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 Contributions are withdrawn from your bank account on the 20th of each month.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

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

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    for Sunday, May 24, 2020

    What a huge difference in the two partings of the Lord. The first time He left His disciples was when He died on the cross. They were stunned. They were grief stricken. Their hopes crashed. Their faith waned. They felt abandoned - for 48 to 72 hours. Then He appeared to them in His resurrected body. Shortly after that He left them again. He ascended into heaven. This time the disciples did not grieve. Their hope and faith was stronger than ever. He left them to go to the Father so He and the Father could send them their Holy Spirit. The Presence they needed remained.

    The Presence they needed, the Presence we need, is also the only presence that matters. All of us want to lead lives that make a difference in the world. The only way we can do this is to live in the Presence that Matters. Sometimes we are so bogged down in the materialistic aspects of our society that we get tempted to join the lie that having possessions will make a difference in the world. Therefore, we work hard not just to provide for others, but also to have the very best of as much stuff as possible. How many families suffer from an abundance of things but an absence of the presence of one or both parents, and an absence of the Presence that Matter, the spiritual presence? How many other families celebrate their love with far less material things but with a great spiritual presence?

    I was thinking about the sad life of t Bernie Madoff, the Ponzi scheme criminal who became a billionaire by stealing from those who trusted in him. Aside from the criminal aspects of his actions, Madoff had already done serious damage to his family by making possessions the goal of his life. I found it poignant that his mansions in New York City, Montauk Point, Long Island, and Florida as well as all the stuff he put into them did not bring his family joy. They were just places of confined rage. The presence his family needed was the presence of a man of truth and love, a man of God. Madoff could not or would not provide that for his family.

    You and I have witnessed so many families who are bound together by love not by possessions. These are the families that everyone here works hard to cultivate. You may be able to provide the best possessions for your families, you may not; but you are always able to provide that which your family needs, care, concern, and love that remains after the gifts are opened and stored and forgotten.

    The Church gives us saints as examples of how to live in the Presence that Matters. Consider St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Therese or Theresa of Lisieux. She was born Therese Martin, the fifth daughter of two very religious people, Louis and Zelie, who themselves would be canonized. When Therese was four, her mother died of breast cancer. The family remained devout. On Christmas of 1886, when she was 13, Therese felt a deep complete conversion. She was absolutely convinced that she had to give her life for Christ.

    That next summer the French newspapers were full of the stories of a Henri Pranzini who had murdered two women and a child. Pranzini represented all that was indecent in life. He showed no remorse for his actions. Theresa prayed fervently for his conversion. Then she read in the newspapers that just before his execution, Pranzini grabbed a crucifix and kissed it three times. Theresa was convinced that prayers had saved him. She wanted to devote herself to praying for others. The next year her family made a pilgrimage to Rome and Therese met the Pope, Pope Leo XIII, and begged him to allow the Discalced Carmelite Nuns to relax the rule that no girl could enter the convent until she was 16. The Swiss Guard carried her off, but eventually, she and the Lord won the battle and she was able to enter the convent in Lisieux.

    Therese was only a Carmelite for nine years before her own death in 1897, but during that time, she was a powerhouse of prayer. She prayed for priests, many of whom she came to realize were not the spiritual men that the world needed them to be. Her determination to care for the spiritual lives of priests has resulted in her being named the patroness of vocations. Therese also prayed for the missions. She was overwhelmed by the thought that millions would die without having the opportunity to learn about Jesus. She never left the convent, but she is also recognized as a patroness of foreign missions. Therese's life filled the world with the Presence that Matters. She is called the Little Flower because her life and her prayers filled the world with the fragrance of God's love.

    Therese wrote about the "Little Way" of doing all things, even the smallest thing, for the glory of God. Her autobiography, The Story of a Soul is one of the great spiritual works of the Church, so much so that in 1997 she was named a Doctor of the Church.

    Sadly, Bernie Madoff's life, at least to this point, does not matter. His presence has not changed the world for the better. It has done the opposite. However, Therese's life does matter. And so can your life. And so can my life. Like Therese, we also can make a difference in the world. We can fill the world with the Presence that Matters. We can and we must unite the world to Jesus Christ through our own union to Jesus Christ. This takes determination. This takes courage. This takes love. We have to have the determination to do everything we can for the Lord. We have to have the courage to be different from those people in the world who have no place for God in their lives. We have to have the courage to be holy. And we have to have a love of God that is so intense that the fire of that love inflames all we meet.

    There is no reason for us to look up into the sky. We have the Presence we need. Now we must go out into the world and provide others the Presence that Matters.

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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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