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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)
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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
Please contact the office
Youth Group
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for Sunday, May 10, 2015

One of the joys of the first reading today is that it shows that God works in His own way to draw people into the Church. The normal way is Baptism and then the Holy Spirit. In the case of Cornelius and his household, it was the Holy Spirit first and then baptism. We followers of Jesus can sometimes find ourselves upset because God does not follow our rules. Instead, we are invited to be like Saint Peter and watch for the presence of God.

The second reading today, from the First Letter of Saint John, spells out clearly that we must love others - not by our own power and strength, but because we know that we are first loved by God. This lesson is also enormously important in the Church. We are invited each day to renew our knowledge that God loves us. Our love can only be a response to His love. When we begin to think that we are loving with our own power, then we fall into the trap of rules and regulations.

Does that mean that there are no rules and regulations in the Church as founded by Jesus? Not at all! Instead the rules and regulations are there to help us maintain order and to be clear that following Christ is not about feelings and sentiments, but about doing the right thing and doing good always. This is not always an easy path for the followers of Jesus. We seem to go to extremes: either rules and regulations or complete freedom to do what we want. Instead, Jesus calls us to follow Him and His Church and that always implies obedience to the Word and to the Church. That obedience is always in freedom.

The Gospel from Saint John also reminds us that the test of true love, for the followers of Jesus, is the willingness to give my life away for the sake of the other person. This is what Jesus has gone for us: Jesus died so that we might live. Jesus rose so that we might have eternal life.

We are more than halfway through the Easter Season and we continue to rejoice that Jesus died and rose from the dead. We rejoice that Jesus gives us life. The test of the truth of our rejoicing is always the same: am I willing to die so that others might live? Do I practice giving up my life each and every day in the small events that happen in my life? Do I accept the trials and tribulations of ordinary daily life as signs of the Kingdom of God?

Jesus, help us follow you and give up our lives so that others may live.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Acts 10.25-26, 34-35, 44-48
Second Reading: 1 John 4.7-10
Gospel: John 15.9-17

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


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