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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 17, 2013

May we gain Christ and be found in him, not having any righteousness of our own! This is Saint Paul's prayer in the second reading, from the Letter to the Philippians. What we want is to live completely in God, in Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Far too often religious has meant and still means trying to observe laws and do everything correctly. As we continue to read the Scriptures and allow ourselves to be formed by them, we come to recognize that God is inviting us to a very deep, profound and personal relationship with Him. God thirsts for us. God will do everything to win us over and draw us to Himself.

Today we hear a reading from the Prophet Isaiah. He tells us this about God: I put water in the desert and rivers in the wasteland for my chosen people to drink, the people whom I formed for myself, that they might announce my praise.

God is always going out of His way to do things for us, to draw us to Himself, to help us see His presence. Once we have come to understand a bit about God, then we begin to announce His praise. We do this not by saying words, but by striving to live His ways. We do this not to keep the laws, not to live correctly, but because we have been loved and want to return that love.

At the heart of the Gospel in our own lives there must always be this deep awareness that HE loves me, HE wants me, HE thirsts for me. How different are the actions of a person in love!

We see Jesus accepting the woman in the Gospel. She broke the rules, she sinned, she was clearly abandoned by her male lover - and Jesus does not condemn her. Instead, Jesus look for her well-being, trying to do what is best for her. That is a description of love. Today, far too often, love is confused with good feelings or physical attraction. True love is about seeking the good of the other person, even if that puts us in a difficult situation or causes us to suffer. We must be willing to give our lives up for the sake of others.

May this Lent draw us all deeper into God's love and help us love others!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 43.16-21
Second Reading: Philippians 3.8-14
Gospel: John 8.1-11

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


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