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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
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, April 10, 2011

Today's readings speak to us of the resurrection of the dead. Both the Prophet Ezekiel and the author of John's Gospel speak about people being brought back to life, people who have died and come back as themselves. Clearly the afterlife for a believing Christian is a personal experience and not just being absorbed into the divinity.

Today many people do not believe in any life after this one. Sometimes teachers in schools even try to convince young people that there is no God and nothing beyond this life. We who believe in Jesus Christ have a great confidence in a personal afterlife in which we shall be with the Lord and fully alive in every way.

When we hear the first reading, from the Prophet Ezekiel, we can at first wonder if this is just some sort of hope for the future or is it really a prophecy. Resurrection from the dead is generally not a part of the teachings of the Hebrew Scriptures. On the other hand, when we find passages such as this one, we can see how easy it was for some to begin to think about what happens after this life.

One of the challenges in the Gospel today is that Lazarus is brought back to life, but will have to die again. There is no promise here at all of a lasting resurrection, but simply a returning to life after dying. Lazarus is not raised in the heavenly body that will be his when he dies into the Kingdom.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Romans, is interesting in that it speaks of living in the flesh and living in the spirit. Most of us probably know this difference simply from our own life's experience. When we live in the flesh, we allow our desires, our wants and our attractions to determine how we live, without examining them very much at all. When we live in the spirit, we have the same desires, wants and attractions as before but we look at them from the perspective of our life in Christ and choose that which helps us live more profoundly in Christ.

Every time that we choose to reject sin and reject that which would lead us to be less in Christ, there is a sort of resurrection miracle present in our lives. Ultimately, any serious inner life in Christ is actually the work of the Holy Spirit and a gift of Christ Himself to us. Yet we must always do our part by cooperating, by seeking to choose that which helps us live this mystery of Christ more profoundly.

Living in the Spirit does not indicate that we never sin nor that we are never tempted to sin. It only implies that we seek to make the choices that keep us from sinning and which strengthen us in the bonds of serving Christ faithfully.

On this fifth Sunday of Lent, we can ask that we may know the power of the resurrection in our lives and that we may respond daily to Christ's invitation to life.

Readings of the day:
First Reading:
Second Reading:

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


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