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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
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, September 5, 2010

So what is wisdom? Our first reading today comes from the Book of Wisdom which teaches us how to live wisely. Today's teaching is that none of us can really know the mind or the plans of God. This is true at a very practical level but not so true at a general level. Jesus Christ has revealed to us once and for all that God loves us and is committed to us and wants our salvation.

Wisdom for our Jewish ancestors in the faith was knowledge of how to live well in any situation. Wisdom is much more practical knowledge than theoretical knowledge. You and I must know the practical realities of living well and not just be able to think of them. Only God can give us practical advice about how to live in this world with His blessings in such a way that we shall come joyfully into the world after this one.

The second reading shows us some practical wisdom on the part of Saint Paul. A runaway slave has come to him and now Saint Paul is sending him back to his owner, who is a Christian, asking the owner to reflect on the reality of slavery. Saint Paul does ask for freedom, but simply to treat the slave as if he were Saint Paul himself, which would be to treat him as a Roman citizen!

In the Gospel we hear Jesus talking about the practical wisdom that each of us needs to follow him. Are we willing to give up everything? Can we make Jesus and the Kingdom the center of our lives? This is just another expression of the wisdom that we find throughout the Gospels. Where our heart is, there is our treasure. Sometimes we humans prefer pleasure to following the Lord. Sometimes we prefer money. Sometimes we prefer power. These are the great temptations. Family can fit into all three of these categories but can also fall outside of them.

Jesus invites us to look carefully at our personal lives today. Where is my heart? Where is my treasure? What are the values and the realities that really guide and direct my life, not just those that I talk about?

Sometimes we choose to follow the Lord even knowing that He is not yet our only goal, but hoping that we can win the battle. This is the same kind of image that Jesus puts in front of us today: if we have to fight, what are our resources? The only resource that can win the battle is complete trust in God, in Jesus our Lord and in the Holy Spirit.

As happens so often in our lives, we are invited to look at life as a choice between good and evil; a choice between following the Lord or following other values; a choice to live or to die.

What will I choose today? I hope to choose the Lord, goodness and life! Even if I fail over and over, I can continue to choose Jesus, life and goodness - and most of all I can trust that the Lord will help me. Let us pray for one another.

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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