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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
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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
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
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Sacrament of the Sick
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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
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St. Vincent de Paul Society
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, April 15, 2012

Always we can enjoy the Sunday of Thomas! Thomas is so stubborn! He will not believe unless he himself has a personal experience. The miracle is that Jesus gives him that personal experience. It pays to be stubborn. At least some times.

We find ourselves with closed hearts from time to time. It is not easy to believe all that the Gospels and the Church tells us. Sometimes we long for some personal contact with a living God that will convince us. We should not be ashamed of this at all. It is part of the faith journey for some of us.

Just as we know that the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles tells us only a bit about the days of idealism in the early Christian community, so also we know from trying to deepen our own faith that the ideal is one thing and reality quite often something else.

Just as there is no perfect Christian community, neither is there a perfect way of believing. We find ourselves on the journey of faith, often a bit unsure of where it will take us. Perhaps as we mature, we have a better idea of the road. We just don't always mature very fast.

The First Letter of John tells us that everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God. Jesus is the Anointed One. Jesus is the Savior. Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament. These are all ways of our expressing that Jesus is the Christ. Sometimes it is fairly easy to believe all of that and at other times, it is a challenge. Faith can become a road to which we are accustomed. When we are young, we can become a bit anxious because doubts in our hearts and minds. As we mature, often we take such doubts as part of our journey and know that in time, they settle down.

The Scriptures today assure us that there can be an ideal, even if it does not last. The Scriptures also show us that aggressive questioning of belief such as we find in Thomas is also a way of walking the journey of faith.

We want to have life in the name of Christ. The way forward is simply to continue striving to live our faith, no matter how many questions we have or how unlikely our faith may seem. We can pray with Thomas: My Lord and my God! We can add: help us believe that completely.

Christ is risen! May Christ illumine us.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Acts 4.32-35
Second Reading: 1 John 5.1-6
Gospel: John 20.19-31

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


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