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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
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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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Visiting the sick and elderly at home
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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, March 11, 2012

The foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength - this phrase from the First Letter to the Corinthians should speak to our hearts in this time of Lent. We want to follow God and that will make us fools. Human wisdom is so opposed to the wisdom of the Gospel that there are many efforts today to make our human understanding more important than the Word of God.

Surely in the past fifty years we have seen a deeper understanding of the Word of God in many ways. We have also seen a huge disrespect for the Word of God grow in our Western cultures. We have seen strong and intense movements to play down the Word of God or to speak of it as so conditioned by the culture of its own time that it has very little meaning left today.

We no longer ask if our actions are in accord with God's Word, but only if something makes us happy. All of our actions are fine as long as we don't hurt anyone else. The ethics and morality of modern culture are dictated by public opinion, not by the Word of God.

In this context, the Ten Commandments from our first reading, from the Book of Exodus, are practically meaningless. Modern thinking would say that they surely cannot be objectively what God wants of us! First of all, we ourselves are the most important people and we have a right to be happy. The Ten Commandments come from a previous age in which there was little understanding of what we humans really need to be happy. Thus we turn to ourselves as the basic standard of morality and ethics.

Even from the point of view of objective ethics, the values and ways of living that we experience in our modern world are not so very good. They are even less good when seen in the light of Scripture as truly the Word of God, revealing Himself to us so that we can know what true happiness is.

We need to hear the words of today's Gospel of Saint John: turn over the moneychangers' tables, do not accep

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Exodus 20.1-17
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1.18, 22-25++
Gospel: John 2.13-25

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


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