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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
Please contact the office
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for Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ascension has come and gone and now we are in that special time of the Church year when we wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit has already come but the Spirit is still in the process of conquering our hearts. During this time between the Ascension and Pentecost, we keep praying: Come, Holy Spirit.

The first reading today reflects this time of waiting and praying. The apostles, some women, Mary the Mother of Jesus and the brothers of Jesus are all waiting and praying in the upper room. They know of the promise of Jesus to send a Consoler, an Advocate, His own Spirit. So they wait and they pray.

You and I are invited also to wait and pray. We always have need of the Holy Spirit to confirm us in faith and to guide us in the way of peace. None of us knows how long we must wait. It is quite clear that some people becomes saints while they are still young and others of us spend a lifetime seeking the Lord. It does not matter. What matters is that we are on the path and trying to be faithful.

The second reading today, from the First Letter of Peter, reminds us that we will have to suffer for our faith. The author wants to remind us that suffering for the faith is fine, but if we are suffering because of our sins, we need to repent. Thus the author makes it clear that we should not glory in suffering if it is not for the Lord.

Today's Gospel gives us the prayer of Jesus for His followers when He is not longer with us in the way that He was while He lived on this earth in our human flesh. He knows that we will be confronted by many temptations, just as the apostles were. He knows that we may deny Him, just as Peter did. He knows that we may doubt Him as Thomas did. Yet He loves us and is always willing to pardon us when we ask for forgiveness.

Jesus sends us His Spirit so that we can know the Consoler as our Advocate - one who is always seeking to defend us against all that is evil. Let us wait and let us pray so that the Holy Spirit may come upon each of us with personal gifts of grace for us - to lead us to the Father.

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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