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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
Sacrament of Baptism
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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, May 6, 2012

Last week the Lord assured us that He is our Good Shepherd. This week, almost as a footnote, he reminds us that His love is a love that will transform us and that in order to be transformed, we must be pruned. This changes the imagery from last week. No longer do we have the Good Shepherd, but now we have the vine (Christ), the vine grower (God the Father) and the branches (us).

Always it is difficult to speak about the challenges of living as followers of Christ. We want so much to know that we are loved. Any talk of pruning us back seems, by some, to be interpreted as not loving. Part of following Christ is accepting that God has a plan for His creation. We are not just created to be whatever we want to be. We are created by God as part of an enormous outpouring of the Fatherís love, all of which is part of the plan of creation.

Anyone who gardens knows that gardening demands putting in some plants and taking out others and keeping others under control. If there is no plan, there is no garden but only a person watching nature unfold. Lots of people today want the plan of creation simply to be nature unfolding - until they realize that nature of itself is broken and left to unfold of itself, creates chaos and immense suffering and problems.

Our reading from the Acts of the Apostles points out what happened in the case of Saul/Paul. He was bent on eradicating Christians and then is converted. No one trusted him at that point. His reputation was as a destroyer. Now, what he had planted earlier had to be pulled up and transformed.

The reading from the First Letter of Saint John shows us why we need pruning and transformation: his commandment is this: we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another just as he commanded us. To love one another is only possible with pruning and transformation. As we are told over and over in the Scriptures: it is easy to love those who love us but not easy to love those who are our enemies. The command of the Lord is clear: Love your enemies as yourselves.

My sisters and brothers, let us ask for this grace of pruning and transformation every day. Let us ask for the grace to accept whatever hardship and suffering comes our way as we walk the road of the Lord. If we know His love, we are able to love in return: loving God and our neighbor.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Acts 9.26-31
Second Reading: 1 John 3.18-24
Gospel: John 15.1-8

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


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