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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, March 13, 2011

These three temptations presented to us in the Gospel today speak of hunger, spirituality and power. All of us recognize the challenge of hunger. When we are hungry, we want to eat. Jesus had been fasting for 40 days and clearly he was hungry. He had to turn to His Father in order to resist the pangs of hunger and the offer of food.

We humans hunger after many things, not just food. We have all kinds of appetites and Lent is a good time to recognize the appetites that run our lives or are most important in our lives. For some people, it is the hunger for recognition. For others, it may be a hunger to be better than others. Another person may hunger for an emotional relationship. Some people hunger after money. Whatever appetites we have, we are more able to work with them for God's glory if we recognize them and how they work within us.

Spirituality is a wonderful gift for all of us. On the other hand, we must be sure that it is Gospel spirituality and not something else. The basic spirituality of the Gospel is loving others and being willing to serve them, even when they reject us or despise us. The devil in today's Gospel is pushing a spirituality of the miraculous. Surely God will save the Lord. That is never in question. But the Lord recognizes that His Father wants Him to act normally and to embrace a normal spirituality. If God has not given a very special gift to someone, and a gift that is verified by others as being truly of God, then that person should never presume to put God to the test. That would be like taking off in an airplane and believing that God will show me how to pilot it even when I have never had a single lesson. God can do the miraculous but that is his free gift to us. When we insist on the miraculous, we misunderstand God.

Power is such an illusion and such a temptation. Jesus tells us that the only real power is the power of love. The devil offers a different kind of power, the power of dominion. Dominion is when I insist that you work for my good rather than my looking for your good. True love is a willing of the good of the other person in preference to my own good. True love always accepts sacrifices on my part for the good of the other person. Dominion expects the other person to sacrifice themselves for me.

The first reading, from the Book of Genesis, simply confirms that from the beginning there has been this tension among humans about whether we really want to serve or do we want others, including God, to serve us.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Romans, is clear that the only way to regain the spiritual and moral freedom that Adam and Eve had before their fall is to obey Jesus Christ and live in love.

May this Lent help each one of us understand what we must do to love more and to live in Christ.

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Second Reading:

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


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