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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, July 8, 2012

In his native place, the people took offense at Jesus. This is not surprising. Someone who was well known, perhaps even as a very good person, simply cannot come to his own area and claim to be God or to have supernatural powers. We live this same way today, far too often. We don't hear the truth from people who are close to us. We don't want to hear it and they don't want to say it. We are much more comfortable in relationships that stay in normal limits.

Jesus is always breaking out of the normal limits. He tells us to forgive our enemies. We are so used to that now that we can hear it without flinching - and not do it. He tells us that if someone strikes us, we are to offer the other cheek. Again we are able to hear that advice, know it is from Jesus - and never follow it.

The first reading today is from the Prophet Ezekiel. He was sent to tell people the truth - and they did not want to hear it. None of us really likes the truth when it tells us bad things about ourselves. It is really difficult to accept the truth as a source of healing. Of course, if someone is telling lies about us, that is a totally different thing.

We are children of our ancestors and so we should never be surprised that we are rebellious, that we don't like the truth, that we follow God when it is easy, that we don't want to suffer, etc. This is part of our human condition.

God invites us to live in another way. We are invited to embrace the truth, to learn to love our enemies, to find ways to serve the poor, etc. It is an invitation - and He tells us that it will bring us incredible life. We are not sure that we want to pay that price for incredible life. Even Divine Life.

The Second Letter to the Corinthians gives us an example in the Holy Apostle Paul: I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Of course, if we read right before this, we find Paul struggling to accept his own weaknesses. There is no way to follow the Lord without coming to the truth. There is no way to accept the truth about ourselves without suffering. There is only one way to follow Jesus. That way is the way of the Cross.

Jesus, Lord, teach us your way.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Ezekiel 2.3-5
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 12.7-10
Gospel: Mark 6.1-6

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


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