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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, October 31, 2010

The wonderful thing about God being God is that He knows us and loves us as we are, even if we find ourselves in mortal sin. God never stops loving us and is always faithful in loving us. God created us to love us, not to condemn us. God is always with us, inviting us to live in His live and by His love.

For a lot of us, that is not how we ever experienced God when we were young. This is why the message of salvation must be repeated over and over. Only one who has come to know the love of God can truly be a witness to that love. We only come to know that love through faith. Daily our prayer can be: give me faith, O Lord, so that I may know your love.

In the first reading we continue hearing from the Book of Wisdom. We don't have to have any academic degrees to understand Hebrew Wisdom. Rather, we need only have an open heart. The Book of Wisdom is not written for academics, but for us ordinary people to understand that we too can encounter the love of the living God if we open our hearts and minds.

For many people, the choice comes down to believing in the kind of God revealed and spoken about in the Book of Wisdom or not believing at all. It can be a fairly simple choice: if there is a God, He must be like this one described in the Book of Wisdom. The only other possibility is that there is no God at all.

The problem, of course, is that we humans often think of God as only an extra nice human being. Our God is almost always too small. Someone like Zacchaeus in today's Gospel from Saint Luke, is an extraordinary person because he so longs for salvation that he is able to see the divine presence in Jesus Christ. Most of us probably want salvation, but without any work or almost without any belief on our part.

Jesus comes to save us and invites us out of our trees to follow Him. That call is just as clear today as it was in the time of Zacchaeus. When we see the homeless, when we see the hungry, when we see the naked, when we see the confused and crazy - and in every similar situation, it is our Lord asking us to help Him. These are the people who are Jesus for us today and invite us out of our trees to know the Lord.

We can leave the comfort of the distance we have in our trees and climb down the tree to follow the Lord. In this, our God makes us worthy of his calling and powerfully brings to fulfillment every good purpose and every effort of faith - as we hear in today's second reading from the Second Letter to the Thessalonians. Transform us, O Lord, and draw us from our trees to walk the path of salvation.

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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