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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, August 15, 2010

Lots of people prefer a spirituality that does not have a strong bodily element to it. In our Catholic following of Christ, the body confronts us at every turn. Jesus is born in the flesh for our salvation. Mary is taken up to heaven, body and soul. We believe in the resurrection of the body.

The first reading, from the Book of Revelation, sets the state for the rebellion of the angels because, at least some early thinkers thought so, no angel should ever have to worship a human, since humans are less exalted than angels in creation.

The second reading, from the First Letter to the Corinthians, gives us a clear teaching about the resurrection of the body. It also teaches that ultimately, resurrection will overcome death entirely. It is Christ who is our resurrection and who makes true life possible for us.

The Gospel is Mary's song of thanksgiving for the mighty works of God. Again, all of the references keep bringing us back to the reality that we are corporeal beings, people of flesh and blood and spirit.

Just as some of the great Old Testament figures were believed to have been taken into heaven bodily (such as Moses and Elijah), so also the early believers could understand that God would keep Mary from physical corruption. We Catholics believe that Mary was always kept free from sin by the foreseen merits of her Son, Jesus. We believe that Mary can intercede for us, even today, if we call on her name. We Catholics, at least in principle, understand that Mary is not God, not a fourth person of the Godhead, but instead a model human being who was able to listen to God's work and to put it into practice in her life.

Just as Christ rose from the dead, so also Mary is taken bodily into heaven - but only in view of the merits of her Son. Christ is always central. All salvation comes through Christ. If anyone is saved, that salvation comes through Jesus Christ.

Let us pray today for a deeper understanding of the body and a strong respect for our bodily reality. May the Lord guide the Church so that she reflects more completely the goodness and love of the Lord. May Mary intercede for us today so that we may follow her Son, Jesus Christ.

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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