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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

Wheel Chair Accessible

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
Please contact the office way in advance
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Please contact the office
Sacrament of the Sick
Please contact the office
Blessings (home, vehicle, workplace)
Please contact the office
Visiting the sick and elderly at home
Please contact the office

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
Please contact the office
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for Sunday, April 12, 2015

This Sunday is so important that it has lots of titles in the tradition. It is the Octave of Easter. Up until about 1970 it was known as Low Sunday. It has also been called Thomas Sunday and Quasimodo Sunday. In some Eastern traditions it is called Renewal Sunday or Antipascha Sunday. Probably most of us have not even heard of some these titles, but may have heard of one or two of them. The titles simply reflect how important this Sunday is.

We should all know that movements begin often with great accord and a common approach to living. Then, as movements begin to mature, there come questions and differences and then conflicts. This early Christian community was no different. In the Acts of the Apostles today we read of the wonderful harmony and sharing among the followers of Jesus at the beginning. It is the same book, the Acts of the Apostles, that will also record the beginnings of disharmony and conflict. The fact that the majority of the followers of Jesus still keep some harmony among themselves is one of the miracles of history. We know that the history of our Christian faith is also marked with the differences and conflicts that have arisen over the centuries. The challenge for you and for me is to keep our eyes on the Lord and on His love for us.

This harmony that we can have is based in the second reading today: In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments. The victory that conquers the world is our faith.

We are always trying to narrow the love that we must have. It is clear from Jesus, however, that He died for all, without exception. That means that we must love all, without exception. So historically there have been claims to killing others is really loving them, that forcing others to the truth is really loving them, that all types of actions against others are really a sign of our love. Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, calls us to seek ways of loving others without compromise: respecting their life, their freedom, their peculiarities, their ways of thinking, and so on. In the midst of that, we must remain faithful to all that Jesus taught us, personally and through His Church.

So we come to Gospel of John today and the story of the Apostle Thomas. We are all probably most like the followers of Jesus who have met Him in one way or another and sort of believe. Yet there are always some like Thomas, who refuse to believe until something extraordinary happens. This reality is reflected in our daily lives as well: openness to seeking the Lord or a reservation in seeking Him; openness to seeing Christ in others or a reservation about His presence in others; openness to encountering Jesus in those who do not believe or an openness to His presence there in the center of unbelief.

The Gospel does not condemn Thomas! Jesus, on the contrary, simply speaks of the belief of Thomas and praises those who can believe without seeing. Whichever model is closer to our own lives, the important reality is simple: believe and follow the Lord! May this Sunday of Divine Mercy help us know that mercy in our lives and share it with others. He is truly risen. Alleluia.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Acts 4.32-35
Second Reading: 1 John 5.1-6
Gospel: John 20.19-31

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


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