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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
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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, September 26, 2010

Compete well for the faith! Fight the good fight of faith! These words from the second reading today, from First Timothy 6:12, really set the theme for today's liturgy. Both of the other readings are exhortations against getting lazy or complacent in our faith.

The first reading today is from the Prophet Amos and warns those who are complacent. Woe to the complacent, Amos tells us in no uncertain terms. Woe to those who are quite comfortable in their lives and don't care at all for the destruction of those who have faith.

We all know how easy it is to forget those who suffer and strive only to obtain the things that make our lives happy and comfortable. How difficult for any of us who get too comfortable and forget about all of those who are suffering in our world. How easy it is to forget that probably half of the world's population lives on only $2.50 a day and 80% live on less that $10 a day. Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.

Usually it is better not to use such statistics, but simply ask each one of us to visit a poor family in the area. How often have we ever done that? We can often find that there are members of our own Churches who live in dire poverty, but who still come to praise the Lord. They are far too often ignored by the rest of us.

The Gospel picks up this same theme, giving us a picture of a really poor man, Lazarus, a man of deep faith, living on the street in front of the house of a wealthy man. Today perhaps the city would build a shelter to hide the poor man, but would perhaps not do anything to change his condition. Would we?

The challenge for so many of us is that we don't see the poor and prefer not to see them. If we saw them consistently, we might actually do something. Just as many communities used to keep peoples of other races out of their areas, so also we do this with the poor. If we live in a city, most of us know where we could meet the poorest of the poor. Do we ever go there? The Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta can intercede for us so that we might overcome our aversions and our fears and actually meet and touch the homeless, the poor, the disfigured, those who are dying, etc. Just one small encounter might change our lives forever.

May we not end in the pit because of our uneasiness with the parts of society that we don't want to encounter! May the Lord give each of us courage.

Readings of the day:
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Second Reading:

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


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