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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
Please contact the office
Youth Group
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for Sunday, October 17, 2010

We must learn to pray always without becoming weary and we must learn to support one another in prayer. This is the basic teaching for us this week. The images that are used to convey such teach may appear to us somewhat strong or even perhaps against our modern value system. We are invited to focus on the teachings and not on the images.

The Book of Exodus has lots of stories of killing others who get in our way. This was fairly accepted manner of getting more territory, or accumulating wealth, of gaining power. We humans, even today, never seem totally comfortable just staying at home and not getting involved with others. As soon as we get involved with others, then the challenge of social ethics confronts us: how to relate to others. As Christians, the questions of relationships to others is guided by the teachings of Christ.

It is a long road from the Book of Exodus to the teachings of Christ. On the other hand, the teaching about prayer remains basically the same: prayer without becoming weary and learn to support one another in prayer. The challenge at times is to choose what to pray for. We are no longer free to choose to pray for harm to our enemies. We can pray that God help us find a way to live in peace and harmony with our enemies.

The image of Moses holding his hands up in prayer and then becoming weak is a striking image. Only with the help of two others is he able to continue in prayer. We can recognize that having others pray with us, supporting us in prayer, can make an enormous difference in our praying. Praying aloud in the presence of others and inviting them to pray with us can be a very humbling experience.

The Gospel of Luke gives us the image of a widow insisting with an unjust judge that he must give a just decision for her. Perhaps we also think of an old widow, an old woman, but the image simply refers to a widow. However old she is, she has learned to insist on what is right and just.

Most of us give up far too easily when we ask for things from others. We accept a negative answer and believe that we can do nothing more. In prayer, if God does not give us what we are asking for almost immediately, we presume that His answer is “no” or that God simply does not care.

If we look at the history of prayers, the history of saints who pray, we find that many saints prayed for decades before finally being given what they had prayed for. Even though today's Gospel insists that God will be quicker than the unjust judge, we also know that if we continue to ask for something, God continues to listen.

Today let us renew our commitment to pray, to pray without getting weary and pray, supporting one another in prayer. We can form wonderful human communities based on prayer and love. Let us pray!

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


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