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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
    Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 30th week in Ordinary Time
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    Reflections

    for Sunday, December 8, 2019

    Last year I decided to put up my Christmas decorations in my house........on December 26th. That didn't work. So, this year I decided to get to them early. I bought a tree on Monday, let it sit in water until Thursday and then performed the most exquisite example on how not to decorate a tree on Thursday. I'm really bad at that, but then again, its better than nothing. So, I'm ahead of last year. A bit.

    We all spend a lot of time getting ready for Christmas. There's the gifts, the cards, the decorating, the cooking, the visits to Santa, the children's pageants. Why do we do all this? "Well, everyone else is doing it," you might say. "We can't be the only house on the block without Christmas lights." There's some truth to that. After all we want to join those who are celebrating the birth of Jesus. The gifts are meant to be an expression of our joy in God's gift of His Son, for He so loved the world. The cards might seem insignificant, but they are really important. Perhaps there might be someone we drop a card to whose life will brighten when they hear from us. And as far as the children are concerned, we want them to be full of joy on Christmas and we need to spend time reminding them why this is a day of joy. The music specific to the Christmas season is important too. The carols get us in the mood to celebrate as they remind us what we are celebrating.

    So, there is an importance to all our Christmas preparations. It would be sad, though, if we didn't do the most important preparation: preparing our souls to celebrate the coming of Jesus as one of us.

    Maybe we take this granted. After all, we are all concerned Catholics. We wouldn't be here in Church if we weren't. But we do have to be careful that having so much to do in a short time we just presume that spiritually we'll be ready for Christmas.

    Think about the Pharisees and the Sadducees who came to John for Baptism in today's Gospel. John is pretty rough on them. He calls them a brood of vipers. They are going through the motions of accepting his baptism of repentance, but they are not sincere. Perhaps they, as always, were concerned with putting on a show of piety. He tells them to prove that they want a change in the world by producing good fruit. He warns them that it is not enough to say that they are children of Abraham. They have to live as God's people.

    The real preparation for Christmas that you and I need to make is our determination to turn from evil and sin and hatred and turn to celebrate the One who brings peace and love to the world. We have penance services and increased times for reconciliation to help us turn from sin. We have special charitable opportunities like the Advent Giving Tree and Project Thanks to help us foster love.

    We do have to be careful that with all the Advent preparation we make, we don't make the mistake of Befana in a folktale of the Epiphany. Let me read it to you in poetic form:

    Befana the housewife, scrubbing her pane,
    Saw three old sages ride down the lane,
    Saw three gray travelers pass her door,
    Gaspar, Balthazar and Melchior.

    "Where journey you, sirs?" she asked of them.
    Balthazar answered, "To Bethlehem,
    For we have news of a marvelous thing,
    Born in a stable is Christ the King."

    "Give him my welcome,"
    Then Gaspar smiled,
    "Come with us mistress to greet the child."

    "O happily, happily would I fare,
    "Were my dusting through,
    and I polished the stair."

    Old Melchior leaned on his saddle horn,
    "Then send but a gift to the small Newborn."

    "O gladly, gladly, I'd send him one,
    "Were the hearthstone swept
    and my weaving done.

    "As soon as I've baked my bread,
    "I'll fetch him a pillow for his head,
    "And a coverlet too," Befana said.

    "When the rooms are aired and the linen dry,
    I'll look to the babe,"
    But the three rode by.

    She worked for a day, and a night and a day,
    Then, gifts in her hand, she took up her way.
    But she never found where the Christ Child lay.

    And still she wanders at Christmastide.
    Houseless, whose house was all her pride.

    Whose heart was tardy, whose gifts were late,
    Wanders and knocks at every gate.
    Crying, "Good people, let the bells begin.
    "Put off your toiling and let love in."

    "Put off your toiling and let love in." This is what Christmas is about: letting love in. We are going through a difficult time in the world and in our country. There are, sadly people who think that in certain circumstances bigotry and hatred are acceptable. Right wing groups like the KKK are convinced that they are being good Americans if they hate others. Those in Middle East terrorist groups express their hatred in many horrible ways. Those affected by terrorists think they have a right not only to hate those who attack them but also anyone of the terrorists' faith. More than that, some people think they have a right to hate all people from the Mideast. I was talking to a lady recently who was a Catholic rom Iraq. She told me how difficult it was for her to love when she is continually abused with hateful remarks from people so bigoted that they don't even notice the persecution Iraqi Catholics suffer. It is amazing how hatred and ignorance work hand in hand. Some people who hate act as though they are good Christians. They are not. True followers of Jesus Christ respond to His call to make the Lord's love real in the world.

    The world need true Christians now more than ever. The world needs us to celebrate Love Become One of Us, with our determination to end the antagonism and hatred by removing hatred from our own lives.

    The preparations we are making for Christmas are important, but nothing is more important than our efforts to Let Love In.

    Let love into our lives. Let Love into our world. This is the best way, the true way, the only way that we can celebrate the Child.

     
    Readings of the day:
    First Reading: Isaiah 11.1-10
    Second Reading: Romans 15.4-9
    Gospel: Matthew 3.1-12

    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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