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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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Knights of Columbus
Meetings 3rd Thursday of the month
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, June 5, 2016

More than likely, if you or I saw someone actually brought back to life after dying, we would have some awe for the person who brought them back to life. These are such unusual happenings that they command our respect and our awe. The story of Elijah in the first reading and of Jesus in the Gospel demand our attention. Our minds are always programmed not to accept such miraculous happenings. Instead, our minds work overtime to find a more rational explanation!

One of the proofs of God's presence in a life is when a person is able to work miracles and healings. We also know that there can be deceptions. One of the ways in which the Church recognizes that a person is a saint, in the official way, is when miracles happen through the intercession of the saint. Many of us have never seen such miracles close up and so they remain sort of hypothetical realities. Some of us have seen and experiences such miracles and believe for sure that God is present and that there is some reality beyond this one and which reaches into our present lives.

The first reading today is from the First Book of Kings and is about the Prophet Elijah. His powers were to strong and remarkable that everyone recognized that somehow he was a Man of God. The closest imagine that we have today, perhaps, was Padre Pio, in Italy, who died only in 1968. His fame had spread far and wide and many people experienced miracles through him, even during his lifetime. As with all such miracle workers, however, many also doubted. With Elijah, even the power of miracles did not help him draw everyone to God.

The second reading is from the Letter to the Galatians and is Paul's account of his own conversion. He wants his readers to be sure that what happened in him was of divine origin and was not simply a human change of mind. God worked mightily in him and made him an apostle. We also can at times feel God touching on us—and most of us resist because such a happening is too far out of our comfort zone. We are much happier living within normal life.

The Gospel from Saint Luke today tells us of Jesus bringing the dead son of a widow from Nain back to life. Once more we are in the presence of a divine reality reaching into ordinary human life. We know that these miracles of Jesus brought him many followers. Often, however, it brought a disbelief on the part of official religion.

Miracles can divide us as they did divide the people in the time of Elijah and in the time of Jesus. We are mostly skeptical about things happening from a divine origin. We don't want to appear fools and people who see miracles all around us.

Who are you? Who am I? Are we ready to believe Jesus? Do we believe that truly there is a God who loves us and works in daily lives, even today? O Lord, open our eyes and our hearts to recognize your presence!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: 1 Kings 17.17-21a, 22-24
Second Reading: Galatians 1.11-19
Gospel: Luke 7.11-17

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


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