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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
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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
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 24, 2013

The Second Sunday of Lent is about transfiguration and about our covenant with the Lord. It is about God and about us: how and why we relate to each other.

God promises Abram, who will become Abraham, that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars. Abram believes in God. God promises us the forgiveness of our sins. Do we believe in God? God makes a covenant with Abram and by our baptism we also have a covenant with God.

Was Abram always faithful to God in every aspect of his life? No. He was a sinner like the rest of us. He was faithful in believing and in repenting. Belief does not take away our sinfulness but allows God to begin His work within us. The life of faith is a life of following God and seeking to do God's will in our life. Some people seem to become transformed (transfigured) sooner than others. Perhaps it has to do with their personal commitment and perhaps it has to do with what God wants of them.

In the Gospel we have the account of the transfiguration of Jesus. It is a moment when His divinity shines through His humanity and the disciples get a small glimpse of God in human flesh. Peter and his companions saw the glory of Jesus.

There may be times in our own lives when we are very aware of the presence of God. Such experiences draw us to God but do not necessarily transform us immediately. We know that Peter goes on to deny Christ and then finally to embrace Him in faith once more.

This Sunday is very important to help us understand that God loves us, wants to have a covenant with us and wants to share His life with us. God wants us to walk in His ways. God recognizes our weakness but expects us to put all of our trust in Him. The Letter to the Ephesians sums this up with these words: Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself.

The glory of the Lord awaits us. Our task in this life is to put our faith in Him and to let Him transform us and draw us from our sinfulness into His own life. Lent is a special time to deepen our faith and walk in His ways.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Genesis 15.5-12, 17-18
Second Reading: Philippians 3.17 4.1
Gospel: Luke 9.28b-36

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


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