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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, June 23, 2013

Jesus knows that He will suffer and die. He keeps on living in the direction of dying. He invites us also to live in the direction of dying by taking up the cross each and following Him. Jesus is clear in His teaching: if you want to save your life here, you are going to lose. If you are willing to give up your life here, for the sake of the kingdom, you will save it.

We don't often like to hear such words put in front of us too forcefully! Jesus reminds us that living is living for the Kingdom and not just having a good time here with the pleasures and joys of this world. There must be a clear focus in our lives: seeking to follow the Lord and taking up the Cross daily in order to follow Him.

Even Jewish scholars could see in the prophecies of Zechariah the possibility of a Messiah, who could come to save the people. The words of the prophecy are so strong: they shall look on him whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him as one mourns for an only son, and they shall grieve over him as one grieves over a firstborn.

Speak to any mother who has lost an only child. Yet even in this incredible suffering, there can be a recognition that God is at work. God's ways are never our ways. At some point in our lives we are invited to stop looking at ourselves and look for the deeper meanings of our life and the lives of others and of all of creation.

The Letter to the Galatians assures us that we are all one in Christ Jesus. We are born different from one another and yet called to be one in the Lord. We are all children of the promise made to Abraham. Faith is at the heart of this transformation into God's chosen people. Faith is what helps us every day so that we can accept all that is and all that happens to us. Faith is what gives us joy in pondering the deeper meanings of life. Faith allows us to live for the Kingdom and accept the sufferings of this life as part of a transformation.

My sisters and brothers, Jesus asks us today: who do you say that I am? Each of us must listen to that question in the very depths of our being. Only there will we encounter His Spirit allowing us to respond: My Lord and my God.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Zechariah 12.10-11
Second Reading: Galatians 3.26-29
Gospel: Luke 9.18-24

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


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