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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, February 23, 2014

The readings today speak to us about what it is to be holy. Perhaps too often we think of holiness as something that is for others and not for us. It is important for us to change our minds and to realize that God wants me to be holy. God wants you to be holy. To be holy is not something for experts or for just a small group of people. All of us are invited to be holy.

The first reading today, from the book of Leviticus, states clearly: be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy. This is an invitation to be like God. All of our Scriptures, both the Old and the New Testaments, describe for us who God is and how God treats his people. This can be scary for us because some of the descriptions of God are scary. You and I must learn how to understand the Scriptures.

The Scriptures are given to us by the living tradition of the Church. The Scriptures are not just texts which can be understood without the living tradition of the Church. The living tradition of our Church includes the whole living tradition of Judaism from the Old Testament. Thus we are invited to understand the holiness of God from the way it was understood in the heart of the Church.

For instance, in the second reading today, from the First Letter of St. Paul Corinthians, we hear that the temple of God is holy, and we are that temple. In the context of the New and Old Testament can we begin to understand the meaning of this expression. This should not frighten us. God does not us to be Scripture scholars. But God does to keep meditating on the word and to keep trying to understand it.

In the Gospel today, according to Matthew, Jesus teaches us what holiness is. To be like God is simply to love all other people and all creation. This is how God is. God is love. If we are to be holy, then we must become all love. Be holy because God is holy. Love because God is love.

The teaching of Jesus is very clear. Love is not about feeling about others, it is about doing good to others. We Christian must understand the difference between feeling good about someone and doing good to someone. There will be many times when we donít feel good about others, and yet we must still do good to others. The challenge always is to love our enemies. Our enemy can be anyone. Each of us knows inside himself or herself when another person has provoked a negative response within us and, in some way, is now our enemy.

We can find many ways to justify not loving our enemies. The teaching of this Sunday is very clear. Be holy. Love others. God has invited us to be like Him and the way to live that is to love all others and all of creation. It is a very simple message and yet it is the most difficult to live because it means to love those whom we do not want to love.

My sisters and brothers, come! Let us serve the Lord. Let us respond to His invitation and live as He lives. Let us love. Let us forgive. Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Leviticus 19.1-2, 17-18
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 3.16-23
Gospel: Matthew 5.38-48

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


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