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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
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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 11, 2010

God has created us with an awareness of His love, mercy and compassion. God has created us with a deep inner knowledge of right and wrong. We may not always be aware of these gifts of inner knowledge, but so often even people who have never heard of the God and Father of Jesus Christ are able to comprehend the presence of divinity and of a loving divinity. There are certain actions and ways of living that have been seen as right and others as wrong all throughout human history. For sure, there are also differences as well.

The first reading today, from the Book of Deuteronomy, indicates that God has placed this deep awareness within all peoples, not just in the chosen people. It is not something remote and mysterious, but something written in our hearts. This does not indicate that we don't have to work to understand this message of God within us. Usually we humans have to meditate and think and struggle to understand what is within us. Even more do we have to struggle to make sense out of various facets of our inner understanding. One of the first results of such struggle to understand seems to be that golden rule: One should treat others according to how one would like others to treat them. One should not treat others in ways one would not like to be treated.

This is the same challenge that we find in today's Gospel from Saint Luke: who is my neighbor? The answer is clear: everyone is my neighbor insofar as they enter my life. Everyone who is in need is my neighbor. Everyone who has compassion on me and treats me with love is my neighbor. Jesus is very clear that he is not speaking just about the people next door! We are invited to see an enormous challenge in helping others if we want to follow our Lord Jesus.

If we meditate on the Letter to the Colossians, we soon see that Christ is present is all of creation but also in every person. This was the enormous insight of many saints: what I do to the other person, I do to Christ. Thus if I lose my temper with someone, I lose my temper with Christ. If I treat someone badly, I treat Christ badly. If I give someone who is thirsty something to drink, then I give drink to Christ himself. This is such an incredible insight that most of us know academically or in our heads, but so often we fail to realize this insight in our daily living. If we truly treated each other person as God Himself, our world would change in the twinkling of an eye.

Let us ask our Lord Jesus to open our hearts and our minds today so that we can see with eyes of faith, that we can live lives of faith and that we can be aware of the Divine Presence always and in everyone.

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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