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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
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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
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, June 24, 2012

When this Solemnity of Saint John the Baptist falls on Sunday, it takes precedence over the Sunday of Ordinary Time. Immediately we should recognize that this solemnity is very important for the Church and should have some importance for us.

Everything about Saint John the Baptist in the New Testament points us to Jesus Christ. Saint John the Baptist is often portrayed in icons with his finger pointing to Jesus. In this sense, John the Baptist is the perfect patron for anyone who wants to be serious about living a Christian life.

Today's first reading, from the Prophet Isaiah, speaks about the calling of Isaiah, but it is the same for every prophet. It is the same for you and for me. God calls us and knows us from all eternity. With Saint John the Baptist, God called him to a very special role that is so important historically. Not all of us are called to that!

The reading from the Acts of the Apostles shows John the Baptist stating the he, John the Baptist, is not the Messiah. Rather, he knows that there is One coming who is mightier than he is. It is Jesus who is the Savior. Again we see the role of John the Baptist to point to Jesus with his whole life.

Because we are celebrating the birth of John the Baptist today, the Gospel is about the birth and naming of John. The people do not know that this birth is for the sake of the Kingdom and that God has already spoken to Elisabeth and to Zechariah. As usual, they would presume that the woman is wrong. Instead, Zechariah states clearly: his name is John! This is the name that Elizabeth had given, but they would not believe her.

We must learn to listen to God and to seek God's will. God has His own ways of doing things. You and I are called to point to Jesus by our lives and by our own witness that God's will is more important than our own. So often we get caught up in doing what we want to do and never stop to ask what God wants.

Elizabeth and Zechariah, of course, were given a special knowledge of God's will. They were clearly seeking what God wanted. Zechariah had his doubts and God made him mute until what God wanted had come to pass.

As we ask Saint John the Baptist to intercede for us today, we can ask him to point us to the Christ, to help us see God's will and to give us the courage to do God's will, not matter what it may cost us.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 49.1-6
Second Reading: Acts 13.22-26
Gospel: Luke 1.57-66, 80

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


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