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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, August 22, 2010

The first reading, from the Prophet Isaiah, reminds us that Israel is called by the Lord, even when Israel has been taken captive and the people scattered. So also are we called, even when we rebel and get angry or frustrated with the Lord. Let us be true to the Covenant and return to the Lord.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Hebrews, reminds us that because we are called, we must live lives of discipline. The most basic discipline is recognizing the hand of the Lord in all that happens to us, whether it seems easy of difficult, suffering or sweetness. Most of us don't mind being disciplined with goodness, gentleness and positive blessings. There is a real challenge to accept the discipline of suffering, bereavement, loss of any kind, rejection, etc. Both are gifts of the God who loves us, not in the sense the God is there plotting difficulties for us, but in the sense that God is always present and creatively bring good from evil.

The Gospel from Luke wants us to be ready at all times for God's final call in our lives. We do not know when that will be and want always to be ready for it. The question of the followers of Jesus is whether many will be saved. We note that Jesus does not reply, as many would like: yes, everyone will be saved! Instead, Jesus points out to us that in order to enter, we must try to enter.

Although this sounds simple, as it is simple, it is also an enormous challenge: try to live the Kingdom of God! Throughout the New Testament writings we find the teachings of Jesus about how to live the Kingdom of God. Jesus tells us that at the heart of the discipline is love and forgiveness. Love is doing the good that helps others and serves them. Forgiveness! From the depths of our heart and with our whole being, we must forgive any evil done to us by others.

So today and throughout our lives we must practice Kingdom living. The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us that always there is discipline involved in loving others and there is discipline involved in forgiving others. Our emotions are clearly not the guide here but only our faith in the Lord Jesus. As with any discipline, it takes time to learn and commitment to practice. We can learn and practice Kingdom living only if we are given the grace and love from the Holy Spirit of the Father through Jesus the Lord.

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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