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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, February 3, 2013

The Prophet Jeremiah tells us today, speaking on behalf of God: I am with you to deliver you. At the heart of our faith must be a deep awareness that God is with us and will always deliver us.

Sometimes we can think that God will deliver us from external evils. Surely God will be with us in all external evils and will show us how to endure. What God delivers us from is our own evil. All of us have chosen to be less that God calls us to be. Perhaps we do make good decisions some of the time, by the grace of God. On the other hand, at times we recognize that it is easier to chose the more convenient way rather than the way of the Lord. This has been true in all periods of history and is true now.

The reading from the First Letter to the Corinthians is very clear: love is at the heart of our Christian faith and our Christian way of loving. Today many people think that love is easy. Many think that loving another person means allowing that person to do whatever they want to do. For many of us, loving ourselves seems to mean letting ourselves do whatever we want to do. For Jesus, however, love is choosing that which is true and right and that which is the best choice for us in terms of eternal life: that which helps us live by God's commandments. To love means to sacrifice myself for the sake of others.

In the Gospel of Luke today, we hear Jesus telling his fellow Jews that God often chooses people who don't belong to the Chosen People in order to show His mercy and compassion. This evokes anger among his fellow Jews. For ourselves, in the modern age, it seems that we accept that God can work wherever He wants. On the other hand, we find it difficult to believe that God really expects us to have a clear morality. We trust that God will simply ignore our actions that are not in accord with His commandments.

Very few people today want to proclaim the moral code proclaimed by Jesus Christ. Instead, many want to find ways to say that Jesus would have given a different teaching if he had lived today. This can only be a serious thought by people who really do not believe that Jesus is God. This is more and more a common way of thinking today. So many people think of Jesus as a good religious guide, but not divine. Thus His teachings can be changed into what we think that He would teach if He were here today.

So, my sisters and brothers, we are invited to walk with the Lord Jesus today, to proclaim His divinity, to trust in His teachings as He gave them to us, to trust in our holy Catholic Church in spite of all of its failings. Let us pray for inner transformation so that we may be faithful to our Lord.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Jeremiah 1.4-5, 17-19
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12.31 - 13.13
Gospel: Luke 4.21-30

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


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