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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, June 12, 2011

Pentecost! Each of us needs the Holy Spirit to come to us and bring us wisdom and knowledge. Jesus Christ our Lord sends the Holy Spirit to us, whether we acknowledge that presence or not. We have to remember that in the early Church some people even received the Holy Spirit before they were baptized. Always the Gospel tells us that God can work in His own ways and does not have to follow what we think He should do.

The reading from the Acts of the Apostles shows us one of the great effects that the Holy Spirit can have on a believing community: there is communication which surprises every one. We don't have to think just of all kinds of speaking tongues - because it is clear that speaking in tongues in not the primary focus. The focus is on the fact that everyone understood everyone else. This is a healing of the story that we find early in the Scriptures when people want to build a tower to heaven and then are separated so that they can no longer understand one another. Here we have the healing of that lack of understanding.

The reading from the First Letter to the Corinthians reminds us that every gift of God is for building up the community. These gifts are not given to glorify one or the other person in the Church, but to help form community together in Jesus Christ.

The Gospel of John today reminds us that the gift of the Spirit is also about the pardon of sins. Anyone who has ever tried marriage or religious community knows that without pardoning one another, such communities would cease to exist. We humans are still sinners and when we live together we must be able constantly to pardon one another and move forward in the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.

Another aspect of the gift of the Holy Spirit is to take away our fears of speaking about Jesus and about proclaiming our faith. Most of us are not going to be martyrs, yet we must remember that there are probably more martyrs today than there ever have been in the history of the Church. More and more Christians are being killed simply because they are Christians. There is more and more agitation also to break down the teachings of the Catholic Church and to destroy her moral authority. There is no doubt that some of the crisis about sexual abuse in the current Church is not about the abuse itself but about breaking the authority of the Church and trying to show that the Church is not better than any other institution.

One of the gifts of the Church is that She seems always able to be renewed. This is because the Holy Spirit is at the heart of our Church. Our Church is not simply another human institution. The Church is Jesus Christ present here on earth in a human and divine way. Because the Church is also people, there is sin and brokenness.

Come, Holy Spirit! Renew the faith in your Church. Show us the fire of your love. Help us to live your love in our lives and give witness to You.

Readings of the day:
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Second Reading:

Homily from Abbot Philip, OSB, of the Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert.


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