Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Easter Season

Memorial of St. Philip Neri


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Today's short reflection...

John 17:1-3: "Jesus looked up to heaven and said, 'Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.'"

Just think about it... To what extent has the only true God been revealed in your life?

May 24, 2020

Message from Msgr. Gigi Philip
The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

May 17, 2020

Message from Msgr. Gigi Philip
The Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 10, 2020

Message from Msgr. Gigi Philip
The Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 10, 2020

Happy Mothers Day

All mothers are remembered on the Altar: On May 10, 2020, the second Sunday of May, let us offer our mothers on the altar whether they are alive or have gone to their eternal reward.

We Christians have two mothers: our earthly mother and our Heavenly Mother, Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The month of May is traditionally the month of Mary. Holy Mary, the supreme model for all mothers, affirmed her obedience to the call of God, and she lived her vocation throughout her entire life. Pope St. John Paul II in his encyclical letter Redemptoris Mater 46 writes, "In the light of Mary, the Church sees in the face of women the reflection of a beauty which mirrors the loftiest sentiments of which the human heart is capable: the self-offering totality of love; the strength that is capable of bearing the greatest sorrows; limitless fidelity and tireless devotion to work; the ability to combine penetrating intuition with words of support and encouragement."

The Holy Bible throws light on the place of mother in human life.

  • "Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living" (Gen 3:20).
  • "Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you" (Exo 20:12).
  • "Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck" (Proverbs 1:8-9).
  • "A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother" (Prov 10:1).
  • "Standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, …" (John 19:25).

    On this Mother’s Day, let us recall the words of the hymn: Gentle mother, peaceful dove, teach us wisdom, teach us love.

    Greetings and Blessings from St. Norbert's Parish: Happy mother's Day!

    Msgr. Gigi Philip

  • May 8, 2020

    From the Archdiocese of Toronto: Catholic Response to COVID-19

    We pray that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this time of uncertainty.

    We would like to share with you a reflection from Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, related to the pandemic, sacramental restrictions and planning for a return to sacramental life.

    In the communication, His Eminence references a number of working groups that have been planning for the days and weeks ahead as we all look forward to when our churches will be open for worship. Both the Archdiocese of Toronto and your local parish will keep you informed as we prepare to re-open our churches, at a time when it is safe to do so. You can visit your local parish website or stay updated online at: www.archtoronto.org/covid19.

    Please take a moment to view the letter from Cardinal Collins here.

    Thank you for your continued patience. We join in collective prayer, anticipating the day that we may all be together once again.

    May 3, 2020

    Message from Msgr. Gigi Philip
    The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

    April 25, 2020

    Message from Msgr. Gigi Philip
    The Third Sunday of Easter

    April 11, 2020

    Easter Message from Msgr. Gigi Philip
    2020 the Best Easter amidst Covid 19

    April 9, 2020

    Letter to the Parishioners - Holy Week 2020

    The Triduum and Easter

  • Celebrated in St. Norbert Church without the physical participation of the faithful
  • Live Streaming from St. Michael's Cathedral Toronto https://www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live/

    April 9, Thursday Lord's Supper 7.00 PM
    April 10, Friday Good Friday 3.00 PM
    April 11, Saturday Easter Vigil Service & Mass 7.00 PM
    April 12, Sunday Easter Sunday Mass 10.00 AM

    Prayer Intentions:
    Let us appreciate and pray for many: people affected with Covid 19 or facing quarantine or isolated; medical professionals, doctors, nurses, caregivers and staffs; research team, health leaders, political leaders, police; hospital chaplains and parish priests; families adjusting to new realities of life; small business owners and families facing financial stress; grocery store workers and delivery drivers and so on.

    Financial Support:
    Thank you for your many contributions to our parish community. It will be a challenge for our parish to maintain operations without the offertory collection. These are the ways you can continue to support our parish, especially this of crisis:

     
  • Drop off or mail your regular weekly offertory contribution to the parish office.
  • Contribute to our parish offertory by credit card. Please click here. You will then be able to select our parish in the drop-down menu. You can make a one time or recurring contribution to our parish offertory or other special funds.
  • Contribute through pre-authorized giving. Click here for more information on pre-authorized giving. You can obtain a form from the parish office or you can click here to download an enrollment form which can be printed and completed. Return the completed form and a voided cheque to your parish office. Or e-mail the form and a scanned copy or photo of a voided cheque to development@archtoronto.org for processing. Contributions are withdrawn from your bank account on the 20th of each month.
  • You can contribute to the offertory via online banking. To do this, the archdiocese will need to send you a unique account number. Please send an e-mail to campaign@archtoronto.org. In the body of the email provide: Your name - Address - Parish name - Municipality. You will be emailed account information, which you can use to set up the Archdiocese of Toronto as a payee in your on-line banking. Your gift will be forwarded to our parish. You can make a one time or recurring gift to our offertory.
  • If you have any questions please contact the Development Office at the Archdiocese of Toronto, 416-934-3400, ext. 540 or development@archtoronto.org.

