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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
Sacrament of Baptism
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
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Sacrament of the Sick
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Visiting the sick and elderly at home
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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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St. Vincent de Paul Society
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Cross of Christ! We are so used to the Cross that we no longer feel the awfulness of this symbol in our lives. It has become something ordinary. For the early followers of Christ, the Cross was a symbol of how a human had undergone the very worst of human torture and had accepted it for our sake. Always we hear this phrase: for our sake. Jesus became human for our sake. Jesus lived for our sake. Jesus suffered for our sake. Jesus died for our sake. Jesus rose for our sake. For our sake means also for my sake, for me personally.

It is not often that a feast such as that of the Cross takes a more important place than the normal Sunday liturgy. But a feast of Christ takes such a place when it falls on a Sunday in Ordinary time. So today we contemplate the Cross of the Lord.

Did Jesus have to die on the Cross? This is a question that avoids the simple fact: Jesus did die on the Cross for my sake, for our sake. The Cross is foolishness and is for really bad people and for slaves. Jesus took all of that on Himself for my sake, for our sake.

What was a symbol of deep shame becomes a symbol of eternal love, of boundless love—for my sake, for our sake. It is not easy for any of us to accept that another person loves us completely, even in marriage or in a religious community. It is not easy to believe in love, especially when we see desires all around us which are not love. It is not easy to want to give our lives in love, even when we may have fallen in love. Love is such a compelling commitment to another person—and it requires everything we have and all that we are.

Part of the symbol in the celebration of today is the lifting up of the serpent by Moses for the healing of the people. The people are healed by that which they were trying to kill. The serpent is lifted up on a pole and by looking at it, the people were saved. For us who come after Christ, it is easier to see this symbol. We are healed of our sins by look a

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Numbers 21.4-9
Second Reading: Philippians 2.6-11
Gospel: John 3.13-17

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


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