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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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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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Visiting the sick and elderly at home
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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, November 8, 2009

The Holy Scriptures challenge us this week to ask ourselves if we are generous to God and to others. The first reading from the First Book of Kings alerts us that God's ways are not our ways. The Prophet Elijah seems totally unconcerned about the poor woman and her lack of food. He seems concerned about his own hunger rather than hers. She is so incredibly humble and accepting of the Prophet that she is willing to get him water before preparing the last frugal meal for herself and for her son. Almost as an afterthought, he asks her for food.

The way of acting of the Prophet reminds us that God does not always explain Himself first, but perhaps will ask us to do something and in the doing, we encounter the living God. Far too often we are set on doing things according to our own plans and in that way we can impede the work of God in our lives. Responding with a glass of water when it is asked for seems so useless if we are starving to death—but in that one act of kindness and self-forgetfulness, we might meet God and be given life.

The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us that Jesus has come not only to take away sin but also to bring salvation. We could look at the taking away of sin as a purification of ourselves while salvation is sharing deeply in the life of the living God. Taking away sin prepares us for true life but is not life itself. Here we can remember Jesus' own words from the Gospel of Saint Matthew 12:43-45: When an unclean spirit goes out of a person it roams through arid regions searching for rest but finds none. Then it says, 'I will return to my home from which I came.' But upon returning, it finds it empty, swept clean, and put in order. Then it goes and brings back with itself seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they move in and dwell there; and the last condition of that person is worse than the first.

So we want to be free from sin, but we want to fill that freedom with salvation, with an active love of God. Today's Gospel shows us how to fill our freedom from sin with an active love of God: be generous in giving alms. The widow, from her poverty, contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.

So we are invited to be generous today. We recognize that the measure with which we give is the measure we shall receive. Only if we forgive others will we be forgiven. Only if we love others will we be loved. And we can love others because we know that we are first loved by our God, loved in Jesus Christ and loved in the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us give thanks to the Lord!

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


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