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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 development@archtoronto.org 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 Contributions are withdrawn from your bank account on the 20th of each month.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 campaign@archtoronto.org. 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 development@archtoronto.org.

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
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-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
Jose Reyes - 416-759-2051
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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    Reflections

    for Sunday, November 17, 2019

    I was in Publix this week, and I noticed that they were selling Christmas stuff, cookies, ornaments, etc. Then I got back to the office to learn that our parish Christmas cards have just come in. Discouraging isn't it?

    Two weeks from now the season of Advent will begin. That's when the most important preparation begins. That is the preparation for celebrating the spiritual becoming physical. Since Advent is about the two comings of Christ, in Bethlehem and at the end of time, the readings this week and next week, the Solemnity of Christ the King, eases us into Advent by speaking about the Second Coming and the end of the world.

    We begin with the prophecy of last Book of the Hebrew scriptures, Malachi. The prophet who called himself Malachi or God's messenger, wrote about 450 years before Christ. He concealed his identity because he leveled some sharp reproaches against the Temple priests and leaders of the people. The people had fallen into religious indifference. They had compromised their faith and taken on immoral lifestyles. Still, their lives flourished. They were very much like many modern day Americans. So many people, so many times we, fall into religious indifference. It is not that we reject God, we just tend to ignore Him. Perhaps we have too much, too much to distract us from remembering much we need God. To all who are tempted to just go along with the immoral lifestyle that surrounds us and smothers us Malachi says: "See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall."

    In today’s Gospel, from Luke, Jesus speaks directly about the end of time. He uses apocalyptical language, the language of the Book of Revelation. This is a language that is somewhere between prose and poetry. It is meant to stir up emotions, to get people involved. Jesus looks at the Temple. The Gospel of Luke began in the Temple with the story of the annunciation of the Birth of John the Baptist to John's father, Zachary, a Temple priest, as he offered incense in the Holy of Holies, the most sacred part of the Temple. The Temple was the place that Simeon and Anna rejoiced at the Birth of Jesus and prophesied about his life and death. Jesus was found in the Temple as an adolescent. In the Gospel of Luke the Temple is the sight for Jesus' final teachings, of which today's gospel is a central part. The Temple was the joy of the People of Israel. Its stones were inlaid with jewels. The disciples marveled at it. Jesus wept. He said it would be torn down, as it was in the year 70 AD. There is a section of the Temple still standing. It’s called the Wailing Wall. People still go there and mourn the fate of the Jewish people, and the fate of all who are persecuted. (By the way, the Wailing Wall is actually not a wall, but a support structure, part of the foundation.)

    Jesus told the disciples that the Temple would be torn down because all material things come to an end sooner or later. Then the disciples asked the big question, the question that so many people want to know: When? Every year self- proclaimed prophets come out of the woodwork telling people that they have an answer to this question. Every year newspapers carry advertisement from materialistic self- proclaimed prophets with supposed reasons why the world is coming to an end in a few days, months or years. Of course, to help them get the word out they leave an address where donations to support this "ministry" can be sent.

    When? Everyone wants to know when. No one wants to hear what Jesus says in the Gospel of Matthew 24:36: "But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

    "So," Jesus says in today's Gospel, "Don't fall for anyone telling you when the end of the world is coming: whether it is a priest or a preacher, a self-proclaimed prophet or a spiritual writer, don't fall for it." There are many people out there who try to take advantage of you. They will stir you up to paying big bucks to help ensure your salvation. The only thing you will be ensuring is that they meet next month's payment on their Bentleys. As soon as you hear the words, "The time is now!" remember Jesus' words in today's Gospel, 'Don't follow them." As soon as you hear someone say that his or her followers will be saved from the final destruction of the world, avoid them like the plague. Jesus says, "For many will come in my name and say, 'I am he!' and, 'The time is near!' Do not go after them. They will mislead you."

    Jesus absolutely refuses to say when the end of time will come. All he will tell us is that there are signs of the end. Wars and insurrections are typical and bound to happen, but the end will not follow these immediately. Jesus says "there will be earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven." Does he mean the nuclear bomb? Perhaps, perhaps not. Jesus' point is that his true followers should not be concerned about when the end is, they should only be concerned that they are ready for the end so they can take it in stride.

    And that is what is at the heart of the apocalyptical predictions of the end of time. We need to have a lifestyle that is a continual stride to the Lord. I used to run long distance races, and I used to coach high school cross country and distance runners. Any distance runner or coach will tell you, you don't reach your goal of a fast time or winning an award with a sudden burst of speed at the beginning of the race and a huge sprint at the end, but only running evenly through most of the race. You need a constant strong stride. It is the same regarding our lives. We achieve our goal with the constant steady pace towards God. It is pace, the Christian lifestyle that puts us in the position to win the spiritual award.

    Yes, the world will come to an end, but we have no cause for panic. Only those who ignore the Lord, the people Malachi spoke to in his day and in our day, people of religious indifference and immoral lifestyles, need to panic. The rest of us should just ask ourselves: Is my pace good? Am I striding towards my God? Do I need to pick up the pace a little bit particularly through confession and a renewed prayer life. Am I ready for the end?

    We conclude the Our Father with "Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil." What we are asking is for God to run with us and keep us from being so overwhelmed by the sin around us that we give in. And so we pray that He deliver us from evil.

    Today we pray for the courage to put God first in our lives and to make him the goal of our existence. May we always run with the Lord.

     
    Readings of the day:
    First Reading: Malachi 4.1-2
    Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3.7-12
    Gospel: Luke 21.5-19

    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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