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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

Wheel Chair Accessible

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
Please contact the office way in advance
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Please contact the office
Sacrament of the Sick
Please contact the office
Blessings (home, vehicle, workplace)
Please contact the office
Visiting the sick and elderly at home
Please contact the office

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
Please contact the office
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for Sunday, January 24, 2010

We are still in the very early Sundays of Ordinary Time and today's readings challenge us to accept the Word of God and to allow ourselves to be formed by this Word in every aspect of our lives.

The first reading, from the Book of Nehemiah, speaks about the return of the exiles from Babylon to Jerusalem and their rebuilding the temple. More important than the temple, however, is the Word of God. As in every age of history, people can construct buildings, temples, churches and chapels for the Lord - but unless hearts are changed internally, the buildings temples, churches and chapels mean nothing. They are signs that are supposed to speak of the devotion of those who use them, but if the hearts are not changed, nothing else is important.

Ezra reads the Torah, the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures, our Old Testament, to the people. Even though all who listen are believers, they have never heard nor understood their own Scriptures. As the people listen, then begin to weep as they recognize that these Scriptures are the Word of God. The first five books (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) are really the founding documents of the Jewish people.

If we want to know Jesus Christ, who He is, who He is for us and who He was for his first followers, we must spend some time learning the Old Testament and the New Testament. Every word of the Old and the New Testaments must be understood in relationship to every other word—and this is why the Scriptures have such incredible depths to them.

Jesus begins His mission today in the reading that we have from the Gospel of Luke. Just to begin to understand Jesus as He Himself speaks to us, we must understand the Prophet Isaiah. This small section of Isaiah that Jesus quotes in the Gospel today is Jesus telling us: This is who I am.

Who is He? He is the Good News, He is the Word of the Father, He lives by the power of the Spirit, He is the anointed one, He proclaims freedom to all of us who are not free and promises sight to all of us who do not see.

Is Jesus that in your life? Let us pray today that our hearts will be open to our Lord Jesus. Let us invite the Lord Jesus into our lives. Let us ask Jesus to let us see with eyes of faith. Let us ask the Lord for this wonderful inner gift of freedom! May Jesus Christ be good news in our lives today and may we proclaim His goodness to the ends of the earth.

Readings of the day:
First Reading:
Second Reading:

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


Reflections are available for the following Sundays:


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