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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, October 16, 2016

The Second Letter to Timothy, from which our second reading comes today, tells us this piece of wisdom: "You have known the sacred Scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." Clearly the lesson today is to seek wisdom and to listen attentively to the Lord and others as we seek God's wisdom.

The first reading is from the Book of Exodus and that wonderful story of Moses holding up his hands in prayer. As long as his hands are held up, the army of Israel wins in battle. When Moses tires and lowers his hands, the other armies begin to win. This is a story that is repeated in the Gospel: never weary of praying because, in truth, it is only prayer than can change the world.

The Gospel today is from Saint Luke and tells the story of a widow dealing with an unjust judge. As we hear the details of this judge, we understand why the widow is upset. The judge does not fear God and does not respect any human being! There really is no hope for the widow. We don't know the details of the widow's case which she brings before the judge. She is not asking that the judge favor her, only that he render a just decision. This widow is relentless! She just keeps pestering the judge until he says to himself: I better give a just decision lest she finally come and strike me.

This is almost a comic situation: a strong and unjust judge who fears a widow who might come and beat him up! Luke's Gospel tells us that "Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary."

How often we get weary of praying when God does not answer our prayers the way we want Him to answer them! How slow we are to recognize that God knows better than we what is truly good for us! How difficult it is to remain praying for what we think is right when nothing good seems to happen to us and when we sense that God has abandoned us!

God never abandons any of us but instead is always with us, seeking to form us as wonderful and loving human beings who have the strength to do what is right and good. To form anyone requires that we learn how to persevere, how to keep going in the midst of any difficulties, how to accept that if we persevere and keep trying, eventually we see the hand of God present and his loving presence beside us.

My sisters and brothers, let us not be spoiled children who only want our own desires! Let us grow into women and men who are strong and seek only what God wants and who are willing to suffer for the love of God and the love of others.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Exodus 17.8-13
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 3.14 - 4.2
Gospel: Luke 18.1-8

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


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