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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, November 7, 2010

We are coming to the end of Ordinary Time, the end of the Church Year. Soon we shall be starting with Advent once more. The readings today are really about the resurrection, about a belief in life after our death in this life. The First Reading from the Second Book of Maccabees is so clear in this passage: we are able to face any type of death because we have no fear of death in this life. Death in this life is only the gate to life eternal with God.

Our whole Christian tradition insists that there is a personal life after death for each one of us who believes. We do not have a tradition in which we die and simply disappear into the unity of God. No, we Christians believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. This has been a consistent written tradition going back to the great saints around and slightly before the year 400 AD.

As in today's Gospel from Saint Luke, we can find all kinds of disagreements with this faith and people who try to show that we must be crazy or unreasonable to believe. Jesus, however, in the Gospel, is very clear that God is a God of the living and not of the dead. All who believe are alive in Him.

How often people can say that it would be impossible for God to know the many billions of people who have lived and are living! This only shows our tendency to reduce God down to a sort of enhanced human. God is God. God knows all things at all times and lives beyond all time. God is the God of all that is and is the ground of all being and cause of all being. If we could encompass God with our human minds, God would not be God. We can have some understanding of God, but that understanding is always a dim reflection of the reality of God.

The Second Reading, from the Second Letter to the Thessalonians, asks that the Lord may direct our hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ. Only as we plunge into the love of God can we come to understand a bit the endurance of Christ and His love for us. This is the reality of God. As we come to the end of the Church year, we are invited more and more to believe in all that God has taught us in Jesus Christ and to live as He lived in this world.

In coming to know the love of God, we can believe entirely in the resurrection of the dead and the love that God has for each one of us, individually and personally.

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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