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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

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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
Please contact the office way in advance
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, July 4, 2010

Sometimes even we more modern people can be a bit embarrassed at the strong imagery in the first reading today, from the Prophet Isaiah. On the other hand this is one of the clear images that give us a picture of God as mother, as feminine and as loving us with a mother's love. The image is of a mother with abundant breasts, a mother who is happy to nurse her baby, a mother who delights in giving all that is good to her child.

This is an image of God and an image of the Church as the mystical body. The challenge for each of us is to accept the love and nursing of the Lord. Sometimes we want to act so grownup that we refuse this cuddling and coddling from our God.

This image from Isaiah is seen even more clearly when we look at today's Gospel from Saint Luke. Here we are given an image of what happens to those who refuse to listen to the word of God. This image is strong: it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town.

So today we have the image of warm and motherly love and strict and rejecting result if we do not accept the word. Is one image better than the other. Most likely we are more comfortable with a God who loves us with gentle and motherly love than we are with a God who seems to threaten us. We have to ask ourselves, though, if this is not perhaps a particular weakness of our own time, when we do not want to hear or experience anything that is negative.

It is almost as though we could say that if there is no negative, then there is no positive, either. Does God simply accept all that we do as good? If not, then we must ask ourselves what images we would use for a God who can love but who can also accept us when we reject Him? The image today is not so much God rejecting us, but God having to relate to those who reject Him and His will and ways.

In his letter to the Galatians, Saint Paul exclaims: May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. This gives another insight into today's readings. Is my concern only to live in the Lord and accept His will? Am I willing to suffer with the Lord? Or do I still look on salvation as something that I must win by my works and good deeds?

May my relationship with God, with the Lord Jesus, with the Spirit, be so strong and personal that all I want is to do God's Holy Will! If my desire is not that strong, may I find ways to strengthen and deepen it. May God be at work in me and in you so that our lives may give glory and praise to Him!

Readings of the day:
First Reading:
Second Reading:

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


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