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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, July 3, 2011

You and I live in the Spirit when we follow our Lord Jesus Christ. That does not mean only when we are perfect or when somehow we manage to get through a day without any major sins. Rather it means the following of Jesus, which is a learning process. A follower is by definition one who does not know the road himself but who follows another to know the way.

So today's Gospel tells us that if we are among those who labor and are burdened, all we need to do is to come to the Lord and He will give us rest. The rest that Jesus gives to us is a rest of knowing that we are loved, that we are always forgiven when we ask forgiveness sincerely and that we will share eternal life with Him if we continue to follow Him.

Accepting this kind of teaching means that we accept that there is a life after this one and that the life after this one is, in many ways, much more important. In one way, it is not as important as this life: we must live this life to come to the next life. How we live this life affects the life of the world to come, for good or for ill.

The Prophet Zechariah tells us that a Savior will come who will bring peace. He will be a Savior who will banish war and who will lead us and who will rule over all that is. The One whom Zechariah could only foretell and see as in a distant future, you and I have come to know in the flesh: Jesus Christ. He is already ruling over all, even though much of creation may still resist Him. Jesus Christ brings an inner peace when we follow Him faithfully.

We have the Spirit of Jesus Christ and we are invited to participate in the Lord, not to resist the Lord. Only as we come to understand the spiritual world and the presence of Jesus Christ will we come to understand our own Christian Scriptures. Our Scriptures are not a volume of answers but instead show us the road on which to walk. As we walk, we find what we need to do. Only in being faithful to the Lord Jesus can we come to know the results of faith.

Far too often there is a desire to have our God fix everything for us or for others. Yet God is not a God who makes everything easy. God can make everything right, often we are no so concerned with what is right but with what frees us from suffering.

The Sunday of Ordinary Time has a clear teaching: follow the Lord with faithfulness and the Lord will give you His life and His peace. It may not be what we are looking for, but it is the only life and peace that will endure. Let us get up then and walk in His ways.

Readings of the day:
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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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