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

    for Sunday, June 28, 2020

    If today were not a Sunday, we would be celebrating the memorial of one of the Church Fathers, St Irenaeus. Irenaeus lived in the second century, about 130 to 203 AD. Among his writing, you will find the statement: The Glory of God is man fully alive. Think about that: The Glory of God is man fully alive. What does this mean? Let's break it down. Glory is that which radiates from God, that which shows His Holiness. Therefore, the Holiness of God is radiated in man fully alive. To be fully alive is to be alive both physically and spiritually, for we are spiritual beings as well as physical beings. Many people feel dead because they are dead. They live only for the physical and have sacrificed or refused to embrace their capacity for the spiritual. Man fully alive is more than physically alive. Man fully alive is spiritually alive. Therefore, to paraphrase Irenaeus' The Glory of God is man fully alive; we can say "The Holiness of God is seen in the man or woman who is totally, physically and spiritually alive.

    It is in this light that we can come to an understanding of those demanding mandates at the beginning of this Sunday's Gospel: Whoever loves Father or Mother more than me is not worthy of me; whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not takes up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

    Recently, there has been a supposedly humorous commercial on TV that shows a teenage girl getting home at a reasonable time in the evening and her mother, who should have eaten a snickers bar, yelling at her, "What are you doing home? You should be out someplace disappointing your father." The commercial is a joke, but, sadly, there are parents who try to convince their children to engage in actions that would destroy their spiritual lives. If they were to go along with their parents sinful demands, then they would be choosing the love of their parents over the love of God. This is not all that rare. I have come upon parents, few to be sure, but still parents who encourage their children to sin. I have come upon parents who have told their Teenage daughters that they need to be on birth control because it would be reasonable for them to have sex. I have come upon parents who have taught their children to cheat at business, or work. But mostly, sadly, I have come upon parents who have taught their children to hate. They have done this by refusing to control their own anger and hating others. If a child were to choose to follow a parent leading her or him to sin, then that child would be loving Father or Mother more than God. The child would not be worthy of God, at least not until he or she rejects sin.

    The second mandate really strikes us as excessive. It sure seems to be over the top to say, "Anyone who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." We hear this mandate, and we think about our children. Our hearts explode with love just picturing them in our minds. How can we be told that if we love them more than we love Jesus, we are not worthy of the Lord. How can this be? It is simply that Jesus Christ must be the center of our lives. We love our children because they are not just our children; they are the Lord's children. Parents are in the business of raising children for the Lord, not for themselves. If parents separate their love for their children from their love for the Lord, if the worship of God is not a priority in their home, if they let their children convince them that the Christian life is too demanding for modern day people, then these parents would be loving their son or daughter more than God. They would be unworthy of being a follower of Christ.

    But if parents, or better, when parents, allow the presence of God in their homes to motivate their every action, when parents are committed to raising their children to be the Christian men and women the world craves to find its meaning and worth, then their love for their children will reflect their love for the Lord. Catholic parents do not love their children more than they love God. Their love for their children is an expression of their love for God.

    And finally, "Whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me." Christ's love is sacrificial love. He loves by giving. He calls us to love by giving. This can be difficult. This can be a real cross. A person can have a serious illness. There can be deep pain and division within a family, a person may experience a horrible life-changing tragedy. A person might be in so much pain that he or she just wants to give up, even to the point of going to war with God rather than accept his or her situation in life as a participation in the cross of Christ. If we refuse to follow the Lord because we are convinced that our crosses are too much for us, then we are not worthy of being called disciples of the Lord.

    There is a popular expression, "If you have your health you have it all." This is not true. What is true is this: "If you have the Lord, you have it all."

    And St. Paul wrote: "Do you not realize that when you were baptized you were baptized into the death of Christ, so that you can live the life of Christ." Millions of Christians, billions of Christians, have died happy in the Lord because they have realized with their lives that nothing can ever separate them from the love of Christ. They have been and are fully alive, physically and spiritually. The Glory of God has shown through them. Again, St. Irenaeus, "The Glory of God is man fully alive."

    May we also be fully alive. May we be worthy followers of Jesus Christ.

     
    Readings of the day:
    First Reading: 2 Kings 4.8-12a, 14-16
    Second Reading: Romans 6.3-4, 8-11
    Gospel: Matthew 10.37-42

    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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