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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
Please contact the office
Blessings (home, vehicle, workplace)
Please contact the office
Visiting the sick and elderly at home
Please contact the office

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, March 4, 2012

If God is for us, who can be against us? Lent is a time to recognize that God is for us, always and everywhere. God is for us, not matter how much a situation may seem to be against us. God is always for us.

The first reading for today, from the Book of Genesis, is a real challenge. Too often we read stories like this one today and don't stop to think of the anguish of Abraham or of the absolute terror of Isaac. These stories speak about terrible human situations and the necessity of finding God in such happenings. They speak of the promptings of God in our lives and how we must listen attentively to Him. The story of Abraham is a terrible story and yet also helps us comprehend the love God has for us in sending Jesus to be our Savior.

The Gospel today is almost comic. Obviously something happened on the mountain that disoriented Peter, James and John. They had some small glimpse into the life of Jesus and its anguish. They also saw a bit of His divinity shining through Him. What an incredible experience!

Both the reading from Genesis and from the Gospel of Mark can be summed up in the Letter to the Romans: Christ intercedes for us.

These thoughts repeat for us the message: God loves us entirely, God always pardons us. God is willing to give His Son for us. Jesus is willing to die for us! This is the Good News of Lent. It is only Good News if we can hear it. Our ears are so often deaf. The penance of Lent is to help us open our ears. The penance of Lent has nothing to do with punishing us, nor with tell us that we are no good. It was to do with our desire to have ears that can hear God, eyes that can see God and hearts that can love God.

So as we begin this Second Week of Lent, let us walk with joy even as we continue with penance! Let us recognize that we want our lives to be changed so that all that we live and hope and are may be the gift of God who loves us.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Genesis 22.1-2, 9-13, 15-18
Second Reading: Romans 8.31b-35, 37++
Gospel: Mark 9.2-10

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


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