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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, April 8, 2012

Christ is risen! We should get a smile on our face when we hear this Gospel of the two disciples running to the tomb and the one outrunning the other. What confusion they had that day. They had seen the burial of their Master and thought Him dead forever. Now they begin to get news, bit by bit, that His body is gone. They don't yet understand, but they begin to have hope that something really incredible has happened. They begin to reflect on what He had told them.

The reading from the Acts of the Apostles tells us that Jesus was not visible to everyone, but to those who believed. His chosen followers began to be able to understand what had happened by looking at the Prophets and the writing of the Jewish Scriptures, what we call the Old Testament.

On this day of Resurrection we are invited to see Jesus as our risen Lord and to come to understand Him more and more by understanding the Prophets and the writings of the Jewish Scriptures. The more we understand the Old Testament, the more we can understand Jesus and the New Testament.

He is Risen! He is truly Risen! We can understand this when we begin to understand more completely how the Prophet Isaiah was able to see that one person could bear the sins of us all. We can understand more and we read the Psalms and see in them a clear movement in the direction of belief that there is life after this life.

The Letter to the Colossians is clear that we must have a new way of thinking in order to understand Christ. It is not easy to accept so much on faith, yet it is possible if we only put ourselves at the disposal of God.

For the early Christians, the empty tomb became the symbol of life and of belief - that tomb in which the body of Jesus no longer rested in death. Death has now lost all of its meaning. Instead of the end, death becomes the door to new life. We can come to look forward to death. We can speak to those who have gone before us in death.

Today, my sisters and brothers, we celebrate the triumph of life over death, the triumph of light over darkness and the joy of Christ's rising from the dead for us. Let us rejoice and be glad in Him. Alleluia!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Acts 10.34a, 37-43
Second Reading: Colossians 3.1-4
Gospel: John 20.1-18++

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


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