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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
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Blessings (home, vehicle, workplace)
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Visiting the sick and elderly at home
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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
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for Sunday, April 25, 2010

We often speak of this Sunday as Good Shepherd Sunday. In all three cycles of the Sunday readings, there is a reference to Christ as shepherd. Today's Gospel says so simply: my sheep hear my voice! No one can take them out of my hand.

Thus we are invited and challenged to hear the voice of the Lord Jesus today. It is by listening to His voice and recognizing His presence and believing in Him that we are saved. Surely we have to respond to that voice, but only believing gives us the strength to act from faith.

The first reading today, from the Acts of the Apostles, tells us about preaching the word of God. Only if we have heard that word ourselves can we preach it effectively. Again the challenge of this Sunday is to hear the voice of the Shepherd, to hear the voice of Jesus and to let it touch our hearts and our minds. If we ourselves are not converted, we shall never be able to draw others to the Lord.

The second reading today, from the Book of Revelation, speaks of the countless numbers of people who are saved. It is the Lamb who is in the center of the throne, who will shepherd them. Again we have the image of Christ as the Shepherd who leads us, who draws us to Himself, who delights in saving us in His own blood.

Sometimes we surely ask ourselves: how do we listen to God and let His word transform us? There is no easy answer. We can read the Scripture every day and sometimes it seems not to penetrate us. We can try to meditate and at times, all we have is inner emptiness. We can ask God to possess and yet at times we sense only abandonment.

In all of this, we must persevere. We must continually ask God to touch our hearts and our minds, even when we find ourselves resisting Him. We must continue to read the Scriptures even when they seem foolish and empty. We must continue with meditation, prayer and contemplation even when nothing seems to happen. Perseverance over many years of knocking at God's door is the only answer. He may give us small glimpses at times or He may leave us in darkness for years.

We are invited to hear the voice of our Good Shepherd. We know that He is with us, even when we walk in the valley of darkness. May our profound awareness of His presence lead us onward, believing that in the end, He will give us light and let us hear His voice. Let us sing alleluia to the Lord.

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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