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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, October 24, 2010

God listens to all of us. God is God and is capable of listening to all of us. We are not God. Not only do we not listen to one another, often we pay no attention to ourselves. We can be so like the man in the Gospel who, instead of praying, tells God how good he is.

The Book of Sirach, part of the wisdom tradition in scriptural writings and from which comes our first reading today, tells us of the experience of our ancestors in the faith: God listens to all but especially to the poor and the powerless. The way to strengthen our prayer is through recognizing our lowliness and helplessness and then asking our Lord from that place of truth.

The Second Letter to Timothy also touches on this theme. Saint Paul found himself abandoned by all his friends and companions and the Lord stayed with him and helped him. Part of being lowly seems also to forgive all who offend us and to ask for their good. Why do the poor and the lowly always seem to be able to forgive while so often those who have power and wealth seem unable to do so?

Today's Gospel passage from Saint Luke puts contrasts starkly these two basic attitudes to God: I have done all right so hear my prayer and I am nothing and don't deserve your attention but I still ask you. It is interesting that neither the Pharisee nor the tax collector is asking anything in particular. Rather, their prayer is simply speaking with the Lord. The Pharisee truly asks for nothing but the tax collector asks for mercy.

We don't want to become overly self - conscious in prayer, but perhaps occasionally it is a good thing to be aware of how we pray and for what we ask. Are we at least somewhat aware of the truth of our before this God who loves us to intensely and yet who is still the Almighty and Eternal God? Are we able to converse with this God with total confidence because of our lowliness and because of His compassionate omnipotence?

Come, let us bow down and worship the Lord. Come, let us place all that we have in His hands. Let us come into the presence of the Lord, for He loves us.

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Second Reading:

Homily from Abbot Philip, OSB, of the Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert.


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