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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, May 22, 2011

We can hear that the Gospel is already leading us to the Ascension and to Pentecost! It is not easy to let the Easter Mystery of Resurrection rush by so quickly, but these 50 days of Easter seem to go very, very quickly.

The today's first reading, from the Acts of the Apostles, we are already hearing of the early structuring of the Church. Lots of people today don't want to believe that Jesus actually established a Church here on earth. It seems, however, that any honest reading of the Gospel and the New Testament in general leaves an impression that Jesus did intend His movement to go on after His death and that He he established some structures to help that: baptism, marriage, commissioning of ministers, etc.

The Acts of the Apostles speaks of the establishment of deacons. These deacons were to take care of the poor so that the Apostles could go on preaching the Word of God. That is a structure, no matter how minimal.

Today's second reading, from the First Letter of Peter, speaks about choosing the rejected stone as the corner stone. It speaks about our stumbling by disobeying the word. Finally it speaks about the God who calls us out of darkness into His wonderful light. This letter is for all of us. All of us reject Christ from time to time. If we remain faithful, it is because we repent of our unfaithfulness. God is calling us out of darkness into His own wonderful light each and every day. We are invited to respond to that call today because always today is the day of salvation.

John's Gospel today speaks about following Jesus on the way. His first followers protested that they did not know the way. Jesus is very clear: He is the way. We must remain in communion with the Lord Jesus. How do we do that? By striving to obey His word, by repenting when we don't and by striving to respond to His love.

Following the Lord is not something all that difficult in the beginning. It becomes difficult only as the Lord asks more and more of us. Jesus asks us more as we come to know Him. If we stay at the fringe of His love, He cannot ask much of us. The more we respond to His love and leave the fringes, the more He will ask of us. May we give our entire lives out of love for Him.

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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