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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
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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
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St. Vincent de Paul Society
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, June 21, 2015

Most of us don't think about anyone having the capacity to change the weather or to control the physical environment simply by thinking about it or praying about it. Most of us are very much caught up in the scientific was of our present age. We can understand the surprise of the followers of Jesus when Jesus was able to control the storm and stop any danger.

These followers in the Gospel of Mark are Jewish people and would have immediately recognized that the person who could control nature must be God or at least a person very close to God. We who don't come from that culture would immediately seek some other explanation of what was happening. It could have been simply a coincidence. It could mean that the weather was already changing and the person recognized that. It could mean that the person had some unusual insight. But it certainly would not mean, for most of us, that the person was God.

The readings today are given to us to make us think about God and about the role of God in our personal life and in the life of the world. The first reading, from the Book of Job, states clearly that God creates all things and creates the weather as well as the physical universe. Those who understand and accept the Book of Job as the Word of God will be able to understand the Gospel more easily than someone who does not believe and really doubts even the existence of a God.

The second reading is from the Second Letter to the Corinthians and states that for those who believe in Jesus as the Christ, as the Savior, all has changed and our understanding of the world will be very different from the person who does not believe. At one level, this is really apparent. If we believe in God, we are different from those who do not believe. If we believe that Jesus is God, we are even more difference from those who do not accept this reality.

The Gospel, today from Mark, is very clear when it questions us: Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey? If we accept the Gospel account that the wind and the sea obeyed Jesus, then we must answer this question. If we reject that the wind and the sea obeyed Jesus, then we are left without faith and without any belief that this Jesus has any special role.

My sisters and brothers, what do you believe? Let us walk with the Lord Jesus and know that He is God.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Job 38.1-4, 8-11++
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5.14-17
Gospel: Mark 4.35-41

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


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