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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, June 13, 2010

As we celebrate today's Eucharist, we are invited to reflect on our own faith. Far too often there can be a sense that we must somehow make ourselves better in order for God to love us. Today's scriptures tell us that instead of us making ourselves better, our task is to believe. When we believe, God transforms us. It is not by our deeds or actions or good works that we are saved, but by believing in Jesus Christ as Lord.

The first reading, from the Second Book of Samuel, tells us the story of King David, who is one of the great people of faith in the Hebrew Scriptures. He is also an incredible sinner. Yet he always trusts in God's mercy and forgiveness and truly repents of his sins. King David is a full human being, with lots of desires and lusts and incredibly energy to serve the Lord. His love for God does not stop him from sinning but when he recognizes that he has sinned, he repents with all his heart.

King David is a wonderful example for all of us. He shows what it is to live fully, to love and to desire - and in all of that to seek God as his highest good. Sometimes we hardly do anything because we fear to sin. We don't live strongly because we don't want to make mistakes. We don't repent much because we imagine ourselves doing much. Instead, God invites us today to live with all our heart, all our strength and all our being. When we make mistakes or when we sin, we should sin strongly - using the phrasing of Saint Augustine! By living strongly, we can seek God strongly and repent strongly when we sin.

The Gospel has the same lesson, now told from the point of view of a woman who recognizes that she has sinned and is not at all ashamed to repent in front of everyone. This is a woman who is living fully and completely and is not afraid of living nor of repenting. She is another incredible example to all of us of how to live the mystery of our faith.

We can take the words of the Letter to the Galatians as a model: I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me. The more I recognize that I am loved, the more I can live from that love with complete trust and confidence in the Lord.

May each of us today take the risk of living fully and strongly. We will make mistakes and we will sin, but we trust completely in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not as though we are looking to sin or that we are looking to make mistakes. On the contrary, we strive to live to the best of our ability. Yet only with God's love do we have strength. Only knowing God's acceptance can we strive to live with depth and profundity.

God saves us. God loves us. God invites us to eternal life. Let us live and walk in the way of 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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