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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, May 9, 2010

We begin to hear in the readings more and more about the Holy Spirit that Jesus has sent to us. This Holy Spirit is an Advocate - a person who is willing to take our case and to help us. The Holy Spirit is always with us, seeking to show us how to live in a way that reflects the love of our Lord Jesus. The Holy Spirit is always with us, trying to show us how to live without sin.

The first reading today, from the Acts of the Apostles, shows us clearly that there were differences among people in the early Church, that not everyone agreed on what was needed to be a follower of Jesus Christ. This conflict or difference of opinion was resolved by the Christians coming together and discussing the matter and then those in leadership were able to make some decisions. It all sounds ideal, but we know from other passages that it was not always very ideal. There were enormous differences in ways of thinking of Jesus and His Gospel.

The second reading, from the Book of Revelation, is clearly teaching us how to find our unity together in the one Church of Jesus Christ: by following the teachings of the first leaders of the Church, that group that was known as the twelve, we can know the authentic Word of the Lord. Lots of people argue that such a teaching authority was never given to the followers of Jesus Christ. That is today. In the early Church, both in east and in west, believers believed that those in authority had a special role in the Church established by Jesus Christ.

The Gospel is preparing us for the Ascension of our Lord because Jesus will go away, but he promises to return to us. Even his early Apostles and other followers were not well convinced by His words! Think of the words to Philip the Apostle in another part of this Gospel: Have I been with you so long, Philip, and still you do not know me?

These early Apostles and other followers of Jesus seem pretty dense at times and unable to accept what He has told them. Would we be any different? Probably not.

Today we can ask our Lord Jesus to strengthen our faith, our hope and our love. We all are blessed by the Lord, even when we do not feel blessed. Let us recognize the good in our sisters and brothers and give thanks to the Lord.

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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