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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 16, 2010

When we celebrate Ascension on a Thursday, we celebrate it forty days after Easter and ten days before Pentecost. When we celebrate Ascension on Sunday we celebrate it forty - three days after Easter and a week before Pentecost. The first arrangement is the kind of timing that we find in the Scriptures but the second allows us to celebrate Pentecost as the Octave of the Ascension. For pastoral reasons, many diocese and countries now celebrate Ascension on the Sunday before Pentecost.

These two mysteries, Ascension and Pentecost, are intimately linked. Jesus tells us that He must go away so that the Father will send the Spirit. Jesus tells us that He will still be with us, but no longer in the same way. It is important for us to recognize that the Lord Jesus is always with us in His Church, especially when we see the broken and sinful aspects of ourselves, who make up the Church. Even though we are Church, we are not THE Church.

How important it is for us in these days of shame and accusation to recognize the God is the heart and soul of the Church. How often it can look to outsiders and if there is no God in our Church or that God has abandoned His Church. Yet for us who believe, there is a deep awareness that God purifies His Church in many ways, that the Church goes on in spite of the sinfulness and abuse that we see and experience.

We can all look at the history of the Church and see so many times when it looks as though everyone in the Church is turning away from God, when sinfulness seems more common that grace and virtue, when the Lord ascends and leaves us alone and feeling abandoned.

Just as we sometimes feel abandoned and alone personally, so also there are times when the Church seems abandoned and desolate. In these dark nights, we are invited to believe and to trust that God's salvation is still with us, that the Father is still giving us the Son and the Spirit and that we ourselves are love by this divine God and that all shall be well.

We wait for the power of the Spirit, as in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. We wait for the eyes of our hearts to be enlightened as in the second reading from the Letter to the Ephesians. We wait to be clothed with power from on high as in today's Gospel from Saint Luke. We have received all of these gifts and yet we still wait for their fulfillment in our lives. May this time of waiting between Ascension and Pentecost fill us with joy and complete trust in our God, who loves us without limits.

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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