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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

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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
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
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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
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for Sunday, October 6, 2013

The words of the Lord in the Gospel today put us on the alert: we are here to serve God. This is not something onerous because this is a God who always loves us. On the other hand, He wants us to listen to Him and to understand His love and His way of living in this life. So often we only want our way of living and then we try to justify it somehow in our relationship with God.

The first reading today, from the Prophet Habakkuk, reminds us also that this world belong to the Lord. He will have His way. This can sound scary and many of us have heard the words of the Lord used to scare us. Yet ultimately, it is the Lord begging us to listen to Him so that we can know the way of peace and walk on the road of salvation.

The Second Letter to Timothy tells us that God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self - control. In our lives, sometimes we want only free to love and we want and a freedom so that all of our actions will be right without us having to work at them. The author of this letter reminds us that we must bear our share of hardship for the gospel. We who have come to know the Lord also know that His way of life for us is filled with joy—but requires power and love and self - control.

Unless we have a deep and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, probably not much in these readings will touch us. Only if we have come to know the Lord and His love for us are we able to take up the strong task of living His words and walking in His path. This is not because He wants us to suffer but because to live the divine life means that we must recognize in ourselves what is not divine and begin the work of allowing the Lord to transform us. That is difficult work indeed!

Both the first reading and the gospel speak of the necessity of faith! Habakkuk tells us that the just one will live by faith. Surely this sounds so easy! Once we set out on the path, however, we begin to realize how difficult it is to live by faith in every circumstance, seeking only what God wants, seeking only to walk in the way of the Lord.

Yet there is always cause for rejoicing because Jesus promises to be with us in every circumstance of our life. Too often we forget to be still in His presence and ask His Spirit and to rejoice in His love. All it takes is to be still in His presence. We need do nothing more except be aware that there is a God and that He loves us. He loves us in Jesus Christ!

Let us pray this Sunday with the apostles: Lord, increase our faith! Let us know Your love and we shall be saved!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Habakkuk 1.2-3; 2.2-4
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 1.6-8, 13-14
Gospel: Luke 17.5-10

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


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