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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

Wheel Chair Accessible

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)
Please contact the office
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, September 23, 2012

None of us likes to be treated poorly. Rarely do we sense that our very is in peril. At times we know that others have set themselves against us. What do we do when we find ourselves badly treated and with others against us?

In the Gospel today, Jesus tells His followers today that He Himself will treated badly and even put to death. His followers seem not to listen at all. Instead they are discussing who will be the greatest among them.

The contract between Jesus and His followers is enormous. Yet we ourselves are often not concerned at all that Christ has died for us. Instead we are like the followers of Jesus. We are concerned about the small things of our own lives and about how we can be better off in this world.

The first reading, from the Book of Wisdom, is not a prophecy but rather a deep understanding of human nature. There is something broken within us humans and we can be unhappy when a person is too good. The goodness of the other person makes our lack of goodness look even worse. So we don\'t believe in the goodness of the other person. We test the goodness of the other, hoping that it is not real.

The Letter of James continues to instruct us: the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace. We are not to be discouraged by our brokenness. We are to recognize our reality as broken people and continue to seek peace and seek to live with virtue.

Just as Jesus recognized that he would be treated badly and put to death, we recognize that to be His followers, we will suffer. This suffering will come from others but also from our own efforts to be faithful. When we encounter our own brokenness, we begin the spiritual combat which will allow the Spirit of Jesus to transform us into His image.

Today Jesus invites us to walk the path that He walked in this life. We are invited to embrace suffering for the sake of the Kingdom, as the price of transfiguration, as the means of living as He lived. Let us trust Him and do as He asks.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Wisdom 2.12, 17-20
Second Reading: James 3.16 4.3
Gospel: Mark 9.30-37

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


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