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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
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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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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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Knights of Columbus
Meetings 3rd Thursday of the month
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, September 7, 2014

How do we correct one another? How do we encourage one another to do what is right? These are not easy themes in families or in religious communities. There is so much presumption today that we must trust one another and not judge one another and thus we should leave each other in peace. We also hear statements such as not to speak about religion or politics with other people, because the result will always be a conflict.

This is the wisdom of the world. Jesus Christ gives us a different wisdom as do the Jewish Scriptures, our Old Testament. This teaching of the Scriptures is clear: if we see our brother or sister in Christ doing something that is not right, and we do not try to tell them what is right, then we are responsible. This is a really difficult teaching.

The Prophet Ezekiel in the first reading today speaks the Word of God to us: "If you did not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way, you are responsible." How far do we have to go? There is no indication, but surely this is not a declaration of war! We also know that in order to speak, we must find a way that might possibly be heard! It is a strong challenge to speak the truth in ways that might be heard.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Romans, tells us that our only duty is to love. When we love another, then we must speak the truth. When we love another, then we must speak out if that loved one is doing something that harms himself or others. If we love another, we learn how to listen, to admonish and how to accept admonishment.

The Gospel today, from Saint Matthew, repeats the admonition of the Prophet Ezekiel. It is also clear that if the other person will not listen to us, we should continue to speak the truth and ask others to be part of this witness to the truth. Finally, however, if there is no agreement, we should separate the one who will not listen.

This is clearly a course on how to negotiate but also a course on how to separate in the end if there can be no agreement. Today, of course, both sides will claim to have the truth. This is why it is important in our Catholic Church that we acknowledge an authority structure. Not everyone who claims to be Catholic is Catholic in this sense. It should always sadden us when there is division. It should always sadden us when believers will not accept the decisions of the Church. There are always ways to disagree and to continue to challenge what is taught in order to verify if it is really truth.

We can return to the second reading and be very clear: it is all about love.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Ezekiel 33.7-9
Second Reading: Romans 13.8-10
Gospel: Matthew 18.15-20

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


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