00 AM
    Pastor:Rev. Xavier De Pinto
    In Residence:Abp. Lawrence Saldanha
    In Residence:Rev. Joseph Moncada
    Church Address:
    1737 Lawrence Avenue East
    Toronto, Ontario M1R 2X7
    (Just East of Victoria Park Avenue on Lawrence Avenue)

    Telephone: 416-751-2661
    Fax: 416-751-2662

    Wheel Chair Accessible

    Office Hours
    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday: 9:30am-12:00pm
    Wednesday: Closed
    Thursday: Closed
    Friday: Closed
    Saturday: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday: 8:30am - 1:00pm
    Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession
    Saturday: 4:00 – 4:45 PM
    Please call the Pastor for other times
    Sacrament of Baptism
    Please contact the office
    Sacrament of Matrimony
    Please contact the Pastor at least one year in advance and prior to booking your hall.
    Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
    Please contact the office
    Knights of Columbus
    GK Arturo De Leon - 437-984-1344
    St. Vincent de Paul Society
    Please call 647-499-5594
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    St. Catherine: 30 Roanoke Rd. 416-393-5316

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    Visit Vocations Toronto at, a resourceful site in answering these questions.

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    Please notify the office if you know of someone who is in hospital or confined to the home due to sickness or old age. We will gladly bring Communion to them.
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    Scarborough, Ontario
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 29th week in Ordinary Time
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    for Sunday, March 10, 2019

    This Sunday's gospel presents us with the temptations of the Lord as related in the Gospel of Luke. The Gospel of Luke differs in the order of the temptations from the order found in the Gospel of Matthew. In Matthew the final temptation is when the devil led Jesus to the mountain and offered Him all the Kingdoms of the world if He worshiped him. In Luke, this temptation is placed second, the final temptation in Luke is the temptation from the parapet of the Temple in Jerusalem. Luke does this because beneath his relating of the teachings and miracles of the Lord, Luke has the theme of the journey: Jesus' journey to Jerusalem to suffer and die for the fulfillment of the will of the Father. This journey is continued in the next book that St. Luke wrote, the Acts of the Apostles. Acts begins in Jerusalem and ends in Rome, the center of the then known world. Deeper than this, Luke is stating that we Christians are called to walk with the Lord throughout the journey of our lives, the journey to complete the will of the Father. The forty days of Lent reminds us of this journey and invite us to examine how well we are traveling.

    I would like to consider the temptations presented in today's gospel and relate them to our lives. The first temptation was for the Lord to use his powers to take care of himself: You are hungry. Command this stone to be turned into bread. This is the temptation we all have to use God's gifts in a selfish manner. We give in to this temptation when we put self-gratification before love. Consider this from God's perspective. He has given us so much and merely asks us to use His gifts to draw closer to Him. Instead, we often hoard His gifts for ourselves, without any consideration of the Divine Giver or His Presence in others. We have all suffered from others who have given in to this temptation. The worst hurt that any of us have received in our lives came from those who refused to return our love for them. Some of the most horrible actions of our lives have been motivated by our own decisions to take care of number one, to make bread for ourselves instead of love for others.

    In the second temptation of the Lord, Jesus is brought to a mountain top and shown all the kingdoms of the world. They would all be His if He worshiped the devil. This is the Temptation of Power. In the sad history of the world, those in power often use their authority to hurt others. Sometimes they do this to protect themselves. Sometimes they use their power simply because they can. The world is full of bullies, and not just in the schools. Many men use their power over women only because most men are physically stronger. So often we hear about a sports figure brutalizing his wife, fiancé or girlfriend. Our society has an abuse crisis that is affecting a large portion of our women as well as our children. How can this happen? It happens because many people feel that might makes right, that the one who can hurt the other has a right to do so. The temptation to use power over others is sick. The temptation to do everything we can to acquire power over others is sad. Those who make power the goal of their lives end up worshiping the devil.

    We all have to look within ourselves. All of us have a certain power over others, wives and husbands over each other, parents over children, siblings over their younger, weaker siblings, Teens and children over some of their classmates. None of us have the right to use this power to hurt. God gave us strength to pick others up, not to knock them down. The way of the world is the way of might makes right. Jesus showed a power greater than the power of the world. He showed us the Power of the Cross. He let himself be crucified to restore God's love to the world. We show our greatest power when we act out of love, even if we have been unjustly attacked.

    The final temptation of the devil was the one from the Parapet of the Temple. This parapet was the extension of the roof of the Temple over its wall. It must have been a scary place to stand, even if you are not afraid of heights. The Lord may have had the feeling most of us have when we are at the observation window of a skyscraper, or the edge of a steep cliff. He might have been afraid that he might fall. Scary. On the parapet, the devil told Jesus to throw himself down and see if His Father will save Him. The devil even quoted scripture saying that God would send His angels to save him. The devil tempted the Lord to force His Father to go into action. Doing this would show that he was more powerful than the Father.

    None of us stand on parapets and tempt God to save us. Or do we? We often are tempted that if we do something terrible and fall, God will save us. Well, He very well might catch us. Or He might pick up our pieces after we are splattered on the ground. For example, a person may be living a very sinful life when he or she receives a grace to turn from sin and turn to the Lord. That is God catching us. Or the person might be living a sinful life and then bottom out, having destroyed himself and all the others around him. Many prisoners turn to the Lord with the faith that He will put them back together again. That is God picking up the pieces of the prisoner's life.

    At the end of today's Gospel we hear that the devil left Jesus to return at a more opportune time. He returned when Jesus was facing the crisis we call the Agony in the Garden. The devil remained present throughout the crucifixion tempting the Lord to bring it all to a quick end. Jesus withstood. The devil's temptations in our lives are particularly difficult when we are in crisis, when we are in turmoil, when we or a loved one are sick or die. Our Christian community strengthens us as we are exposed to people who at the moment of crisis seize their faith with both hands and trust God to get them through.

    And He will. He will get all of us through whatever crises come in our lives. He cares for us when we need him the most because he loves us so much. He loves us so much that he sent His Son to suffer and die for us.

    Today we are warned about selfishness, power and pride. We call upon the Mercy of God to forgive us for the times we have given in to these temptations. We ask God to help us fight evil. And we trust God to walk with us on the beautiful journey, the beautiful journey not only of Lent, but of our Christian lives.

    May you have a wonderful Lent.

    Readings of the day:
    First Reading: Deuteronomy 26.4-10
    Second Reading: Romans 10.8-13
    Gospel: Luke 4.1-13

    This material is used with permission of its author, Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino, Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL. Visit his website


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