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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.

No doubt you are aware that our parish relies on the support of our parishioners to operate – parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) – are funded through the generosity of our parish community. It will be a challenge for our parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.

In response to many requests that I have received from parishioners, here are the ways that you can continue to support our parish at this time:

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

- Contribute to our parish offertory by credit card. Please click here. You will then be able to select our parish in the drop-down menu. You can make a one time or recurring contribution to our parish offertory or other special funds.

- Contribute through pre-authorized giving. Click here for more information on pre-authorized giving. You can obtain a form from the parish office or you can click here to download an enrollment form which can be printed and completed. Return the completed form and a voided cheque to your parish office. Or e-mail the form and a scanned copy or photo of a voided cheque to for processing. Contributions are withdrawn from your bank account on the 20th of each month.

- You can contribute to the offertory via online banking. To do this, the archdiocese will need to send you a unique account number. Please send an e-mail to In the body of the email provide:

   * Your name
   * Address
   * Parish name
   * Municipality

You will be emailed 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 our parish. You can make a one time or recurring gift to our offertory.

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 miss seeing all of you at the Mass and I pray daily that we will 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
Wednesday6:00 PMHoly Hour with Benediction
7:00 PMMass
Thursday8:00 AM
Friday8:00 AM
First Friday6:00 PMHoly Hour with Benediction
7:00 PMMass
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-3:30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9:30am-3:30pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
Sunday: 8:30am - 1:30pm
Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession
Saturday: 4:00 – 4:45 PM
First Friday: 6:00 – 6:45 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
Preciuos Blood: 1035 Pharmacy Ave. 416-393-5258
St. Kevin: 15 Murray Glen Dr. 416-393-5300
St. Catherine: 30 Roanoke Rd. 416-393-5316

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Sacraments for the Sick & Elderly
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.
Other Ministries
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  • Altar Servers
  • Children's Liturgy
  • CWL
  • Eucharistic Fraternity
  • Financial Council
  • Holy Communion
  • Lectors
  • Legion of Mary
  • Liturgical Decorators
  • Music Ministries - Adults
  • Music Ministries

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    for Sunday, June 23, 2019

    Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord. In today's Gospel we come upon one of the many accounts of Jesus' multiplying food for the people. These miracles prefigure the Lord's offering His Body and Blood. The Lord performs four actions which are repeated at every Mass: He takes. He blesses. He breaks, and He gives. I'd like to relate these to our daily lives.

    First of all, the Lord takes the little that is offered to Him. Five thousand men, and perhaps an equal number of women and children, need to be fed. But all the Lord is offered is five loaves and two fish. This appears insignificant next to the need. So also, what we have to offer the Lord appears to be insignificant next to the need of His people. The World Food Bank of the United Nations reports that 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to live a healthy active life. 3.1 million children under five die every year due to the effect of poor nutrition. Statistics like these are so overwhelming that we might feel that anything we do has little or no value. But Jesus did not turn his back on the five loaves and two fish. He does not laugh at our offer to care for others. He sees our determination to do whatever we can to help. He takes our simple offerings and uses these to provide for more than we could ever imagine. This doesn't just refer to the needs of the poor. We can consider the many needs of those who are in the grips of substance abuse and think that the little we can do to help a person is insignificant. Alone, perhaps, but when our help is offered to God, He will multiply our efforts in wondrous ways. Our efforts to fight for life may also seem insignificant in the face of the horrible number of abortions that take place every year, close to a million in the United States alone, and in the face of those casting abortion as a woman's right and refusing to see the human tragedy for both children and mothers. But God takes our efforts and multiplies them miraculously. Even our efforts within our families may seem insignificant when we try to chip away at nasty old Aunt Martha's or mean Uncle Fred's general hostility to the world. We may not seem to be getting anywhere, but God accepts our efforts and uses them in marvelous ways. Parents certainly experience this as they seek patience in caring for that child who is giving them a run for their money. Parents often wonder if their efforts have any effect considering the child's determination to oppose their every reasonable effort to guide them. But good parents don't give up. They do their best to make little inroads into their children's life, trusting that God will do the rest.

    At every Mass, gifts of bread and wine are brought up. They seem to be an insignificant offering. But God does wonderful things with them. They become His Body and Blood. After the prayers of the faithful, when everyone is seated, we need to look at the Presentation of Gifts and pray to the Lord, "Jesus, take the little I have to offer, my five loaves and two fish, and use them to feed your people."

    He takes. He blesses. Melchizedek appears in the first reading. Abram had just won a great victory over the evil King Chedorlaomer and his allies. That's when this strange figure, Melchizedek appears. He is both a king and a priest. He blesses Abram and offers God gifts of bread and wine. He thanks God for Abram's victory. This prefigures Christ's offering His Body and Blood on the Cross. It is an act of thanksgiving to God for His conquest of evil. The word Eucharist means to give thanks. Often, when we pray we are requesting something. That is perfectly valid. But that is only one reason why we pray. We also pray offering thanks to God for what we have received. We thank God for calling us and our loved ones to Himself. We thank God for the evidence of His hand working in the world. We thank God for our sure hope in His ultimate victory over evil. We thank God for our lives. We thank God that with Him our lives have value. And so with the priest we pray "Blessed are you, Lord God of all Creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you, fruit of the earth and the work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life," and "Blessed are you, Lord God of all Creation, for through your goodness we have receive the wine we offer you, fruit of the vine and the work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink." We thank God because we have experienced His Presence, His Love in our lives.

    He takes; He blesses; and He breaks. The breaking of the bread shows the power of God to be fully present in each fragment of the offering that is consecrated. When we receive communion, each one of us receives the whole of the Lord. We humbly acknowledge our dependence on God, and He gives us a full share of His Presence. No one receives more or less of the Lord than anyone else. No one is better than anyone else and therefore deserving a greater portion of the Lord. We are all on the journey to heaven. We all receive the food we need for this journey. We come up to communion united together in the Lord as one people, each person having his or her own gifts, each person receiving a full share of God's presence. God wants to be fully present to us in the Eucharist and is fully present to each of us. Why? Simply because we are His Sons and Daughters. We are loved. We come up and receive communion, not because we are so good. We come up to receive communion because we need Him so much. And He is there, with a full portion for each of us. The consecrated bread, His Body, the consecrated wine, His Blood, has been broken.

    He takes. He blesses. He breaks. And He gives. The Mass is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ offered to the Father for us. We pray in the chaplet of Divine Mercy: "Eternal Father, we offer you the Body and Blood, soul and divinity, of Jesus Christ our Lord, for our sins and the sins of the whole world." This is a summary of the sacrificial prayer of the Mass. Notice the prayer after the consecration. Jesus is offered to the Father for us for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus Christ is the Victor over sin and death. He gives His Victory to us. Our reception of the Eucharist is a celebration of our sharing in the Victory of the Lord. It is communion, the union of the community with Jesus Christ giving Himself to the Father.

    Taken, blessed, broken and given. The gifts of bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of the Lord. Taken, blessed, broken and given, we are transformed into the living presence of the Lord.

    Readings of the day:
    First Reading: Genesis 14.18-20
    Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 11.23-26
    Gospel: Luke 9.11b-17

    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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