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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 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 Contributions are withdrawn from your bank account on the 20th of each month.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 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

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
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

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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

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    for Sunday, January 5, 2020

    The Solemnity of the Epiphany is one of the oldest celebrations of the Church, probably even older than the celebration of Christmas. It emphasizes that in Jesus all people have been saved from the ravages of sin. The Old Testament makes it clear that God loves His people. The Epiphany makes it clear that all who reverence God are His people.

    There are three events that the ancient liturgies referred to as epiphanies or manifestations of the Lord: the homage of the magi, the Baptism of the Lord, and the changing of water into wine at Cana. The Eastern and Orthodox Churches combine all three events in one celebration. The Western, the Roman Catholic Church, separates the events, focusing on the homage of the magi during the liturgical celebration of the Epiphany.

    We call them magi, wise men, and kings. Which were they? They were probably all three. The term magi refers to Persian priests who could interpret dreams, They were also astronomers and astrologers, people who sought God's message to humans in the stars. They were probably Kings because their arrival in Jerusalem created quite a stir and earned them an audience with Herod. They may have been leaders of various groups of people or of areas of Persia. We really don't know. We do know that they were wise men. A wise man is attuned to the will of God and puts it into action. We always consider that there are three magi because they brought three gifts, one from each magi. The names Balthasar, Melchior and Gaspar appeared somewhere in tradition.

    They sought the newborn King of the Jews. Now this was Herod's official title, King of the Jews. So you could see why they thought Herod would know where the baby was. They assumed that he was a member of the King's family. We can also understand why Herod was upset. He recognized the magi's understanding of the stars and realized that there must be a threat to his position out there, somewhere. He was correct. There was someone out there who would be called the King of the Jews. In fact in this same gospel, the Gospel of Matthew, this is the title that was put over Jesus' head when evil crucified Him.

    Regarding the star, the ancients believed that the birth or death of a great person was accompanied by astral phenomena. Perhaps the star was the confluence of the planets Jupiter and Saturn that modern day astronomers theorize occurred around that time. Perhaps the star was a comet. Perhaps it was a supernova. Or, perhaps, it was, as we often like to show, an angel guiding the magi. I, myself, prefer that last thought. The way I see it, if the Eternal Son of God, whom the universe could not contain, took on our human nature and become a baby for us, well, next to that, an angel becoming a guiding star is a mere sleight of hand.

    Finally, the magi sought to do homage to the newborn king, and did so when they found him in the house in Bethlehem. Doing homage means to make an action of submission before a person of great dignity and authority. A person would bow or prostrate himself. Homage is the proper attitude of humans before God. We continue this when we enter Church and genuflect before the Blessed Sacrament, or kneel during the Eucharistic Prayer and after receiving communion.

    The magi sought the newborn King of the Jews to do him homage. We also seek the Lord. Why? Why do we seek him? We seek him because we want him to be our king. We want him to be the focus of our lives. We are not satisfied with just calling upon him when we need him in times of crisis and challenge. We don't just call out to Jesus when a loved one is hurting, or has died, or when we have strife in our family, or when we need help at school or at work. We call out to him every day to be the center of our lives. This takes courage and determination. It is easy for us to say, "Lord, I need you here in my life, but not there. I need you in the hospital, but not when I'm thinking about going to that questionable party." It is easy for us to ask the Lord to be with us as we care for a sick person, but not with us when we go with a person with whom we sin. We know that we can't just call upon God some of the time, and ignore him the rest of the time. We don't want a God who will leave us alone so we can join in with the sin of the world. We want a God who will help us conquer sin, conquer sin in the world and conquer sin in our lives.

    And so, we also, like the magi, do him homage. We prostrate ourselves before God and we proclaim with our hearts, with our words, and with our lives, "You are the Holy One. You are Our God."

    Like the magi we have undertaken a journey. It is the journey of our lives. We journey to those places where the Lord is calling us to give witness to the world that He is the true King of the Universe. For our young people the places of their journey may include their schools, their colleges and those locations where they begin their adult lives. For our parents, the places of their journey may include each place their children need to go, each stage of their children's lives. For our retirees the places of their journey include doctors' offices and hospitals, and those places where we can reach out to others finishing the journeys of their lives. For each of us the places of our journeys include locations where people don't usually go to look for God, like a stable, or a homeless shelter, or a prison or a rehab program.

    Our lives are a journey seeking the Presence of the Lord. We journey with the magi to those Bethlehems where we can find the Lord. May your journey and my journey be safe, beautiful and full of the love of God.

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    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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