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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
Weekday Masses
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
Elementary Schools
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

Wheel Chair Accessible

Office Hours
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
Sacrament of Baptism
Please contact the office as soon as possible
Sacrament of Matrimony
Please contact the office way in advance
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Please contact the office
Sacrament of the Sick
Please contact the office
Blessings (home, vehicle, workplace)
Please contact the office
Visiting the sick and elderly at home
Please contact the office

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.

Knights of Columbus
Meetings 3rd Thursday of the month
Please contact the office
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Please contact the office
Youth Group
Please contact the office
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for Sunday, February 28, 2010

This Second Sunday of Lent is always about the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus. Something clearly happened to Jesus in the presence of these three followers and they could not understand it at that time - but also kept looking for its meaning. Only with the passage of time do they come to understand Jesus as God, Jesus as the Son of Man, Jesus as the Redeemer.

We can be very much like those early followers of our Lord. We can find ourselves professing faith but having lots of doubts. We can experience a deep awareness of the divine and then deny it. We can be almost out of our minds because of some deep religious experience and then think that it was all illusion and craziness. These early followers of Jesus are fully human, just as we are.

Lent is about coming to know the Lord more profoundly in our personal lives and in the life of the Church. The first reading today, from the Book of Genesis, tells us about Abram, who becomes our father in faith Abraham. Genesis says that Abram put his faith in the Lord, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness. We need not think that Abram never had doubts! We know that he could not always understand what God was doing in his life - but even in his doubts, he trusted. That is part of the secret of Lent for us: learning how to trust even when we doubt. This is not easy to do.

We are invited in Lent first of all to profess faith in God and faith in a God who loves us and who touches our lives. We know that God's plans are not always our plans and so we can have a deep sense of trust in God even when things are going along miserably. We can a deep awareness of His love even when we find ourselves in hateful situations. Always doubt is there to draw us deeper into faith.

Saint Paul guides us in the second reading, from the Letter to the Philippians, telling us that we must live in this deep trust that eventually God will glorify us so that our lowly body will conform to His glorified body. This is the same type of promise that God gave to Abram and we are invited to have the same kind of faith.

As we continue this journey in Lent towards Holy Week and Easter, we need only meditate honestly on our own history, however short, to begin to understand that God is with us always. May the Holy Spirit enlighten us today so that we may understand the ways of God in our daily lives.

Readings of the day:
First Reading:
Second Reading:

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


Reflections are available for the following Sundays:


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