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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
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)
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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, June 10, 2012

Lots of people today have never been in contact with blood, with the slaughtering of animals and generally not at all with blood being thrown on them. Nevertheless, we still recognize that a person without blood must be a dead person. We recognize that blood is essential for life. Lots of us know that sometimes a gift of blood to another person saves that person's life. It may not be too difficult for us to understand that we can give our life, our body and our blood, for another person.

Today's readings are filled with the imagery of body and blood sacrificed so that others can be bound together with life and to God. If a group of modern people make a commitment together, there may be other symbols, such as a uniform, a similar way of doing things or with various hand symbols. Gangs have rituals and so do organized groups.

The reading from Exodus which is our first reading today is about establishing a covenant between a group of people and God. This covenant was a promise that they would all follow the words and ordinances given by God to Moses. The covenant together was ratified by sprinkling the blood of young, sacrificed bulls on the people.

The Letter to the Hebrews then speaks about the blood of Christ and how much more powerful it is than the blood of sacrificed animals. If a person has ever been in danger and someone else has sacrificed his or her own life for them, that person easily understands the strength of giving one's life for another. Married spouses should be able to sacrifice their lives for one another or for their children. There are wonderful examples of this in time of war, even in the worst of wars. There are also examples such as Maximilian Kolbe and many others who were willing to give their lives so that another person might live.

Jesus is God. He claims this for Himself in every Gospel in the way He speaks, the way He uses Scriptures, His miracles and His way of living. God took on body and blood in Christ Jesus and became fully human while remaining fully Divine. This Man-God Jesus then freely choose to give His life for us, for you and for me. It is a gift beyond anything that we could have dreamed up on our own. Jesus chooses to continue to give this gift to us in the Eucharist.

It is such an incredible gift to us, that every time we are able to participate in the Eucharist, we are able to receive in such a special way this gift of the Body and Blood of Christ, given for us.

Today we celebrate this gift. The solemnity is a re-echoing of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. May our hearts be ever more open to this gift and respond to such Divine Love and Mercy with joy and generosity.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Exodus 24.3-8
Second Reading: Hebrews 9.11-15
Gospel: Mark 14.12-16, 22-26

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


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