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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, March 25, 2012

We come closer and closer to Holy Week and to the Sacred Triduum - those last three days of Holy Week which express the fullness of our faith in such a striking way. The readings given to us today look forward to those three days.

The Prophet Jeremiah reminds us of God's love for us: I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more. This is a God who always forgives us, even as He invites us to return to the right path and to do what is right and just. This God is not an uncaring God, but a God who reaches out to us over and over. This is not a condemning God, but a God who invites to live in grace, joy and love.

The Letter to the Hebrews deepens this sense of the Father's love for us in Christ Jesus: Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered. This is a God who loves us so much that He gives us His own Son, who takes on our humanity so that we can share in the divinity of God Himself.

It is clear from the Scriptures that our Lord Jesus prayed to be freed from the terrible sufferings that He could see coming to Him. His prayer was always: not My will but Your will be done.

The Gospel of John which we have heard today has the same theology of Christ's suffering. Now is the time of judgment on this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.

The only way forward is to go through the suffering. Jesus willingly takes on the suffering for us--because He loves us. Jesus sees that the only way forward is through His death, for us. Jesus recognizes that, no matter how difficult, He came into the world to save us.

I will draw everyone to myself! What wonderful words of strength and consolation for us who believe in Him. Even as we prepare for Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum, when we celebrate once more the death of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection, we can give praise to God. Just as Jesus was born for us, so also He dies for us - so that we might have life abundantly.

We do not always see everything in the light of this mystery. We are invited to meditate and pray so that we can come to see all things in the light of the mystery of Jesus Christ. May these final days of Lent draw us more deeply into the mystery.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Jeremiah 31.31-34++
Second Reading: Hebrews 5.7-9
Gospel: John 12.20-33

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


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