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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


     
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    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.
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  • Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church
    Scarborough, Ontario
    Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 25th week in Ordinary Time - Memorial of St. Pio of Pietrelcina
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    Reflections

    for Sunday, September 1, 2019

    Today's reading call us to consider the topic of humility. Humility is a virtue we all struggle to obtain. Its opposite, pride, is the fundamental flaw of all human beings. Consider the beginning of Genesis and the story of the first sin. There is a far deeper element to the story of original sin than the mere decision of Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. This was the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If they ate this fruit they would experience evil. But Adam and Eve decided that they were not going to be told what to do or not do by God. The serpent said to them, “Eat this and you will be like God.” He appealed to their pride. They didn't eat the apple because they were hungry and there was nothing else to eat. They ate the apple because they decided that they did not need God. The original sin of mankind was disobedience occasioned by pride.

    We have to make war on our own pride. When we think about it, all of our sins are rooted in our own pride. There is that "nobody is going to tell me what to do," element of every sin, the expression of pride. "You gotta problem with that," the sinner says be he or she a bully, an adulterer or what have you. They are really not just saying that to their victims or to society; they are saying that to God.

    Pride manifests itself when we are concerned about our status in this or that group, at work, in the neighborhood, at school, etc. Sometimes we ask in exasperation, "Who does he think he's talking to?" Well, who do we think that we are? We forget that we are nothing without God, and everything only because of God.

    We need humility. We need people of humility to show us how to live in proper relationship to God. We have been given many great examples. St. Teresa of Calcutta was certainly a humble little lady who was a giant before God. She knew what God had called her to do, and was not concerned what people said about her. St. John Paul II was a kind man who did not think so highly about himself that he would not sit on a stage during the World Youth Day entertainments and laugh with the young people.

    We have particularly been blessed with the experience of our present Holy Father, Pope Francis, who is a man of humility. He knows his position before God is Vicar of Christ and, as we have learned, he protects his office, refusing to let others run the Church around him. Many bishops and cardinals are still licking their wounds after attempting to circumvent Pope Francis. He protects the papacy, but when it comes to himself as the pope, he is extremely humble.

    Priests and bishops who are sent to work in Rome used to see the Holy Father rather infrequently, only if they were needed to present something directly to the Pope regarding their ministry. The Holy Father's rooms were in the Apostolic Palace. His meals were taken there. Well, that was all before Pope Francis. Pope Francis doesn't live in the Apostolic Palace. He lives with the priests working in the Vatican. His apartment is one of the rooms available for any of the Vatican clergy. He takes his meals as one of the many who line up for the buffet. Can you imagine being on line for lunch, turning around, and there is the Pope on line behind you? That is exactly what is happening most days in the Vatican. When it comes to himself, Pope Francis is a humble man before the Lord. After he became Pope, a reporter asked him, "Who is Jorge Bergoglio?" The Pope responded, "A sinner." He knows that who we are before the Lord is due to the Lord's grace and mercy, not due to our own innate qualities.

    Who are you, who am I before the Lord? We are sinners in continual need of God's mercy. The words that we speak immediately before communion are not just a prayer formula, but an expression of whom we are: "Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed." We are not looking for the best seats in the banquet hall of the Lord. We are humbled that we have been invited to the meal.

    We end the Eucharistic Prayer of the Mass with the proclamation of where all glory and honor belong: through Him and with Him and in Him, O God almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours forever and ever.

    The prophet Micah wrote, in Micah 6:8, "You have been told, O Man what the Lord requires of you: only to do right, to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God." We don't need to be full of ourselves. We can fight off the pride that ruins our lives. We can be humble.

    Perhaps sometimes, you feel, perhaps sometimes, I feel, "I am not good enough--not good enough as a husband or wife, as a parent, as a priest, whatever" When we feel this way, we are right, and we are wrong. By ourselves, we are never good enough. That would be pride. But we are not by ourselves. We have the Lord. Or, better, He has us. And it is the Lord who makes us good enough, good enough to do the work of His Kingdom.

    We pray today for the courage to embrace our true dignity and walk humbly with our God.

     
    Readings of the day:
    First Reading: Sirach 3.17-20, 28-29
    Second Reading: Hebrews 12.18-19, 22-24a
    Gospel: Luke 14.1, 7-14

    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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