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Pastor: Fr. Gigi Philip
Administrative Assistant: Cynthia Livera

Sunday Masses
Saturday5:00 PMEnglish,
Couples for Christ Choir
Sunday9:00 AMItalian
Italian Choir
10:30 AMEnglish,
Children's Liturgy
12:00 PMEnglish,
Children's Liturgy
St. Norbert Singing Angels Choir
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Tuesday7:00 PMItalian,
Devotion to Padre Pio
Wednesday7:00 PMEnglish,
Devotion to Our Lady of
Perpetual Help
Thursday8:30 AMEnglish,
Devotion to St. Norbert
Friday8:30 AMItalian
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament till 9:15 AM
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St. Norbert - 60 Maniza Rd. 416-393-5309
St. Robert  - 70 Bainbridge Avenue 416-393-5297
Secondary Schools
Madonna   - 20 Dubray Avenue 416-393-5506

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Monday - Friday    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM;
(Lunch break 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM)
100 Regent Road
North York, Ontario M3K 1H3
Phone: 416-636-0213
Fax: 416-636-9431
Saturdays 4:15 - 4:45 PM and upon request
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
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Sacrament of the Sick
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Visit Vocations Toronto at, a resourceful site in answering these questions.

Knights of Columbus
Meetings 3rd Thursday of the month
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, January 31, 2010

When we read the Gospel today, from Saint Luke, we see this first strong rejection of Jesus. Last week Jesus read from the Prophet Isaiah and told his own people that he was the fulfillment of that prophecy. This week we see the response: total and complete rejection. They did speak highly of Jesus at first, but as they began to realize what He was saying, they simply could not accept His words.

This happens to lots of people even in our own time. People who grew up believing, but then as they get older, they reflect on what they have been taught—and they reject it. It really makes no sense at all to lots of people that a human being could be God. It does not matter what miracles He works, it does not matter how He interprets the Jewish Scriptures, for us the Old Testament. It is simply inconceivable that a real man could be God.

On the other hand, today lots of people like to say that we are all gods. We Catholics do believe that in some sense we have become divine because of Jesus. But we never claim that we are gods in the sense the He is God. We always say that we are adopted children whereas He is the true and complete Son of God.

Still others will say that any and all religions have truly damaged humanity. We will surely see this stated in modern court cases. There is a huge attempt today to deny any validity to religious belief.

The first reading, from the Prophet Jeremiah, states fairly straightforwardly that this prophet will suffer for what he tells the people. This is the kind of prophecy that Jesus knows will come true in His own life. Anyone who begins talking to others with a message that states that God is talking through him is either totally crazy, mentally disturbed, an unbalanced fanatic, or something worse. The chances of someone like that really reflecting a message from God is so unlikely. How much more unlikely is the person who claims to be God!

Our whole Christian faith is based on the presupposition (for us, the belief) that God does speak to us and that God can direct our actions and that God can and has become one of us. If we reject this, then we should not claim to be Christians because it is so clearly was Jesus taught, said and insisted on.

The First Letter to the Corinthians today is telling us that at the heart of our Christian faith, we are being formed to love one another, to love even our enemies, to be able to reflect the love that God has for us. We can spend some time this Sunday simply reflecting on today's words about love: Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

Surely we share in Christ's divinity if we can live this way. May He draw us by His love so that we may walk in His paths.

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Second Reading:

Homily from Abbot Philip, OSB, of the Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert.


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