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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
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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
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St. Vincent de Paul Society
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, August 8, 2010

Today we learn a lot of lessons about trusting in the Lord and doing His will. The first reading, from the Book of Wisdom, is about trusting that the Lord will always watch over us. It is much more about this than it is about punishing our enemies, although for sure the Old Testament does not always make such a distinction. If you kill my enemies, you help me. Today we think in other ways about how God is on our side. At some levels, however, we still tend to be aware of those enemies that foul up our lives - and we want to be free of them, even if we may not to kill them.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Hebrews, is a wonderful discourse about Abraham, our father in faith. Abraham seems to have an incredible gift of faith. He could believe in God even when God seemed not to be fulfilling His promises. Generally we are less enthusiastic about our faith if we don't see any result in it for us. Our ancestors in the faith are always patient with us, explaining that if we can already see and understand everything, then our faith is probably empty. For sure if God had promised to me that I would have descendants and I were already ninety years old, I would begin to have some doubts. If I wre married and my wife were sterile, I would have some doubts. Abraham, however, shows us how to believe. If God has said that He will do something, God will do it.

Although we may find this difficult, in the end it is the only way to believe. What has God promised to us? Not children, not lands, not power - but to be friends of God and children of the Father. Jesus has promised us His salvation if we believe in Him. Note clearly that Jesus is not promising salvation to us if we are good. That is impossible in so many ways. Instead, we are promised salvation if we believe in Him.

The Gospel picks up the theme of being responsible. If we believe that God always watches over us and if we believe that God is our friend, then we have to be waiting for God to come again. Put my faith in the Lord, then I must be ready for His coming, no matter when that will be. I may well be like the servant who really did not understand much, and I may deserve a less heavy beating! I would like to be a servant who is always waiting and trusting, but I know that I am not. Some people are and I give thanks for them.

Let us wait, then, and seek to serve the Lord as good servants. When we fail, we should still believe and trust in the Lord. May the Lord Himself become the whole meaning of our life.

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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