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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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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
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
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Knights of Columbus
Meetings 3rd Thursday of the month
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, April 11, 2010

This Sunday is traditionally called by several names: Low Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, Thomas Sunday, the Octave of Easter, Sunday in White, Quasimodo Sunday or Divine Mercy Sunday. Each of these names focuses on one aspect of what is being celebrated today.

The name of the Second Sunday of Easter is easy to understand if we consider Easter itself the First Sunday of Easter. The name of the Octave of Easter is also easy to understand if we count, starting with Easter Sunday and ending with this Sunday. That would give us eight days and that is what the Octave means. In the understanding of the Church, an octave is really celebrating the same reality for eight days, counting it as only one Great Day. This happens because some solemnities are so important that it really takes at least a week to celebrate them properly. For Easter, the whole 50 days of Easter (from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday) are an attempt to celebrate the mystery of the Resurrection, which is the one mystery which can explain everything else about following the Lord Jesus.

The name of Thomas Sunday is also easy to understand because always we have the Gospel telling us about Saint Thomas on this Sunday. This Gospel explains the doubts of Saint Thomas and is also teaching us that we can have doubts and God will still love us and try to draw us to Himself. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe is for some believers. Saint Thomas is a model for another kind of believer.

Low Sunday could refer to the fact that we are at the end of the first week of Easter and life is returning a bit to normal. It could also be a contraction of the Latin word, Laudes, praise, and refer simply to the fact that even a week after Easter Sunday, we are still giving praise to the Lord, referring to the first word of a Sequence which was formerly used on this day Laudes Salvatori voce modulemur.

Sunday in White (Dominica in albis) seems to take its name from the newly baptised having worn white robes all week and on this Sunday they finally take them off after this celebration.

Quasimodo Sunday simply refers to the first word of the Entrance Antiphon (in Latin). In the past, many people knew all of the entrance antiphons for each Sunday throughout the entire year and would refer to a Sunday by the first word or words of the entrance antiphon for that particular Sunday; such as, Laetare Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, Resurrexi Sunday, etc.

For us who celebrate this Holy Mass today, the important focus is generally on the meaning of the Scripture readings. Thus the name of Thomas Sunday seems most apt to many today. Many today, however, are drawn to the devotion to Divine Mercy, and so see this Sunday in the light of that devotion. This still can be seen in the Gospel referring to Saint Thomas, since Christ Himself shows Divine Mercy to Thomas in today's Gospel account. It is also God's Divine Mercy that draws us into the Church as in the reading from the Acts of the Apostles. It is Divine Mercy that allows us, as in the second reading from the Book of Revelation, to recognize Jesus Christ in our world today.

So we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as our Divine Mercy and are drawn to recognize that our Lord loves us over and over, forgiving our doubts, strengthening us in faith, drawing us into His Church and revealing Himself to us. Let us thank the Lord for His mercy and love.

Readings of the day:
First Reading:
Second Reading:

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


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