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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, November 21, 2010

When we read today's Gospel, we see that Jesus is called King of the Jews. His style of kingship is not what anyone was expecting. The first thing that a king must have if he is to continue as king is some kind of power. Jesus seems helpless. Jesus actually chooses to be helpless and to allow himself to be ridiculed and despised. This surely does not sound like a king with any power.

The teaching in the Gospels is absolutely clear: If you want to be first, then be the last. If you want to have power, then become the servant of all others. The Solemnity of Christ the King is not about power or about being firstóno, it is about doing the will of the Father. Today's challenge is not for Christians to take on power and prestige. Today's challenge is about Christians believing and being will to suffer for their beliefs.

The first reading today is from the Second Book of Samuel and tells about the anointing of David as king. If we look at David, we find a man who is faithful to the Lord, but also a great and glorious sinner. David has immense energies and they are not all given over to serving God. In this sense David is a good model for all of us. What stands out in David's life is his ability to repent of his sins and to turn back to God. In this sense, David is a model king.

Most of us in the West are not very familiar with actual living kings because kings and queens have mostly disappeared. Those that remain are no longer kings and queens with any absolute power. Most are constitutional monarchs. It doesn't really matter, because the image of the king is simply the image of a very powerful person who is able to unite a people. In that sense, a president today could also be seen as a king. In the tradition of the Old Testament, of course, kings are anointed. They have a mission from God. Our presidents today are not anointed but almost always we expect them to be saviors.

Perhaps we could spend time today reflecting that in Christ the King we have the reconciliation of all things, according to the Second Reading from the Letter to the Colossians. The only way to this reconciliation is through suffering and death. We are invited to die to ourselves today and to allow the world to be reconciled in us. This can only happen when we are able truly to forgive everyone who has ever harmed us or caused us problems.

Forgive and you shall be forgiven. Be at peace and you will bring reconciliation. Take up the Cross so that you may share the Resurrection.

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Second Reading:

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


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