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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.
    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
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 29th week in Ordinary Time
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    Reflections

    for Sunday, April 26, 2020

    Two men are taking a long walk of shock, disappointment and grief. They were walking from Jerusalem to their home in Emmaus. It was a long walk. Emmaus was about seven miles from Jerusalem, about a 4-hour walk. It was a long walk. It was a sad walk. The men had been disciples of Jesus of Nazareth. They had heard His message. They heard Him speak about the love of the Father. He said that they should pray to God addressing Him as a baby addresses his or her Father, Abba. They had heard Him speak about the love we need to extend to others. Life would be so beautiful; the world would be so wonderful if people would only love each other, especially those who need the love and compassion of others. The disciples had witness His deeds. Perhaps they were present when he raised up from the dead the son of the widow of Nain, or little Tabitha, or Lazarus. Perhaps they saw some of his healings. Certainly, they were present when he multiplied the bread and fish for thousands. They were sure that Jesus was the Messiah.

    But then everything fell into pieces. Jesus was arrested the Thursday before. He was treated horribly that night and then on the next day, scourged and crucified. The disciples were certain that this could not happen to the Messiah. They were in shock. They were disappointed. And they were in grief. They had loved this Jesus, and now He was gone. That day, it was Sunday, there had been a story that Jesus was not in the tomb. But that sounded far-fetched probably more wish than reality.

    Many of us have been on that road of grief. Our lives had been going well. We were happy. Perhaps, not giddy, but content. We had our plans all set and everything seemed to be fitting into place. Then something unforeseen happened, something tragic or at least challenging. During this last year, two young fathers in our parish died suddenly. Not only did their lives end sooner than they expected, but now their wives and children have to adapt to a new reality in the middle of their struggling with grief. Other people, young people, have come down with life threatening diseases and conditions like cancer or heart problems. Everything changed for them and their families.

    When tragedy strikes, it is quite normal for us to ask many questions. The main questions we ask are "Why? Why did this happen?" and "Where were you? Where were you God?"

    When the disciples on the road asked the Why question, they were taught that the answer to their question could be found in Scripture. The stranger that joined them on the walk told them about the Suffering Servant of Isaiah and then how the prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus suffering, death and resurrection.

    When we ask the Why question we also need to listen to what the Word of God is saying to us. Scripture tells us that there is infinitely more to life than the here and now. It tells us that we are made for eternity. It tells us that our loved ones have transitioned from this life to the next because physical life ends but the spiritual life remains. Scripture tells us that God can and does write straight with the crooked lines of our lives. We need to be exposed to the Word of God to deal with our lives. We need to read the Bible. We need to come to Church and hear how the passages of the Bible relate to our lives. "We're not our hearts burning when He explained the scripture to us?," the disciples said. Our hearts will also burn when we realize that everything that happens in our lives can and will be used by God as part of His plan.

    That is the best answer we can come upon for the Why question. Then there is the Where question. Where were you God when this happened? God answers, "I was right there with you." He is here with us now, rejoicing with us in the good times and crying with us in the stressful times. God is not remote, removed from us. The direct opposite. He is so close to us that He wants us to take His Body and Blood inside of us. We do this every time we receive communion. Then we come even closer to Him.

    Those disciples recognized the presence of God in the breaking of the bread. We call on our faith and recognize the presence of God in the Eucharist. We need to receive communion so we can cherish the very presence of God within us. We need to call out to Him for help. We need to ask Him to help us hold on, hold on to our being our best selves, to hold on to our faith.

    We have all been there with those disciples on that road. We will probably be there again. But we will never walk alone. Jesus is there walking with us, calming us, soothing us with His Word and strengthening us with His Eucharist.

    Our lives are a journey with the Lord on the road to Emmaus.

     
    Readings of the day:
    First Reading: Acts 2.14, 22b-28
    Second Reading: 1 Peter 1.17-21
    Gospel: Luke 24.13-35

    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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