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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
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    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


     
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  • Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church
    Scarborough, Ontario
    Friday, September 25, 2020 - 25th week in Ordinary Time
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    Reflections

    for Sunday, August 4, 2019

    Last week I celebrated by 72nd birthday. I've gotten to the age that when birthdays come around, I start looking back on life as well as forward. Perhaps some of you may do this too. The question that we might ask ourselves is this: Has my life been a success? Actually, this question cannot be answered unless we can answer a deeper question: What is success? What is a successful life, a successful career, a successful relationship?

    Is a person's life successful if he or she is making a good salary? There's a story about a grandmother who pulled out pictures of her three grandchildren, all under two, and showed them to a friend saying, "These are my grandchildren. That one's the rich doctor, that one's the rich lawyer and that one's the chairman of the board of a large corporation."

    Is success predicated on salary? Certainly, that is the way that most people calculate success. But are they correct?

    How about marriage? What makes a marriage successful? Is a marriage successful because a woman and a man have been together for twenty, thirty, forty, or fifty years and have avoided both divorce and homicide? Marriage anniversaries are important, but do they point to the success of a marriage or only to its longevity?

    The readings for this Sunday force us to take a closer look at the whole concept of success. In the Gospel reading, the man is convinced that he is a success because he is a rich farmer. What should he do now that he has succeeded in harvesting more grain than he has storage room? Build a bigger barn, of course. The only thing is, the basis of his success is his grain. When he suddenly dies, his success remains here, and he goes on to God empty handed.

    The whole mind set that success is predicated on what we own is based on a fallacy that was very clear to the author of the first reading. He is sometimes called Qoheleth, or the Preacher. This book from the Hebrew Scriptures is the very insightful and difficult book called Ecclesiastes. "Vanity of vanities," says Qoheleth, "All is vanity." Qoheleth's point is that the only real values are the spiritual values. The early Christians loved this book of the Hebrew Scriptures because it helped them remain focused on the reason for their existence.

    There is a fantastic book of meditations on St. Francis of Assisi written by James Cowan, a lay novelist, who spent some time in Assisi trying to understand Francis. You are all well aware that Francis gave up all his worldly possessions as a radical prophetic action. Cowan writes that Francis recognized that wealth, family, social position and profession confined him in a web of relationships that made it impossible to define himself as a full human being in the image of Christ. Francis lived at the time of the emergence of the middle/merchant class. Before this a person was either a peasant or a noble. The merchant class was so taken up with making money and having the finest things of life that, as Qoheleth predicted, their days were full of labors and their nights were restless. Francis' prophetic action of stripping off his rich clothes in the square in Assisi was a sign that the inner person had to be exposed rather than cloaked in silk and velvet. Francis' action was prophetic, a radical action to help us recognize the entanglements of what the world calls success.

    A doctor is successful not if he or she has a prosperous practice but if he or she becomes the healing hands of Christ for the sick. A lawyer is successful not if he or she is part of a profitable firm, but if he or she uses learning, knowledge and talent to protect people and the community, to do good for people and the community, to be just.

    Many times an incorrect view of success is based on honors and titles. Is a priest a success if he becomes a Monsignor or a Bishop? Monsignor Guido Sarducci from the old Saturday Night Live boasted that it was really important for him to become a Monsignor because he could get a better cut of veal in Rome. (I haven't tried that yet. I hope he's right.) No, success is not measured by titles. A priest is on the road to success if he can draw closer to God each day of his life while he also draws those he serves to join him on the journey to God.

    How can we determine if a marriage is successful? Certainly, longevity does not determine the success of a marriage. A marriage is successful if the man or woman is a better person, a more loving person, because of the marriage.

    How about parenting? What are the signs that people are good parents? Success in parenting is certainly not based on what your kids have, but who your kids are. For example, many of our parents have begun shopping for school clothes. Perhaps, some are shopping at Ross, Walmart or Target. Perhaps some are shopping at the most exclusive stores in Tampa Bay. The cost of the clothes that they put on their children has nothing to do with the success of their parenting. The success of their parenting is evidenced in the decisions their children make throughout their lives.

    The general concept of success is a fallacy. Success is not predicated on what we have, what honors we receive, what jobs we hold, etc. Success is predicated on how each of us has developed as a person.

    Let me take this one step, one infinite step, farther. Success is predicated on our ability to assume the person of Jesus Christ. St. Paul says in the second reading that our lives are hidden with Christ in God in such a way that when Christ appears we appear. The personality of a Christian is so entwined with the person of Jesus Christ that Christ and the Christian, and Christ in the Christian, must be one. That is success.

    Therefore, success, true success, is never that which we have obtained. This is a completely different way of considering success. Success is not a present reality, it is a goal, the goal of Christian life. This goal will be reached when every aspect of our lives reflects the Person of Jesus Christ.

    That is success.

    All else is vanity.

     
    Readings of the day:
    First Reading: Ecclesiastes 1.2; 2.21-23
    Second Reading: Colossians 3.1-5, 9-11
    Gospel: Luke 12.13-21

    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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