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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)
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, April 3, 2011

Today's Gospel is very long and very important for us in this time of Lent. The first question that it puts before us is the question of our own capacity to see. Do we see everything in the light of Christ? Too often we don't because our eyes are blinded for various reasons. All we need do is ask ourselves: am I looking at this situation in the way that I think Christ would look at it?

Sometimes, even when we get a momentary glimpse of how Christ might see a particular situation, we find ourselves still unable to live that insight. Even when we want to live that insight, the patterns of our lives, the habits that hold us, keep us from living in that light of Christ.

The first reading today, from the Book of Samuel, speaks to this same challenge. Samuel wants to anoint the eldest son of Jesse as the King. The Lord has to remind Samuel that it is God who chooses and God does no choose the same way as we humans choose because God knows us through and through. Surely this is one of the great defects of politics in every age: we choose not for a heart devoted to God but because of utility or liking or some other truly extraneous reason.

Saint Benedict in his Rule for Monks, points out that whoever is chosen as abbot of a community should be chosen for the wisdom of his teachings and the merit of his life. These two criteria could be well utilized in any election: wisdom and merit. If we follow the history of the kings after David, we see how quickly the criteria change from God's choice to simple expediency.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Ephesians, gives us similar advice: Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. In general, most of us do know what is pleasing to the Lord, especially if we have been striving to live as followers of Christ. That does not mean that we automatically choose what is pleasing to the Lord—it just means that we often know what is pleasing to the Lord. To choose is an act of the will. To choose is to do what is pleasing to the Lord.

We begin to see. Just as the blind man begins to see, we begin to see. Doing what is pleasing to the Lord is living in the light, it is both seeing and choosing. The more we walk with the Lord, the more light we have and the better our choices are.

May this Lent be a time of increasing light for all of us. May our vision become strong and clear. May Christ's light be our light.

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Second Reading:

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


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