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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
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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
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
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Sacrament of the Sick
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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
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St. Vincent de Paul Society
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, October 9, 2011

Today's Gospel from Saint Matthew is pretty confusing. We are not sure why the person got into the banquet without a wedding garment, but somehow that person did and should not have been there. It probably is an image of baptism. Everyone is invited to the Kingdom of God. Entry into the Kingdom is normally through baptism of some type, physical baptism, baptism by being a martyr or baptism of desire. Today we stretch baptism of desire to cover all those who are seeking truth and goodness and justice and right and may never have known Jesus as Savior.

The first reading, from the Prophet Isaiah, is also a strong reading that invokes wonderful images and can speak to the heart. When the Prophet tells us that nn this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, he is using figurative speech to tell us that in the end we shall understand how the truth touched each one of us.

None of us is without sin and it is sin that veils our vision of the Kingdom. With baptism, sin is removed and we are able to see the Kingdom with a spiritual vision. We sin again and again, but we also have the sacrament of reconciliation to open our eyes over and over. Our God is a God of compassion and love.

We can become like those who are invited and refuse the invitation if we refuse to follow the Lord, if we reject the baptism that opens our eyes, if we refuse the sacrament of reconciliation that continually gives us new vision.

Just as Saint Paul in his Letter to the Philippians, tells them that he receives all that he needs from the Lord, so also we can understand his words spiritually. When he tells us that his God will fully supply whatever we need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus, we can surely accept that God gives us all that we need in this life to perceive the Kingdom and to live in the Kingdom.

This seems true for everyone who honestly seeks the truth, everyone who seeks to love others and for everyone who sincerely tries to do right. God's love is so generous! Such an invitation is not meant to lead us to leave our Church in the hour of distress, but instead encourages us to see the truth beyond the stains of sinfulness.

Let us seek the Lord where He is to be found. Let us walk the path of salvation. Let us thank the Lord for opening our eyes so that we recognize His love and compassion even when hidden behind the sinfulness of our own lives, the sinfulness of other or the sinfulness of our Church.

Readings of the day:
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Second Reading:

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


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