    I miss seeing you all. I wish you a Blessed Triduum and a Happy Easter.
    Stay safe. Yours in Christ,

    Msgr. Gigi Philip
    St. Norbert's Parish, Toronto

  • April 6, 2020

    Holy Week message from Cardinal Thomas Collins

    "Christians have always prepared for the glory of Easter with the austere penitential discipline of Lent, but this Lent has been like no other in recent memory. The global Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the fragility of our human condition in this valley of tears, through which we journey home to the heavenly Father. It has shattered the illusion that our human will is in control of the world in which we briefly live."

    Read full text of Holy Week message from Cardinal Thomas Collins.

    April 5, 2020

    Message from Father Gigi on this Palm Sunday, 2020

    March 4, 2020

    Holy Week 2020 Schedule

    Explore our Holy Week 2020 Schedule by clicking here.

    Note: This Holy Week Program has three Sections:

    1. Services live-streamed from St. Michael's Cathedral
    2. Official and devotional prayers I do in private for the intentions of the parishioners and for the world. To be part of it, please keep in heart those hours from your home, work or wherever you are.
    3. Zoom Prayer Meeting: please join the meeting using zoom link you find in our group whatsapp, email, website or facebook.

    Make your home a small church, a chapel:

  • Set up a prayer corner in your house; a small table with a white cloth on it, place cross, 2 candles in both sides, Bible, and prayer books, put a mat or sheet in front of it, place a picture of Christ if you have behind the table.
  • Keep this set up there for the whole Holy Week.
  • Try to do all hours of prayer, if possible, with you family, using Prayer book of hours. If you do not have it, please find electronic copy.
  • Please attend live Mass with proper Mass attire. At the time of communion, you may receive communion with an intense desire by reciting the prayer of spiritual communion. Recorded masses are only for devotional purposes, not for the actual attendance.

    Fr. Gigi Philip
    St. Norbert's Parish, Toronto

    Access the livestream from St. Michael's Cathedral:


    St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica website

    St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica Facebook

    More details on the website of the Archdiocese of Toronto
  • March 30, 2020

    Cardinal Collins' Letter on Holy Week During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    As we approach the most sacred time of the year, Cardinal Collins has outlined the guidelines for celebrations during the Holy Week and Easter. Also, the times at which Masses will be livestreamed from St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica are specified.

    You can read the Letter by clicking here.

    March 28, 2020

    Message from Father Gigi on this Fifth Sunday of Lent

    March 25, 2020

    Dear parishioners,

    Thank you for your love and concern about my health and safety. I hope and pray that you are staying healthy by the grace of God. I remember all of you in my daily Mass and Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament. Please let me know if the parish can help you during these difficult times.

    The world is in pain now. Let us be united in prayer seeking the mercy of God. In a special way, we pray for all who work hard in fighting against Covid 19. Let us obey completely the instructions of the health and civil authorities. Our office is closed until further notice and Cynthia, our parish secretary is working from home. For any emergency, please feel free to call office or send a mail. She will be checking messages and taking appropriate actions.

    No doubt you are aware that our parish relies on the support of our parishioners to operate; – parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) – are funded through the generosity of our parish community. It will be a challenge for our parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.

    In response to many requests that I have received from parishioners, here are the ways that you can continue to support our parish at this time:

  • Drop off or mail your regular weekly offertory contribution to the parish office.
  • Contribute to our parish offertory by credit card. Please click here. You will then be able to select our parish in the drop-down menu. You can make a one time or recurring contribution to our parish offertory or other special funds.
  • Contribute through pre-authorized giving. Click here for more information on pre-authorized giving. You can obtain a form from the parish office or you can click here to download an enrollment form which can be printed and completed. Return the completed form and a voided cheque to your parish office. Or e-mail the form and a scanned copy or photo of a voided cheque to development@archtoronto.org for processing. Contributions are withdrawn from your bank account on the 20th of each month.
  • You can contribute to the offertory via online banking. To do this, the archdiocese will need to send you a unique account number. Please send an e-mail to campaign@archtoronto.org. In the body of the email provide:
    • Your name
    • Address
    • Parish name
    • Municipality

    You will be emailed account information, which you can use to set up the Archdiocese of Toronto as a payee in your on-line banking. Your gift will be forwarded to our parish. You can make a one time or recurring gift to our offertory.

