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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
Please contact the office
Youth Group
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for Sunday, June 19, 2016

Let us lose our lives for the sake of Jesus Christ! This is the only way to live forever and yet we often avoid it because it will involve suffering on our part. Most of us don't like suffering and so in avoiding suffering we often avoid growth in Christ Jesus.

The first reading today is from the Prophet Zechariah. This reading seems to speak so directly to the sufferings of Jesus that it takes tremendous effort to remind ourselves that it is a prophecy made some centuries before the time of Jesus. It is by looking deeply enough into the humanity of others and at the human condition that we come to recognize that the author of this reading was able to recognize a role for suffering in saving the lives of others. This author was able to see that the unmerited sufferings of a good man are a form of salvation for others. When Jesus comes and fulfills this prophecy, we are able to see this meaning ina new way and recognize infinite sufferings merits infinite salvation.

The second reading today is from the Letter to the Galatians. Is a challenge to belong completely to Christ Jesus. If we have put on Christ, then we become heirs to the promise. And what promise? The promise of God's unconditional love and God's abiding presence with us.

The Gospel of Luke today returns to suffering once more. The Son of Man had to die and we also must die. This is a strong invitation to accept and even embrace suffering for the Kingdom of God. The followers of Jesus did not want Him to suffer and Jesus Himself would have gone without suffering - according to his prayer in Gethsemani - except that the Father asked Jesus to undergo suffering for our sake. We do not and cannot completely understand that mystery We do not and often cannot understand why we ourselves must suffer for the Kingdom.

We must be honest: most of us do not want to suffer. Yet, equally we accept that we must suffer when we love others. The only way to truly love others is to be willing to suffer for them. Thus we are invited by Jesus to take up our cross now and follow Him. Jesus even tells His own followers that He will be killed. We can also assure one another that if we truly follow Jesus we will suffer and may even die. If our life has no suffering, then something is wrong.

My sisters and brothers, we come together seeking to follow Jesus more faithfully. Let us encourage one another to take up the cross today. If we died with Him we shall live with Him. To Him be glory and honor forever. Amen.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Zechariah 12.10-11
Second Reading: Galatians 3.26-29
Gospel: Luke 9.18-24

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


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