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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
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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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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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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, September 9, 2018

Do we listen? Are our ears open? Do we speak the word of the Lord? These are the questions that can be seen in the readings today. We are invited to have our ears opened and to learn to speak God's own words.

The first reading is from the Prophet Isaiah. He tells the fainthearted - those who are uneasy about the word of God, whose hearts live in fear - "Be strong! Fear not!" Most of us who have faith are at least a bit shy about proclaiming that faith, especially when the world is so against faith right now. Yet the Prophet Isaiah would tell us to have no fear, just proclaim God and God's works. Everything will change if we begin to proclaim the Word of God! Our mute lips will speak, our tongues can speak aloud God's glory. We will be able to see the glory of the Lord. The eyes of the blind will be opened. All of these great works are a sign that God is present.

The second reading comes from the Letter of James. "God chose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him." Again we have this testimony that God will work if we just walk with Him. God does not choose the powerful and those who have the means to pay their way. Instead God chooses the weak, the poor, those without capacity - and through them God proclaims the Kingdom of His love. We often doubt this reality but once we begin to see everything through faith, we begin to recognize that power counts for nothing unless it is the power of love. Our level in the society of this life counts for nothing. What counts is a heart set on God and on doing God's will.

The Gospel is from Saint Mark today and is about Jesus curing the man who had a speech impediment and who could not hear. This echoes clearly the passage from the Prophet Isaiah. And, of course, once Jesus heals this man, everyone wants to talk about it. It is no longer a sign from God but is about extraordinary things happening. We humans often prefer the circus to the hard realities of life.

What about us? Do we help others speak? Do we help others hear? Do we direct others to God? The early followers of Jesus recognized that Jesus was fulfilling the prophecies. Do we recognize that? Jesus does not go about saying: "I am God, listen to me." Rather, Jesus goes about doing the works that proclaim that He is God. Let us listen to Him and also open the mouths of others and help them see.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 35.4-7
Second Reading: James 2.1-5
Gospel: Mark 7.31-37

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


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