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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 25, 2010

Let us persevere in asking the Lord to transform us. Today's readings, all of them, are such a clear teaching about the value of continuing to pray for what we really need, even when it may not be given to us immediately.

The first reading, from the Book of Genesis, is filled with humor. It also teaches us so much about our God. This is a God who loves us passionately and uses the least bit of goodness on our side to give us even more love. This is a God who is always willing to be spoken to. Although it is expressed in human ways, this is a God who wants to forgive us over and over and over. This God wants to overlook our transgressions the minute we turn to Him. It looks as if only that which is totally evil cannot be redeemed and given God's divine life.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Colossians repeats this same lesson: Jesus is the one truly good man and through one man alone salvation has been given to the whole world. We are invited to be part of that one man. We have become one with Jesus through baptism. No matter if we find ourselves still somehow enmeshed in darkness and sin, we can remember that we have been made one with Him. He will save usólet us call on Him.

The Gospel is another description of prayer for us. The Our Father is easy enough, even though we could spend the rest of our lives just meditating this one text. Jesus goes on, however, with stories to tell us about persevering in prayer. The moral of the story is that we can wear God down, just as Moses did in the first reading. We just have to keep asking until we wear the Lord out and He finally gives us what we need.

Why do we have to keep asking? Because we often ask for things that we don't really need. When we really need something, we will keep asking for it. If we don't persevere in our prayer, then we think that what we are asking for is not all that important in our lives.

May we come to know the importance of living in God each day and find it so important that we pray for it always.

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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