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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)
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 10, 2013

We have this wonderful parable of the two sons today. Our first reading, from the Book of Joshua shows us the chosen people finally coming into the Promised Land. It sounds so wonderful and surely, it was even more wonderful. Coming into the Promised Land only happens at the end of the long journey. That journey was filled with difficulties, with rebellion, with rejection and with struggles.

The story of the two sons in the Gospel should not be a surprise. Each of them has difficulties, rebellions, rejections and struggles. This is true of any serious human and Christian life. We are not just born and automatically become wonderful human beings. Instead, we are born and life begins. Life is a serious of difficulties, rebellions, rejections and struggles. There are also wonderful joys, graces and delights.

Lent is a time for us to recognize our own sinfulness and to ask that we may become more alive in God's grace. We need both of these aspects in our lives: a recognition of our own rebellion against God and a deep desire for God's grace. We see this dynamic at work both in the Book of Joshua and in the parable that the Gospel of Luke gives to us today. In both of these, literary works, inspired Scriptures for us, there is awareness that we humans do not easily admit our brokenness and sinfulness. We try to get by without God and without admitting to ourselves our inability to do what is right. Only when we find ourselves in difficulty do we begin to admit our brokenness and our need for God.

The Second Letter to the Corinthians tells us that whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold new things have come. In order for those new things to come, we must let the old pass away. We let the old pass away when we finally admit that we are powerless to control our lives or even to manage our lives and finally allow God to possess us. God makes us in His own image only when we allow Him to do so.

May this Sunday in Lent help us see our need of God and come back to the Father. The Father is always waiting for us and will to run out to meet us.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Joshua 5.9a, 10-12
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5.17-21
Gospel: Luke 15.1-3, 11-32

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


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