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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

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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
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)
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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
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, June 20, 2010

The readings this Sunday are strong because they speak about the necessity of suffering in life and about the suffering of the Savior. None of us humans, not even Christ Himself, really likes suffering. We much prefer a life that is full of meaning, perhaps has some small challenges or even large ones, but which does not involve really strong sufferings.

The first reading today, from the Book of Zechariah, speaks about events in the time of Zechariah but also is a foretelling of the life of our Savior. Any parent who has lost an only son, a son who was also the firstborn, knows the incredible grief that is described here. Anyone who has been close to such a happening can have at least some idea of this grief and sorrow. As we contemplate such grief, we also come to understand a small bit the sorrows of the Virgin Mary.

The second reading today is from the Letter to the Galatians and is a profound teaching showing how Christians are incorporated as children of Abraham. Far too often we forget that we are children of Abraham, children of the promise, children of faith. God will not abandon us. God is the God of the living. We are invited to believe even when it looks as if God's promises to us are empty. This is the faith of our father, Abraham.

The Gospel from Saint Luke today tells us about Jesus conversation with his followers while they are alone and apart, praying. The words of Jesus tell of his sufferings that will come. Just as we do not want our friends and loved ones to suffer, neither do the followers of Jesus want Him to suffer. The challenge is really about how we accompany one another in suffering. The apostles had to learn with some very hard lessons that their task was to embrace the sufferings necessary to proclaim the good news.

Today on this Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time, we are invited to look at our own lives and choose to suffer when that is necessary for the sake of following the Lord Jesus. We must become accustomed to suffering without necessarily seeking suffering.

We must come to have the wisdom and knowledge that through the suffering of Christ the world has been redeemed. We are invited to be part of the redemption and we too will suffer. Let us walk forward in faith.

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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