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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 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

    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
    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-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
    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

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

    Visit Vocations Toronto at, 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

    please check out our Telephone Directory.

  • Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church
    Scarborough, Ontario
    Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 25th week in Ordinary Time
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    for Sunday, November 24, 2019

    "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation?" Those words from the Good Thief, whom we call Dismis, bother me. How could Dismis say that God is dying with them? I could perhaps see his line of thought if Dismis were a pagan. The pagan gods of Greece and Rome had all sorts of human traits and failings. Their gods could be punished, as some were in their myths. But Dismis wasn't a pagan. He was a Hebrew. And he didn't say "a god" is dying with them. He said God. Why would Dismis consider that God could be condemned?

    The answer might be found in a terrible movement from the last century. In 1966 Time Magazine published a cover story that asked, "Is God Dead?" This blasphemous article suggested that modern man no longer needed God, so therefore, he is dead. They weren't original, the 19th century philosopher, Frederich Nietsche, said this in his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra. I couldn't stand having to study Nietsche for my philosophy degree. His theories led to Nazism. Those who claimed that God was dead did so because they didn't need him. He was no longer relevant to them. They had the world very well in control without having to be concerned with the presence of God.

    Perhaps, Dismis could see through the hypocrisy of the Temple priests and leaders of the Jewish people, who really didn't want God imposing himself on the nice neat order of things they had established for themselves. They had things under control. They certainly didn't want a Messiah coming who would question their lifestyle. Jesus did exactly that. They didn't need this. They didn't need him. So he was condemned to death.

    Here in the 21st century only a few people will say that God is dead, but many people act as though He is dead. They think that they don't need Him. They certainly don't want Him in their lives. They have everything under control, or so they think. And so they put God to death, attacking His Presence in the social structures of the world. Freedom of religion has been reduced to freedom from religion, and the Christmas Season has become the winter holidays.

    When we push God aside, keep him out of our lives, or at least parts of our lives, we are joining those who tried to put Him to death. If we do this enough, we, in our minds, will no longer consider the actions of a living God in the world or in our lives. Those who think they don't need God are joining the people who condemned Jesus to death.

    Jesus did not deserve to die. Dismis was very clear in stating from his cross that Jesus is an innocent man. Dismis also shouts out to the other criminal, that the two of them are certainly guilty and were suffering for their crimes. None of us are completely innocent. We are all dependent on the Mercy of God. Jesus did not need mercy from His Father. He was beautifully innocent. The one who was suspended on a cross for us, hanging between heaven and earth is the one whose death redeems us from the bondage of sin.

    And so we pray in the Divine Mercy Chaplet:
    For the sake of your sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
    For the sake of your sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

    And so the Catholic composer Matt Maher writes: Lord, we need you. How we need you! ©CCLI License #2368115

    Today's gospel presents this question: with whom do we identify? Do we identify with Dismis who recognized Jesus' innocence, and who realized that Jesus' death could be his passage to heaven, or do we identify with those who have no need for God and removed him from their lives, ignoring His presence?

    Dismis looked at Jesus and said, "Remember me when you come into your Kingdom." Dismis saw that he was being crucified next to the ruler of the spiritual kingdom. He realized that Jesus was the King of Kings. The spiritual is real. Jesus is Son of God; yet is one of us. We are members of His spiritual kingdom.

    This changes everything. The way that we approach life. The ultimate goal of our lives. Our plan to achieve this goal. Everything changes because we are members of the spiritual kingdom. We have experienced the love of Jesus. We need to live for Christ. We need to spread this love to others. We cannot be vengeful. We cannot be people of hate. We cannot allow or support any form of prejudice or bigotry. We are the people of Jesus Christ. We cannot join those who live in a way that says, "We don't need God."

    We do need God. And we love needing Him. We want the world to know that Jesus is our King. We need to proclaim to others with our lives, "Jesus is your king too."

    Jesus, remember us when you come into your kingdom.

    Readings of the day:
    First Reading: 2 Samuel 5.1-3
    Second Reading: Colossians 1.12-20
    Gospel: Luke 23.35-43

    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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