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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
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for Sunday, November 10, 2013

Am I willing to do for my faith? Am I willing to suffer ridicule for my faith? Am I willing to be formed in my faith by the Scriptures and by the Church? These are the questions that come to mind this Sunday as we read the Scripture given to instruct us in the way of the Lord Jesus.

The Second Book of Maccabees gives us an account of what happens when a faith is persecuted. We need not think that we Christians are the only ones persecuted, even today. There are places in the world where Jews are still persecuted, places where Muslims are persecuted, places where Buddhists are persecuted and places where we Christians are persecuted. The challenge for all of us is to remain faithful to the truth that we have discovered in our lives and to listen to the truth of others without fear. It is so often fear of others and a fear of another way of looking at life that brings about persecution.

The Second Letter to the Thessalonians begins to speak about the faithfulness of Christ, who is always present for us, watching over us with love, seeking to help us. Our challenge is to respond to that love. Especially if we are ever persecuted or misunderstood, we need to have confidence that Christ knows us as we really are and is present with us in every circumstance, helping us in His own divine way.

The Gospel of Saint Luke talks about heaven and what heaven will be like. It also deals with a misinterpretation of heaven and the afterlife. It is far too easy for us to think of heaven as simply another version of earth and to think that all of the ways that things happen here will also happen there in heaven. Jesus wants us to be clear that heaven is nothing like earth and yet is not entirely different. There are clearly relationships with one another, but not based on the same criteria that we have here on earth. There is certainly a closeness to one another, but not with marriage as we know it here on earth.

All of the teachings today are preparing us for the end of the world and for our own death at the end of our life. Consistently in the Scriptures we find an awareness that our own lives will end one day and we shall meet the Lord. There is also a consistent awareness that the world as we know it is passing away and at some point there will be an end to the world.

None of this is meant to scare us but to prepare us. We are meant to be aware that we are now choosing the meaning of our own lives. We want to be choosing values and realities that will last forever because all other values and realities will disappear. We want to be choosing to follow the Lord Jesus because it is He who invites us to share life eternal. We want our lives to be transformed as much as possible now so that we are prepared for the joys of heaven.

My sisters and brothers, let us seek to know our Lord Jesus and to develop our relationship with Him every day. Knowing Him and living in Him makes us wonderful friends and companions to others in this life as well as preparing us for the heavenly banquet. Let us be faithful. Let us live our faith. Let us live always in love.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: 2 Maccabees 7.1-2, 7, 9-14++
Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2.16 3.5
Gospel: Luke 20.27-38

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


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