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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 development@archtoronto.org 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 Contributions are withdrawn from your bank account on the 20th of each month.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 campaign@archtoronto.org. 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 development@archtoronto.org.

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
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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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
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  • 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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    Reflections

    for Sunday, December 20, 2020

    The end of Advent has us in a state of eager expectation. Christmas is only a few days away. There is not much time left to prepare for the wonder about to take place. The Fourth week of Advent is not a week at all, just a few days, a few days for us to reflect one last time on the events leading to the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord. The Eternal Word of God is about to become one with us and one of us.

    Today's Gospel takes us to that most familiar scene. There is Mary, usually depicted as praying with a book by her prie-dieu. The Angel appears, Gabriel, and Mary is rightly astonished. He does not call her Mary. He says, "Hail, Full of Grace." We say, "Hail Mary, full of grace," but the angel just says, "Hail Full of Grace." Mary wonders, why would he call her that? What does this mean? The angel assures her that she is the favored one, she has found favor with God. She is to be a mother, the mother of Jesus, the Son of the Most High. Of course, any woman would wonder how this is going to happen. Even more, a virgin, perhaps 16 years old or younger, betrothed to a man whom mostly likely she had merely met, that being the extent of their relationship. The angel explains that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and the power of the Most High will overshadow her. He tells her about her kinswoman, Elizabeth, who has conceived in her old age.

    Then the angel waits. The world waits. All are waiting for Mary's response. Will she allow salvation to begin within her? Will God's special presence come upon earth? Will He become one of us? The world waits in eager expectation. And Mary humbly responds, "Behold." That word Behold is used again. The angel began his explanation for his presence with that word, "Behold" ...you will conceive and so forth. Behold. He used that word a second time when he told Mary about Elizabeth, "Behold Elizabeth your kinswoman has conceived." Behold. The word Behold means Witness the power, and wonder at the glory of God. Behold. Now Mary uses that word. "Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your word." Mary's Behold follows the meaning of the angel's Behold. She says, "Behold the power, the wonder and the Glory of God will take place within me."

    And the Word Becomes Flesh. It is at the Annunciation, at Mary's "Behold," when the Holy Spirit comes upon her and the Power of the Most High overshadows her. It is then that a baby is formed within her. This is not just a zygote that eventually become an embryo which soon becomes a fetus. This is a baby. In fact, every pregnancy begins with a baby. Mary's baby is different though. Her baby is the Word Become Flesh. God became One of us within Mary at the Annunciation. Later in the great story of salvation, under the cross, Mary would become a mother again, our mother.

    The world waited for her answer. Finally she said, "Behold."

    "Hail, full of Grace," Gabriel's greeting could be directed to each of us after our baptism. At our baptism, we received the Life of God. At our baptism, we received the grace of God. Did we receive the Grace of God to the extent that Mary receive Grace? No, we were not conceived totally united to God as Mary was at her conception. We were not immaculately conceived. It was after our conception and after our birth, and for some after a number of years that we were brought to the Church and received God's grace.

    We were given the Grace of God. In a way we also were overshadowed by the Holy Spirit so that we, like Mary, can fulfill the mission the Lord has for each of us. This mission is certainly not as momentous as Mary's, infinitely less, but it is still a mission from God. Our mission is to proclaim to the world that the spiritual has become physical, that God is One of Us and One With Us, that the evil one has been conquered, and the ransom price for human beings has been paid with the Body and Blood of the Christ. We are called to tell the world that those who believe that Jesus is the Christ will have life in his name.

    The world waits. It waits for our answer. Will we accept the mission God has for each of us? Will we spread the Kingdom of Justice, the Kingdom of Peace, the Kingdom of Love? Will we have the humility and the courage to join Mary and say, "Behold."

     
    Readings of the day:
    First Reading: 2 Samuel 7.1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16
    Second Reading: Romans 16.25-27
    Gospel: Luke 1.26-38

    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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