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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
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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
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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
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
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Sacrament of the Sick
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Visit Vocations Toronto at, a resourceful site in answering these questions.

Knights of Columbus
Meetings 3rd Thursday of the month
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, March 9, 2014

We begin this First Sunday of Lent this year by hearing once again the account of the creation, the temptation and the fall of our ancestors from the Book of Genesis. This reading is surely given to us so that we can understand a small bit the reason that we keep a Season of Lent in our Church Year. We humans are very easily tempted and just as easily we fall into sins. The stories from Genesis are an attempt to help us understand why we are that way. One of the reasons that we are that way is because we are all formed in one way or another by the actions of the other people in our lives, and especially, at the beginning, by our own parents.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Romans, speaks also about the origins of sin and sinful tendencies in our lives, but it moves forward to the love that God has shown us in Jesus, who has overcome all sin and destroyed death. We no longer need fear sin and death. They have been overcome. Our challenge is to come to know this reality of salvation and to begin to live as people who are saved.

The Gospel of Matthew which is given to us today speaks of the temptations of Christ. This image of Christ in the desert being tempted by the devil is very powerful. We are invited to reflect on our own deserts, the places in our lives where nothing is growing and nothing is cared for. It is in those areas of our lives, which are in need of the living waters of salvation, that we are invited to spend at least a part of this Lenten Season.

Christ is an image of this battle against all that is broken within us. Christ has brought healing and wholeness. Christ invites us to share in that healing and wholeness in this time of Lent.

What is it in our lives that we are longing for? What is the food that we crave? What are the realities for which we are willing to die? Right now, what do we want in our lives? The answer to each of these questions must then be placed in the context of this first temptation. We must ask ourselves this: am I first seeking God and the food that God gives to me? If I desire these other things more than God, then I am no longer walking the way of salvation!

The second temptation is, for Jesus, to cast Himself down from the parapet of the temple and thus to test if God really loves Him. For us, it is a question of whether we put ourselves into moral dangers and believe somehow that God will watch over us. The answer of Jesus is clear: don't test God! Yet we often test God by making choices that we know are not the best but which appeal to us. We don't like suffering or to have to put up with inconveniences, so we end up casting ourselves over the parapet and believing that God will save us. The miracle is that God does always save us. On the other hand, God invites to learn to live without testing Him.

The third temptation is to worship that which is not God in order that we can have dominion and power in this world. This is not necessary to become a great leader but to have power over whatever we want. Jesus is once more very clear: we must serve God alone.

My sisters and brothers, Lent is a wonderful time to be honest with ourselves and to recognize that which is not yet transformed within us. We are then invited to place our lives more completely in the hands and the heart of a God who loves us infinitely! Come, let us walk with God in this time of Lent.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Genesis 2.7-9, 16-18, 25; 3.1-7++
Second Reading: Romans 5.12-19
Gospel: Matthew 4.1-11

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


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