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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

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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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Sacrament of Matrimony
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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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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, May 13, 2012

For so many of us today, love is a completely misunderstood reality. It is most often confused with a longing for another person, a longing to have that person for myself. Without a doubt, that desire and longing can be a part of love, but it is not love itself.

Love is choosing what is good for the other person and then doing what is good for the other person, even if that means entirely putting the other person out of my life. We have all kinds of examples of heroic love in the person of so many fire fighters who give their lives for the good of others. We have that same heroic love with those who are willing to give their lives for their country. Most of us understand those large examples of self-giving love.

Christ invites us to love as He loves. He gives His life even for those who reject Him and kill Him. He gives His life for all of us sinners. He invites us to love in that same way. It is clear in these examples that falling in love, feeling a longing and a desire for another person, are simply not part of this deepest love, even though they can lead us to understand this great love and can help us give ourselves to such a love.

We see this great love at work in the first reading today. In this section of the Acts of the Apostles we see the struggle of the early Church, which was Jewish, to accept non-Jews, the Gentiles. In order to understand this situation, we have to recognize that the Gentiles wanted to become Christians. They wanted to change their lives. Today there is an enormous movement to try to make people feel good without asking anything of them. This is not a Christian movement. Yes, we must love all other peoples, not matter what they believe-but we can't pretend that they are Christians unless they accept the Christian faith, as did these early Gentiles.

The Christian faith included believing in the Lord Jesus and walking the way that He taught us. Jesus comes to love us and to teach us the way of salvation. The way of salvation includes beliefs and practices. In our Christian history, there are at times conflicts over the beliefs and the practices. We Catholics, if we are Catholic, accept that there is a teaching authority in the Church.

Today we find all kinds of people and movements who claim to be Catholic but who do not accept the teaching authority of the Church. The early Christians would not have accepted them as followers of the way. Today, because of so many challenges to Christian and Catholic faith, there is a counter movement to clarify what it means to be Christian and Catholic. There are extremes on the right and on the left. For those of us who are not so fiercely extremist, there is the simple way of accepting the Church as She is, the body of Christ; accepting the teaching authority of the Church as it is, the presence of Jesus in our world.

We come back to the central theme of today: Love one another as I have loved you. Remain in My love. It is I who have chosen you.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Acts 10.25-26, 34-35, 44-48
Second Reading: 1 John 4.7-10
Gospel: John 15.9-17

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


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