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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, March 14, 2010

Today's readings draw us into the Promised Land. The first reading speaks about this change in the lives of our ancestors in the faith. They no longer had manna but they had food from the produce of the land. God no longer fed them with the manna and quail. Instead they now took on the responsibility of obtaining their own food. God remains with them, but now in a different way.

The second reading repeats the theme, now in terms of Christ saving us and making us a new creation. Far too often we forget that we have been made a new creation in Christ Jesus and we live as if we had never been baptized or changed at all. This is our human condition of sinfulness. The more we become aware that we are made new, the more we can life in the newness of life and give glory to the Lord. It is always a matter of asking our loving Father: change us and make us in your image.

The Gospel is the story of the two sons who are so very different and yet both of whom in the end seek to do the Father's will. We can presume that if the Father is so good, then the second son eventually accepts His words. We find elements of both the first son and the second son within ourselves. It doesn't matter whether we think in terms of sons or daughters, the teaching is the same. We can also think of God as our Mother here, as Pope John Paul I once said. The teaching is about our humanity and not about our gender.

What is the teaching: we are made new, we make mistakes, we reject the goodóbut God always is happy and delighted to have us return to the way of salvation and to come to enjoy divine life with Him. We are invited to the Promised Land. We are invited to be part of the New Creation. We are invited to see the love our Father has for us, whether we have been one of those who strayed or one of those who tried to stay on the path always.

May our Lord send His Spirit on us this Sunday and move our hearts and our minds so that we may love others as He has loved us.

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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