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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, March 21, 2010

The Prophet Isaiah tells us today that our God is doing something new. We see what is new in the second reading and in the Gospel. Lent is a wonderful time to remember that God is doing something new - and inviting us to share in His life.

Saint Paul tells us in the letter to the Philippians today that, for Christ's sake, he has accepted the loss of all things and considers them so much rubbish in order to gain Christ and be found in him without any righteousness of his own. This begins to describe what is new: gaining Christ and being found in Christ. The goal is resurrection in Jesus Christ and living with him forever.

Saint Paul is very clear that this goal of resurrection has not yet been achieved. He tells us that he strains forward toward the goal.

What about us who follow Jesus as our Lord today? Do we have any sense of urgency left in us? Do we see resurrection in the Lord Jesus as a goal, something to work towards in our daily lives? Can we see ourselves every day striving for this goal in Jesus Christ? Lent is a time of renewing the focus and aim of our lives.

The Gospel shows us one example of what new creation and living in the Lord Jesus means: forgiveness. We can always hear the admonition of Jesus echoing in our souls: neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more!

What God is doing for us in Christ Jesus is giving us a power of the Holy Spirit to be able to live without sin. That power of the Holy Spirit is not always immediately apparent and there are times when we are not faithful to that power. So Jesus also forgives us our sins. In the early Church there was a sense that a Christian could only go to confession once in a life-time. That was party of the reason that many people did not confess their sins. As the whole understanding of forgiveness developed over the centuries, the Church came to understand that those who follow Christ can always confess their sins. They will always hear from Christ the same words: Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on sin no more.

As we grow in our following of the Lord Jesus, we come to accept that we do fail and that we need to confess our sins and receive the forgiveness of Christ over and over and over in order to continue the struggle against sin in our lives.

May this Lent make us deeply aware of God's love and God's forgiveness for us in such a way that we can receive His sacraments with joy and gladness and trust completely in His love and forgiveness.

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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