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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)
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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, August 1, 2010

The Book of Ecclesiastes, often called the Book of Qoheleth, is one of the wisdom books. It teaches us a lot of common sense and is very realistic about living daily life. Today we hear about vanity - that is, about the uselessness of so many things in this life, especially stress and preoccupation about what will happen to us or what we can acquire and what we can do in our ordinary life. Any stress or preoccupation is really useless - vanity in the sense of this reading.

The Gospel reading from Saint Luke also speaks about the futility of preoccupation or worry with money, inheritance or possessions. Of course, most of us don't want to live on the street or have nothing to eat, but this is not about that. It is an over concern with what we have right now, a constant preoccupation with having enough, when in reality we already have enough.

So often we can forget the Gospel teaching that stress and preoccupation and worry don't change reality. If we stop and think, we all realize that, at least in theory. But does such realization stop us from worrying, from stress, from preoccupations? Usually it does not. Instead we get caught up in this inner distress even though we can do nothing about it and it takes so much or even all of our energy.

We can always remember the serenity prayer and ask to change what we can and accept what we cannot change - but often we don't want to do that. It seems almost like a breach of trust if we give up worrying about what we cannot change!

The second reading today, from the Letter to the Colossians, can provide a path through this when it tells us: Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.

All we need to do - and it sounds so easy - is to keep our attention on that which is above and not on the things of earth! Sure, we will say! Yet it is always the answer. We are invited to put everything in our life into the context of God's love for us and salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ. It sounds pious but is just about as simple answer as could ever be given. Trust in the Lord and place all your concerns in His hands.

May we find the Lord this Sunday as He invites us into His presence. May we come to know how to place our lives in His hands. May we come to know that all is well and all shall be well because God is Lord. He loves us and calls us to respond to His love.

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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