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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, February 13, 2011

On this sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time, we are again invited to change our lives and to recognize the demands of the Scriptures on our lives. Christian life is not meant o be comforting so much as transforming for us. Jesus does not come to us telling us that we are so good that we need to do nothing. Rather, Jesus tells us to repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.

Immediately we begin to wonder: what is the Kingdom? Do I want the Kingdom? Why would I want the kingdom? The Book of Sirach tells us that we have a basic choice in our life: for good or for evil. This choice is for each of us without exception. Our human situation can be very complex: some choose the kingdom and yet do not repent. Other choose against the kingdom but still repent. We are not here to judge one another, but to respond to the living God.

We are invited to live in God's wisdom, mysterious and hidden, as the First Letter to the Corinthians tells us. This mysterious and hidden wisdom can be at work in us without us even knowing it. The more that we do know it and respond to it, the stronger our faith can become. We might even recognize that God does everything to draw us into His Kingdom, no matter how much we resist. On the other hand, we have been given this incredible gift of freedom, of free choice. Every time that we choose for what is right and good, it strengthens us on the path of salvation. Every time that we choose sin and slavery and to be less than we could be, we weaken ourselves in the way of salvation.

We know that our sexuality is one of those areas that is an incredible gift of God but can also become an area of choosing only for our pleasure. Our present culture encourages pleasure and the choices that increase pleasure without even mentioning that there can be deep and wonderful meanings in sexuality that have nothing to do with this physical pleasure but with the use of our whole being for others. And for those who have received the gift of marriage, sexuality can become an incredibly intimate bond of deep union that goes far beyond simple physical pleasure.

There are pleasures in eating, as well, and pleasures in power and authority. There are pleasure in smells and in touch. Our senses bring us such an incredible richness in our lives. The challenge is always to find out the deepest meanings of these pleasures and to choose according to the will of God.

For many of us humans, freedom means the freedom to do what I want. In the Scriptures, freedom is the freedom to do what God wants. There can be a vast difference.

Our God invites us to be simple and direct and to choose the Father's will because that is the only way to life. May our hearts rejoice as we listen to God's word and learn how to choose that which brings life in Him.

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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