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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 campaign@archtoronto.org. 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 development@archtoronto.org.

    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
    Staff
    Pastor:Rev. Xavier De Pinto
    In Residence:Abp. Lawrence Saldanha
    In Residence:Rev. Joseph Moncada
    Contact
    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
    Email: office@preciousblood.ca
    www.PreciousBlood.ca

     
    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
    tigerdeleon@gmail.com
    St. Vincent de Paul Society
    Please call 647-499-5594
    Schools
    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


     
    Thinking about the priesthood or religious life? Hearing Jesus' call "Come and follow me"? Not sure?

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

    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
    For all other ministries:

  • 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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  • Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church
    Scarborough, Ontario
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 29th week in Ordinary Time
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    Reflections

    for Sunday, June 30, 2019

    Throughout our lives, we often have a thought that a time will come when we will finally be free, free of the authority that keeps us from doing what we want to do. When we were little, we viewed each stage of school as a step to greater freedom. For example, we thought that once we got to high school, we would be free to do all the things that Middle School wouldn't let us do. But then we found out that high school demanded so much work that our freedom was limited. We thought that when we got our driver's license, we would be free to come and go as we want. Then we were introduced to the concept of paying for gas, insurance, a car; and, yikes, we had to get a job. So much for that freedom. Similar things happened when we got to college, when we started our lives independent of our parents. Those who married took on a deep responsibility towards their spouses, a responsibility that limited their actions in favor of caring for another. Selfless love. And then children came, and real responsibility hit. You married may have thought that life would begin after the kids moved out and the dog died, but it didn't. You still had to work hard. Those who retired may have thought that they would finally be free to do whatever they wanted, but they aren't. They have responsibilities to others. They are increasingly limited by their own health or the health of their spouse. There is always some force, something over us that limits our freedom.

    We are wrong if we define freedom as the ability to do whatever we want without having to bend to any sort of authority. All societies demand authority, whether that is the society of the family, where the good of the marriage determines the actions of the spouses, where the parents guide, or civil society where respect for others and their property determines what we can and cannot do, or the society of God, where our reverence for the Lord motivates our actions.

    The Christian defines freedom in a different way. For the Christian, freedom is the ability to be the unique person that God created each of us to be. We all know this and experience this. We are at our happiest when we are at our best. Yes, we have responsibilities, and, yes, we have authority over us, but this does not limit our freedom. Our freedom comes from being our best selves.

    Francesca Battistelli, one of my favorite contemporary Christian songwriters, wrote a wonderful song expressing this: She goes back to her youth and realized that she may have thought that she had the world figured out, but needed God to understand it. She comes to the conclusion:

    Sometimes I believe that I can do anything
    Yet other times I think
    I've got nothing good to bring
    But You look at my heart and You tell me
    That I've got all You seek,

    Perfection is my enemy
    And on my own I'm so clumsy
    But on Your shoulders I can see
    I'm free to be me and You're free to be You. ©CCLI License #2368115

    And that is where freedom leads us. When we are free to be our true selves as God created us, then we allow His reflection to be viewed by the world.

    The freedom to be God's reflection to the world is what gave Maximilian Kolbe freedom as he sat in the starvation cell of Auschwitz. You know his story, but you may not realize that he was a respected spiritual writer, a leader of the Marian movement as well as a Franciscan missionary founding monasteries in Japan and India. He returned to his native Poland where he helped shelter thousands of Jews. The Nazi's caught up to him and sent him to the concentration camp. When a prisoner escaped, ten others were chosen to die. One man, Francizek Gajowniczeek cried “My wife, my children.” Fr. Kolbe said, “Take me instead.” No greater love. He was imprisoned, he suffered, and yet he was free. The world saw Christ on the Cross in a unique way through St. Maximillian Kolbe.

    There are so may others, be they canonized saints, or members of your own families, and many of you who are continually at your best because you are always giving to others. If at any time in our lives others can see Christ in us, even if it is only a glimpse, then we are free, free to be who God meant us to be.

    We cannot let our freedom be destroyed by licentiousness. This is what St. Paul is speaking about in the second reading. We cannot allow anything to keep us from being our best. When we confuse freedom with licentiousness, we bind ourselves to our sins. For example, a wild bachelor may think he is free to use girls as he sees fit. But he renders himself incapable of forming a relationship with a woman as a person who can lead him to God and whom he could lead to God in the sacrament of marriage. Many young girls make the same terrible mistake, living loose and then being incapable of making a lasting commitment. How many people are chained by their sins! They embraced a sinful life to spite others, to exercise in what they thought would be freedom. Instead, they ended up incapable of being themselves.

    Jesus Christ sets us free. We need to treasure this freedom. We need to treasure our lives in Him. But this takes courage. This takes determination. We cannot just say we are Christian. We have to be determined to live the Christian life. Think of Elisha in today's first reading. He was so determined to heed God's call and follow Elijah that he slaughtered his twelve head of oxen and burned their yokes. There would be no turning back. We can have that determination. We can conquer anything that is holding us back from being our best selves. Like Jesus in today's Gospel, we can set our faces like flint towards Jerusalem to do whatever the Father's will is for us. We can be our best selves. We men can be Men of God. You ladies can be Women of God.

    We seek the grace, the wisdom and the courage to be whom God calls us to be.

    We seek freedom.

     
    Readings of the day:
    First Reading: 1 Kings 19.16b, 19-21
    Second Reading: Galatians 5.1, 13-18
    Gospel: Luke 9.51-62

    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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