  • If you have any questions please contact the Development Office at the Archdiocese of Toronto, 416-934-3400, ext. 540 or development@archtoronto.org.

    Thank you for your many contributions to our parish community. I miss seeing all of you at the Mass and I pray daily that we will be able to gather together again soon.

    Yours in Christ,

    Msgr. Gigi Philip

    March 24, 2020

    Dear Parishioners of St. Norbert's Parish,

    In order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and so as to comply with the Government of Ontario's new regulations requiring that all non-essential workplaces be closed, we are sorry to inform you that the church and the parish office must remain closed until further notice.

    However, we are still here for you during this difficult time. You can still leave a voicemail at the parish office: (416)636-0213.
    Or you can email us at: office@stnorbertschurch.org. We will return your message as soon as possible.
    Visit www.stnorbertschurch.org.

    For updated information from the Archdiocese of Toronto and for links to view the Daily Mass online visit www.archtoronto.org/covid19

    Please continue to pray for those sick and those caring for them. Be assured of our daily prayers for you.

    Yours in Christ

    Msgr. Gigi Philip

    Pastor of St. Norbert's Church

    March 21, 2020

    Message from Father Gigi on this Fourth Sunday of Lent

    March 22, 2020 - 4th Sunday of Lent

    Spiritual Participation and Communion of the Eucharist

    My dear parishioners,

    We wait for any further guidelines from the civil and ecclesial authorities. During this time of social and spiritual suffering, let me suggest two important things:

    1. Follow carefully the guidelines of the health authorities. We care for ourselves and for each other.

    2. Give special attention to enhance and strengthen your spiritual life during this crisis. This is a God-given moments to catch our personal spirituality. When there is no Church to worship, our home is our Church. Make use of this time to connect God in personal prayer and reading Bible.

  • I celebrate Mass everyday privately at 7.30 am, the same time our Cardinal celebrates Mass in the Cathedral for the intentions of the people of St. Norbert's Parish. You may have spiritual participation and communion of the Eucharist. If you have any personal prayer intentions, please send them to me and I will offer it in the Mass (no fee included).

  • Join me in one hour Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament I do everyday from 6.00 to 7.00 pm for our families and the present Covid-19 crisis of the world. Join me spiritually, staying wherever you are in silence with your personal prayer, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet or Bible reading, especially Psalm 51.

  • Our Church is open everyday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. As Christians, we have special responsibility to pray for our country and for the whole world.

  • Use your phone to connect each other; do not wait for them to call you. Just call every one in your friendship and family and talk. Supporting each other in a time of crisis is also a spiritual activity.

  • Above all, I am available in the Church for your spiritual needs, especially for confessions and if someone needs any spiritual assistance at home, please call me.

    Let us support each other. In Christ, your pastor

    Msgr. Gigi Philip

  • March 18, 2020

    Information to Parishioners in the Context of COVID-19

    My dear parishioners,

    In the light of the state of Emergency declared by the Premier of Ontario and the pastoral guidelines issued by the Archbishop of Toronto, let me communicate to you this information from St. Norbert's Parish.

    Cancellations until further notice:

  • Weekday & Weekend Masses
  • All gatherings and group meetings
  • All programs, classes and rehearsals

    Modified Operations:

  • Church is open from 8.30 a.m to 5 p.m for private prayers and devotions.
  • Office is open from 8.30 a.m. to 12 p.m for personal services.
  • Telephone communication is available from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
  • I celebrate Mass everyday privately for the intentions of the people of the parish.
  • I am available in Church for your spiritual needs, and if someone needs any spiritual assistance at home, please call me.

    We follow the guidelines of the Cardinal for all other parish operations. During this time of social and spiritual suffering, let me suggest two important things:

    1. Follow carefully the guidelines of the health authorities. If you have travelled, sick or unwell, kindly accept self-isolation. We care for ourselves and for each other.
    2. Give special attention to enhance and strengthen your spiritual life during this crisis. Make use of this time to connect God in personal prayer and reading Bible.

    2 Chronicles 7:13-15 (NRSV) When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.

    Isaiah 41:10 (NRSV) Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, or I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

    Mathew 14:30-31 When Peter became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"

    Let us support each other in prayer. See you soon. In Christ,

    Fr. Gigi Philip, Pastor


    Useful links:

    Cardinal's Latest Statement

    Archdiocese of Toronto

    COVID-19 Info from Archdiocese

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