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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, July 18, 2010

Today we are invited to reflect on our hospitality, how we receive others, how we treat strangers and on our ability to understand God's constant presence in our lives.

The first reading, from the Book of Genesis, is the basis of the famous icon of the Holy Trinity by Rubloff. The teaching of Genesis in this passage is very clear: when we receive strangers and treat them as honored guests, it is God Himself that we receive into our homes. This teaching comes down to us also when we hear of St. Martin of Tours giving half of his cloak to the cold stranger or when we hear of St. Francis kissing the leper. God is present in the stranger, the naked, the sick, the repulsive, etc. Most of us know that only at the level of intellectual understanding. Normally we don't test it by these extreme actions - but perhaps we should.

The Gospel is this wonderful story of Mary and Martha, which sometimes is used to justify the contemplative life. We can easily imagine the busy, busy Martha getting frustrated because Mary is just sitting there, apparently doing nothing! This serves as a good reminder to all of us that we can get so caught up into doing things for our Lord that we forget to spend time with our Lord.

When we visit good friends, we usually visit them to spend time with them, not to have them rushing about doing everything for us except spending time with us.

The second reading today, from the Letter to the Colossians, tells us this: it is Christ in you, the hope for glory. It is he whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.

Do we even begin to understand that Christ is in us? That Christ is in every other person? That our hope for glory is in knowing and serving Christ in one another? Even if we try only once in a while to live this mystery of Christ present in every other person, our lives would be so changed. Even if we don't believe, taking one day to act as if we believed that God is truly present in each other person could change our lives so much.

These readings today invite us to live in the presence of God, striving to live out our belief that God is always present to us, that God is present in every situation, that God is present in other people and especially in the stranger. May God open our hearts and our beings so that we can worship Him by serving Him in the other person.

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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