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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
Please contact the office
Blessings (home, vehicle, workplace)
Please contact the office
Visiting the sick and elderly at home
Please contact the office

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
Please contact the office
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for Sunday, November 11, 2012

How wonderful to be a prophet and to be able to promise that God will watch over another person! When we see the gifts of the prophets, we are amazed. To appreciate a prophet, however, we also have to look at the sufferings of the prophet. Elijah, like most of the prophets, spent his life going here and there at the neck and call of God. He was not appreciated by his own people nor by the rulers of his people. The king often tried to get rid of him. Serving God is not easy nor is it comfortable.

Today's Gospel from Saint Mark helps us understand the ways of God. From those who have nothing, he wants everything and is very happy when He receives it. God is not willing to settle with us for only a part of our lives. God wants everything from us and will not rest or be happy until He has everything. We can ignore God. We create our own ideas of how to serve God. We can reinterpret the Word of God. We can act like people of prayer while not giving our hearts. We can give money and material things to God while not loving Him.

Always God wants all. Why? God wants all because God loves us and wants us to be with Him always, forever. The only way that can come about is if we finally give Him all. That complete giving can happen in this life. There are saints who give themselves completely to the Lord while alive on this earth. Most of us only begin the process in this life and so we have the reality of purgatory after death in order to purify us and allow to us to give ourselves completely.

The poor widow of the Gospel can become our model. She shows us how to give everything, forgetting ourselves and only thinking of the God that she loves. She trusts that God will provide for her. Jesus teaches us that we must learn how to live that way every day. He will provide for us.

Putting ourselves into the hands of the living God, the hands of Jesus Christ, is truly scary.

The Letter to the Hebrews helps us understand that Jesus is truly like us in all things except sin. He knows that it is scary to hand our lives over. He knows what it is to suffer for others. He knows even how to offer His life so that others may live. Jesus came to free us from sin and to bring us salvation. Jesus came to invite us to share the Kingdom of God. Jesus never promises that it will be easy. He does promise us that He will always be with us.

Once more we are invited to walk the way of Jesus. It is always the Way of the Cross. Jesus always invites us to die with Him so that others can live. Come, let us walk with the Lord on His way.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: 1 Kings 17.10-16
Second Reading: Hebrews 9.24-28
Gospel: Mark 12.38-44

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


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