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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
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for Sunday, March 18, 2012

It is not easy to rejoice always in the Lord. This Sunday liturgy calls us to rejoice and sometimes our hearts just cannot be there. The Second Book of Chronicles tells of the infidelity of our ancestors in the faith. They just could not remain faithful to God and became worse and worse. Today, at times, our world seems headed in the same direction. We need only think of the countless innocent people still being killed in terrorist attacks around the world. How can this go on in our world?

God allows evil but God does not do evil. Sometimes our hearts resist God because an evil has touched too close to us. In the account from the Second Book of Chronicles, God allows His people to return to their homeland. This is not because all of His people had become good, but only because God is merciful. He does not hold our sins against us.

The Gospel from Saint John reflects this also: look to the Lord for mercy and you will be healed. John is so very clear: God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Every time that we meet up with an image of God that makes God appear as someone waiting to destroy us or condemn us, we should think of this passage. God loves us even more than we love ourselves.

The Letter to the Ephesians tells us today that even when we were dead in our transgressions, God raised us up to live with Him. So often we Christians don't really believe that God can love us as much as that, and so we come up with limited images of God's love for us. Think of the parable of the Prodigal Son. The Father runs to meet his son even before the son has had a chance to apologize. There is no sense here that God will treat His people with anything except love.

Far too often it is we who do not love ourselves because we don't trust God. Can we really let God love us in this time of Lent. Will we come to trust Him that He loves us more than we could ever imagine? Then we can rejoice in the Lord!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: 2 Chronicles 36.14-17a, 19-23++
Second Reading: Ephesians 2.4-10
Gospel: John 3.14-21

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


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