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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, September 15, 2013

Sometimes God seems to a God of anger and a God of difficulties for us. In the first reading today, from the Book of Exodus, God is clearly upset with the people He has chosen and is ready to destroy them. Moses reminds Him that He Himself chose this people and must be faithful to them. God always loves this kind of response from us: a commitment to one another, even when we are sinners. We are quite within our rights as children of God to remind Him that He created us and that He has promised us salvation.

The second reading today is from the First Letter to Timothy. This portion of the letter teaches clearly that Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners. Saint Paul wants us to be clear about this teaching. Christ came to call sinners, to treat with us normal human beings who are untrustworthy, fickle, changeable, inconsistent and unreliable. Yet Christ loves us and invites us to share in His life. We begin to walk the path of salvation. Some few of us may become saints and be totally faithful to God in all respects. Most of us walk the path or ordinary human beings and continue to be attached to our sins, even though we are also attached to God in Christ Jesus.

Saint Luke's Gospel today is long and wonderful. First Jesus tells us the reason for eating with sinners and enjoying their company: He can know us and invite us to share His life. Jesus explains that seeking out sinners is not a rejection of the just people. It is clear, however, that a truly just person will love sinners the way that Jesus does and the way that Moses did in the first reading. The truly just person wants all people to be saved and perhaps in a special way wants the salvation of those who wander far from the truth and from God's love.

Saint Luke's Gospel also shows us that we can hope even for those who run as far away as possible from love. The story of the son who takes his inheritance and completely uses it up in bad living of every type is a clear teaching of Jesus. Even those of us who run the farthest from God may still return and be loved. There is more than one story like this in the Gospel, showing that whenever a sinner wants to return to the Lord, the Lord is always there to receive Him with open arms. How many times? As many times as it takes to show the love of God.

My sisters and brothers, you and I are the sinners of the Gospel. We are invited to return to the Lord each day, each moment, and to know that He is always loving us and forgiving us. This is the heart of the Gospel of Jesus: God is compassion and love. God is forgiveness countless times and more. God wants us to know His love, even when we doubt that love. May this Sunday give us some taste of God's love and some small desire to live in that love. Amen.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Exodus 32.7-11, 13-14
Second Reading: 1 Timothy 1.12-17
Gospel: Luke 15.1-32

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


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