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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
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, November 16, 2014

We are coming to the end of Ordinary Time and so we get advice in the readings today about how to live. The first reading, from the Book of Proverbs, is clear that a husband and wife can be great and wonderful gifts to one another. But it is not automatic! What a gift the worthy wife! What a gift the man who entrusts his heart to his wife! We all know that it does not always work that way. When it does, we can see the Sacrament of Matrimony at work in a way that is convincing.

The second reading, from the First Letter to the Thessalonians, is also clear that the end of the world, or our personal death as well, will come when we are not expecting it. We need to be prepared at all times to meet the Lord. We may think that we have years left, but God can come at any time, either to end the whole world or to take us to His Kingdom. This is a message reflected throughout all of Scripture: Be ready now! Be alert! Be prepared!

The Gospel, from Saint Matthew, repeats both of these themes as it speaks about how to use the talents given to us. We can think of human talents, but the Gospel is really about how to use the gifts of faith given to us. Whatever we are given in this life, we need to use for God's glory and for others. Perhaps at times we want to shrug off responsibility and let others take care of things. The Gospel keeps telling us: we are ourselves Christ present in the world. We are the hands and the love of God. We must live our faith or it is no faith.

If we look at today's world, we can well believe that the end is here. Yet this is so in every age. There is never a time when the world is completely obedient to the Lord and to the love the Father has for us in the Holy Spirit. There is never a time when everyone is seeking the face of the Lord. This cannot surprise us.

On the other hand, in every age, God's love and God's word are present. We are being called to respond to that love and that word. Especially those of us who have professed faith in Jesus Christ must be willing to take up the Cross each day and to follow Him, even when it may mean suffering.

Perhaps we do not do world - shaking actions! That should not surprise us. Yet a small act of love to another person changes the world. The smallest act of faith transforms the whole universe. We don't have to think huge. We are invited to take even the smallest steps in the direction of this God who loves us. He Himself can transform that littleness. All glory to Him forever.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Proverbs 31.10-13, 16-18, 20, 26, 28-31++
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5.1-6
Gospel: Matthew 24.36; 25.14-30++

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


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