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Pastor: Fr. Gigi Philip
Administrative Assistant: Cynthia Livera

Sunday Masses
Saturday5:00 PMEnglish,
Singles for Christ Choir
Sunday9:00 AMItalian
Italian Choir
10:30 AMEnglish,
Children's Liturgy
Organist/Soloist
12:00 PMEnglish,
Couples for Christ Choir
Weekday Masses
Tuesday7:00 PMItalian,
Devotion to Padre Pio
Wednesday7:00 PMEnglish,
Devotion to Our Lady of
Perpetual Help
Thursday7:00 PMEnglish,
Devotion to St. Norbert
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament till 8:00 PM
Friday8:35 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)
Contact
100 Regent Road
North York, Ontario M3K 1H3
Phone: 416-636-0213
Fax: 416-636-9431
office@stnorbertschurch.org
www.stnorbertschurch.org
Confession
Saturdays 4:15 - 4:45 PM and upon request
Sacrament of Baptism
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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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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 www.vocationstoronto.ca, 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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Reflections
for Sunday, February 12, 2012

Anyone who has read the life of Saint Damien of Molokai will have a deepened understanding of the awful situation of the leper in society. Even today, where there is medicine to treat the disease, in many countries it is still a cause for social banishment. Mother Marianne Cope, who also worked with the lepers in Molokai will be canonized this year.

Because some illnesses in the past were totally misunderstood, there was need to try to find ways to stop them from spreading. This is the intent of the first reading today. It goes hand in hand with today's Gospel.

The challenge in most countries today is not physical leprosy as we find it in the Scriptures, but all kinds of moral leprosy. Today so much of our culture does not even understand that it is sick. The lack of moral values is so widespread that it now seems normal. Having any moral values is what now seems abnormal.

Yet even in our own time, some people recognize eventually that their ways of living have harmed them and then they can begin to recover from this lack of morality, this lack of any value system other than pleasure, power and money.

Today second reading, from the First Letter to the Corinthians, tells us: whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. This is a clear and straightforward antidote to the moral sickness of our time.

If we look at the physical illnesses of our own time, there are very few which cause us the fear and uneasiness that leprosy would have caused in the Jewish Scriptures or in the Christian Scriptures. The AIDS Virus is one of the diseases that does cause fear and distress, but mostly in poor countries. In the United States there is now enough treatment for this virus that no one seems to fear it any more - or least the fear is not very large. In many poor countries, however, the HIV virus has effects very similar that of leprosy in the Old and the New Testaments.

One middle-aged man related going to visit his home village after more than 10 years of absence. He found that everyone his own age had died. Most of the people between 20 and 60 had died. The really old were now caring for their grandchildren or great grandchildren because everyone else was dead. It was an enormous shock to this man.

You are I are called by today's Scripture readings to love all other people, even the lepers and the outcasts. By the way that we live, we must invite others also to begin to love and serve the outcasts. It is not a matter of preaching moral values or of condemning those whose actions have messed up their own lives and often the lives of others. It is a matter of loving such people and serving them - and a matter of us living the values of the Gospel.

May this day bring each of us closer to our Lord in love and in action. May we never fear serving others, no matter how awful the other person may seem or no matter the lack of moral values in the other person. Jesus simply tells us: love your enemy!

 
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Leviticus 13.1-2, 45-46
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10.3111.1
Gospel: Mark 1.40-45

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

   

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