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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
Please contact the office
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for Sunday, January 29, 2012

It seems fairly clear now, some two thousand years after the birth of Christ that we still don't listen very well to the word of God. Today's first reading puts Moses before. Moses tells us that God will raise up prophets to instruct us and that we should listen to them. Throughout the whole of the Jewish Scriptures, the story is the same: we don't listen very well if we listen at all.

In our Christian Scriptures, such as today's Gospel reading, Jesus is listened too because He speaks something new, He heals someone and people are astounded. But it does not last. Yes, there is always a following for Jesus, a groop of people who want to listen to Hm. Many come because they want healing, but sometimes they seem to go away, even after being healed. Others come because they are hungry. Some of them also leave when they get food. At the end, there are very few who stay with Him to the Cross.

Are we, His followers of today, any different? Probably not! What should this tell us? The salvation is a gift of the Lord and not something that we earn by listening well and always doing His will. God wants to save us. Our part in salvation is to keep on trying, accepting our brokenness but asking for forgiveness. We should always trust in God's Mercy.

As we have heard in today's second reading, we hear a plea to give ourselves to God completely. The author of that letter thinks that it is easier to do it without getting married. That may be so but what really counts is listening to what God wants of us here and now. If we are called to be married, let us embrace that with joy and know that it is our way to salvation. If we are called to be single in the world, a consecrated religious or a priest, let us give thanks for that and strive to live that vocation well.

Neither of these ways of serving the Lord will free us from our sins. Only God does that. Both married and single must ask help in their lives and every day seek the Lord once more, trusting that He loves us. For all of this, let us give thanks to the Lord.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Deuteronomy 18.15-20
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7.17, 32-35
Gospel: Mark 1.21-28

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


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