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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
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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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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, October 7, 2012

Marriage is surely one of the most misunderstood realities of our present age. We who are people of the Book, the Sacred Scriptures, have a clear teaching about marriage and about the relationships that lead to a profound and wonderful life with God. Right from the beginning, the teaching is clear that marriage is between one man and one woman.

The Book of Genesis has more than one story about creation and about man and woman in creation. All the stories agree that marriage is between one man and one woman. The whole of the Old Testament echoes this teaching. On the other hand, polygamy came to be accepted practice. Why?

Today's Gospel passage, from the Gospel of Mark, tells us that the human heart had become hard and people would not accept the teaching. This hardness of the human heart is taught throughout all of Scripture. We humans want to do our will and not the will of the God who creates us. We should not be surprised that it is still the same today.

We can reflect for a moment on the clear teaching of Jesus given to us in this Gospel. The people at the time of Jesus accepted polygamy, a man having more than one wife. Jesus is not afraid to teach against the practice. Today Jesus would not be afraid to continue preaching that marriage is between one man and one woman. We are less bold than Jesus.

To be bold in our proclamation of the Gospel does not mean that we must be harsh to others. Think of Jesus with the Samaritan woman. He does not condemn her but invites her to live the Gospel. Think of Jesus with the woman taken in adultery. Again, no condemnation but an invitation to a life of virtue. We need to be aware of how Jesus proclaims the teachings of His Father. Always the proclamation is one of love and acceptance, even as it challenges to true conversion.

The reading from the Letter to the Hebrew affirms that we are brothers and sisters of the Lord. We want to live as our Brother lived, proclaiming the Gospel with love, compassion and acceptance. We never need condemn anyone, even as we proclaim that there is a right way and a wrong way to live.

The teaching of Jesus is clear: love one another as He has loved us. This teaching is also clear: there are ways of living that do not conform to the plan of God. This Sunday let us rejoice in the Sacrament of Marriage and ask that it be strengthened in our own time.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Genesis 2.7ab, 15, 18-24
Second Reading: Hebrews 2.9-11
Gospel: Mark 10.2-16

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


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