BACK TO SCHOOL 2020
This School year is a different opportunity to grow in wisdom and faith and to face the challenge in hope and enthusiasm. Greetings and prayers for:
Care takers, teachers, staff, trustees, and principals for taking this opportunity positively,
Parents for their patience, sacrifice, and steadfast faith,
Priests and the Church for their encouragements and prayers, and
Students for inspiring us to draw good in this opportune time!
This is what we believe; God is in control always as he was before.
Fr. Gigi Philip, Pastor
Check out our Bulletin for September 20.
As we approach the fall months, there are several second collections that are taking place, in addition to regular parish collections.
The schedule is as follows:
• Needs of the Church in Canada – weekend of September 26-27, 2020
• Pope's Pastoral Works – weekend of October 3-4, 2020
• World Mission Sunday – weekend of October 17-18, 2020
• The Shepherds' Trust – weekend of November 14-15, 2020
We are blessed to have very generous parishioners here at St. Norbert's Parish, and we'd like to thank you for your support, especially during this unprecedented time. While we were shut down many parishioners wanted to continue making donations to the parish but struggled to figure out how to get their donation to us when they were not leaving their homes. Although we are now offering public Mass again, many people are still not able to join us in person.
One option to make donating easier, save paper by using less envelopes, and make processing easier for our volunteers and staff, is to sign up for Pre-Authorized Giving. You can sign up to have weekly or monthly donations automatically withdrawn from your bank account and given to St. Norbert Parish. You set the amount you want to give, and you can change it whenever you need to. The program is easy to sign up for and can be set up without you having to leave your house. If you want to learn more about Pre-Authorized Giving please contact the parish office.
More information is available here.
RCIA is a joyful gathering of people once in a week where they are free to share their faith experience in view of learning of catholic faith or becoming catholics. Duration of this program is from september to Easter.
If you would like to join, please contact the office at 416-636-0213.
Thank you to all who have so carefully followed the new instructions when attending Mass. Masks are mandatory in the church. Please continue to maintain physical distancing while waiting to enter the church and as you exit after Mass.
Weekday Masses are:
(First come first served)
Tuesday & Wednesday at 7:00 pm
Thursday & Friday at 8:30 am
(Please reserve your seats )
Saturday at 5:00 pm (English)
Sunday at 9:00 am (Italian)
10:30 am (English)
12:00 pm (English
If you need to come into the office for any reason, please call ahead so we can maintain social distancing and disinfect the area between visitors. We are excited to be able to serve you again in the office while keeping everyone’s safety a top priority.
Tuesday – Friday from 8:30 am – noon and 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The situation in Lebanon is dire. At least 154 people died in the explosion and 5,000 were injured – those numbers are expected to rise over the coming days. The explosion also destroyed vital food stores and left 300,000 people homeless (representing roughly 12 per cent of the city's population). Five hundred hospital beds, as well as important medical supplies needed for the country's COVID-19 response, were also damaged in the blast.
At this time, we ask the faithful to please donate to the Lebanon relief effort, if they are able.
The Archdiocese of Toronto will send donations to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), a papal agency with extensive on-the-ground networks in Lebanon. CNEWA staff are currently working to send food, water, medical supplies and hygiene products to Beirut. Spiritual and psychological support will also be provided to those who lost everything in a blink of an eye. Later, CNEWA will rebuild housing and help re-establish those who lost their livelihoods in this disaster.
Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
The people of Lebanon – who were already dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and hosting almost one million Syrian refugees – need our assistance. It is at times like these when we are called to respond in a special way to our Christian mission to love our neighbour.
Registration for Seating
Since the capacity of the church is reduced, reservation is the only solution for weekend Masses (Saturday 5.00 pm, Sunday 9.00 am, 10.30 am and 12.00 noon). Considering the elderly population of our parish, registration for all will be done exclusively over the phone (416-636-0213). You will need to provide your name, phone number, address and the number of family members coming with you. Registrations for each weekend will open the prior Wednesday at 9.00 am and close Friday at 5.00 pm.
If you show up with no registration, the ushers are forced to turn you down. Please do not make such a situation of disappointment; we all are obliged to follow government protocols.
For week-day Masses (Tuesday 7.00 pm, Wednesday 7.00 pm. Thursday 8.30 am, and Friday 8.30 am) First Come First Served admission will be followed.
Before coming to the Church: