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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
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St. Vincent de Paul Society
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, October 21, 2012

When we hear this Gospel from Saint Mark, we reflect once more on the humanity of the followers of Jesus. It can help us accept others and even ourselves. The early followers of Jesus were not mystics or angelic saint, but flesh and blood humans with the normal appetites of humans for success, competition and power. One of the most wonderful aspects of the Gospels is the refreshing humanity of our ancestors in the faith. These are people who become holy and yet a so clearly models of the fragility and brokenness of humanity.

Perhaps the goal of today's readings is to assure us that if we follow Jesus, we will suffer. There is no other way to follow Him. If we follow Him, it always in by the way of the Cross. At some point in our lives we are invited to understand the cross of our Lord and finally to embrace it without reservation. We can have fears. We can have a sense of repugnance. Those are normal human reactions to suffering. Yet in the end we must accept and embrace suffering for the sake of the Kingdom, for the sake of our love for the Lord Jesus Christ and for the sake of loving our sisters and brothers in this life.

The Letter to the Hebrews today assures us that we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. Jesus knows how to suffer and His life shows us how to accept suffering for the sake of others.

Our readings today are not encouraging some kind of masochism or self-deprecation. They are simply stating a fact: to live means being willing to suffer for those whom we love.

Most of us choose to run away from suffering or to find ways to avoid it. That is quite healthy also. Yet there is a point when we can come to see the transformative power of a freely chosen suffering for the sake of another. Once we begin to choose that, we begin to see the way of the Lord with wonderful clarity.

Let us pray for joy and delight today at the same time that we pray for this inner gift of understanding the power and the gift of suffering for others. The first reading from Isaiah is clear: God will reward those who are crushed for their love for others. Mark's Gospel echoes this when it says that the great among you will be your servant.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 53.10-11
Second Reading: Hebrews 4.14-16
Gospel: Mark 10.35-45

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


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