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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, March 3, 2013

Today's Gospel is difficult for us. This parable told by Jesus challenges us immediately: is there any good result in our lives from our following the Lord? This is a strong Lenten message. It is not meant to condemn us but to tell us clearly that when we follow Jesus Christ, we are expected to live as He lived: doing good to others, serving others and seeking always God's will.

The first reading, from the Book of Exodus, tells of the Burning Bush that Moses encountered in the desert. This is a much more comfortable image for us. God chooses to reveal Himself to Moses and gives a clear message: I have come to save My people and bring them into the land that I have promised them.

God wants to save us. God will save us. We are invited to respond. Salvation is always a gift and we must accept the gift. Lent is the time to spend some time being aware of the ways in which we refuse God's gift of salvation to us, a time of our seeking to respond more faithfully to this gift.

The First Letter to the Corinthians tells us that all of those who followed Moses had good intentions but most of them did not end up being faithful to the call of God. These kinds of writings can be scary for us. They speak only the truth. We would like to know that we are saved. We would like to know that God will have mercy on us. The challenge of Lent is to recognize that we do not respond, that we can respond and that God is always merciful.

Sometimes all that we humans can do is ask God to remove our sinfulness, our lack of responding. We don't seem to have the capacity to do it ourselves or consistently choose the way of the Lord. So, with confidence during Lent, we can ask God to change us, to transform us, to let us see His presence as Moses saw Him in the burning bush.

No matter how hard we try to be faithful, our human condition is always with us and we fail. This is the story of our ancestors in the faith and it is our own story. Lent is a time for humility and self-awareness—yet without feeling sorry for ourselves. We have to keep on trying and most of all we have to ask God to burn out all within us that is not of Him. We ourselves can become the burning bush: totally on fire with God's love and yet not yet consumed by it.

Lord, have mercy on us in this time of Lent!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Exodus 3.1-8a, 13-15
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10.1-6, 10-12
Gospel: Luke 13.1-9

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


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