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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
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Tuesday7:00 PMItalian,
Devotion to Padre Pio
Wednesday7:00 PMEnglish,
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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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(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
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Knights of Columbus
Meetings 3rd Thursday of the month
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, October 28, 2012

Master, I want to see! What a wonderful request to make of our Lord. I want to see can be the theme for this Sunday. I want to see people return to God. I want to see people rejoicing in living out God's word. I want that I myself can rejoice when I suffer for the sake of the Lord. I want to understand how Jesus Christ is my High Priest and intercedes for me. I want to see how Jesus Christ is always present in His Church even when there is so much sinfulness in the members of the Church. I want to see how Christ loves me even when bad things happen to me.

The first reading, from the Prophet Jeremiah, speaks of the joy that grips the people of God when they think of return from exile. All of us can imagine what it might be like to be taken away from the places and the people that we love. There are so many exiles in our world today who long to return to their own lands, who long to be back with their own people. Our hearts must come to understand the modern forms of exile and brokenness in order to understand the writings of our Scriptures. We can also imagine the incredible joy of knowing that there is a return and that it will happen.

Our spiritual lives are like exile much of the time. We find ourselves away from God, away from our own values, away from the people who help us walk with joy and gladness. We fail to be the gift that God has created us to be. Yet God constantly assures us that we are always invited to return to Him, no matter how often we go away from him, no matter how frequently we are taken captive by sin and temptation.

The Letter to the Hebrews speaks of the truth of Jesus Christ. He is God and yet he is human like us. He himself is beset by weakness and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. The difference, of course, is that He never gives in to the weakness and never sins. We do give in and we do sin. Thus Christ intercedes for us and always offers us forgiveness. Just the thought of this God who always loves us increases our joy and our capacity to live without fear.

Today's God from Saint Mark speaks of Bartimaeus, the blind man. He has the courage to ask to see. People tell him to be quiet. We are not supposed to annoy the powerful, even the spiritually powerful. Yet Bartimaeus knows that he must cry out for healing. He wants to see.

Do we want to see? What do we want to see? Are we willing to cry out and to insist? Do we let others silence us? Let us have courage today and ask to see. Let us ask to see the Lord and to know His ways. Let us ask to see all that we need to see so that we may rejoice in the Lord!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Jeremiah 31.7-9
Second Reading: Hebrews 5.1-6
Gospel: Mark 10.46-52

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


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