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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
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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

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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
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
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Sacrament of the Sick
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Blessings (home, vehicle, workplace)
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Visiting the sick and elderly at home
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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
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for Sunday, June 6, 2010

Melchisedek brought out bread and wine and blessed Abram. Already in this first reading from the Book of Genesis we see strong symbolism in bread and wine. Why is there a mention of bread and wine? This is not clear but we know that these elements become later the elements used by Jesus at the Last Supper to give Himself to us forever and always. Melchisedech comes out of nowhere and disappears back to nowhere. He is a very mysterious figure in the Hebrew Scriptures and is seen as an image of the Messiah who is to come. Melchisedech is both king and priest, which are the attributes of the Messiah. Abram is our Father in Faith. It is as though in this passage we can see foreshadowed the mystery of the Incarnation and Resurrection.

The second reading is from the First Letter to the Corinthians and shows us how Jesus used bread and wine to give Himself to us. This is the oldest known account of the institution of the Eucharist. These early followers of Jesus could no more clearly understand this mystery than we can today. We know that Jesus is Lord and gives Himself to us forever, but to understand that mystery would take all eternity and even more than that.

The Gospel today from Saint Luke tells us that Jesus and His Church give us food every day. We can think of material food but we know that God is more concerned with our whole being than He is with just our corporal needs. When people starve to death, as is all to common today, it is not a sign that God has abandoned them but that the hands of Jesus have not yet touched all people through those of us who already believe.

God in Jesus Christ is concerned about supersubstantial bread, the bread of life, the bread of faith, the bread broken each day as we struggle to be faithful. We expect God and His Church to give us supersubstantial bread. God is faithful. His Church is incarnated in humans and so is never completely faithful. What a mystery and a grace it is to be able to see the Divine Presence within the Church, even with all of its stains and sins.

This Solemnity of Corpus Christi is not just about Jesus giving Himself, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, in the Holy Eucharist. It is also about that Eucharist transforming the Church, His body. It is about that Eucharist transforming us, because we are Church. May this wonderful solemnity touch our hearts, our minds, our souls, so that we can be transformed as the people of God into the living presence of our Divine Lord Jesus present in this world. May the Body and Blood of the Lord remove our sins and stains so that the loving and compassionate face of Christ may give light to all our world. Amen.

Readings of the day:
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Second Reading:

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


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