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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, January 15, 2012

Ordinary Time brings us back to the beginnings of Christ's ministry among us. The readings today focus on the fact that we are called to follow the Lord. Perhaps we have never recognized that we are called. Perhaps we think that first we have chosen to follow Christ. The Gospels tell us over and over that it is not we who have chosen Christ, but He who has chosen us.

The reading from the First Book of Samuel tells us about the call of Samuel. Very often in the Hebrew Scriptures we find the prophets are called, kings are called, etc. These Scriptures then recount to us the response of the person who has called.

Lest we think that only great people are called, we hear often the refrain: He has chosen the lowly; He has chosen the broken-hearted; He has lifted up the humble; He has chosen the weakest; etc. All of these phrases are meant to show that God calls anyone He chooses and that God calls everyone in some way. We know that history generally records the deeds of great people and not the deeds of us who are normal and who have little, if any, influence on our world.

God calls us to glorify Him in our body. Perhaps we misunderstand the meaning of the second reading today. It is not easy to understand or accept that the body is for the Lord and the Lord is for the body. This teaching from First Corinthians is profound and needs to be meditated. It is as simple as this: God created us for Himself and for ourselves. We must be true to that primeval relationship if we are going to live a life full of joy and depth.

The call that we heard about in the life of Samuel is a call direct from the Lord. Samuel had been living in the temple, giving his life to the Lord. The call in the Gospel begins with these two men, followers of John the Baptist, hesitantly beginning to follow the Lord and, almost out of embarrassment, asking Him where He lives. He had asked them what they were seeking, and they do not answer that question - perhaps it is too close to their hearts.

So often we also long for a savior without realizing that it is the Savior that we really want. Too often we are shy about speaking of the Christ. We are a bit embarrasses at times to say bluntly: Jesus is the Lord! Jesus is my Lord! This Sunday we are invited to walk again with Jesus, to discover how deeply He is my Lord and to learn how to draw others to Him. Let us begin this walk through Ordinary Time with confidence that He has come to save us.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: 1 Samuel 3.3b-10, 19
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 6.13c-15a, 17-20
Gospel: John 1.35-42

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


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