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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 10, 2011

Today in the first reading, from the Prophet Isaiah, we have some of the most beautiful words of all of Scripture: my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.

Far too often we make God into some kind of super human being, rather than letting Him truly be God. God's word is effective. No matter what we do to foul up God's will, God prevails in the long run. God is God and knows how to deal with His human creation. If we look at our daily lives, we must come to understand that holiness is not about us achieving anything. Doing God's will is not about us doing anything. Rather, holiness and doing God's will is about accepting God's work within us. The work is always God's work if it is truly grace.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Romans, reminds us that even though God's word is always effective, it still demands of us suffering so that we may be formed in the will of God and formed in God's own image. Following Jesus Christ is always taking up the Cross. There is no way to follow the Lord Jesus and avoid all suffering in our lives.

The Gospel, then, tells the story about the seed that is sown in various types of soil. This again illustrates that God's word is effective but is only as effective as we allow it to be in us. God is greater and stronger than all of our resistance, but we can resist forever if need be. Being able to resist God is the proof of our human freedom. Can a human be strong enough to resist God for all eternity? Our traditional teaching tells us that we humans, after death, will no longer be able to change our basic choice from evil to good or from good to evil.

All of this is to teach us today to be rich soil, not the pathway, not the rocky ground nor the soil with thorns. The positive spiritual teaching of today's readings is that we must allow God to plant the rich soil within us. We are not capable on our own but we know with certitude that God wants the best for us and so God wants us to be rich soil.

Let us be hearers of the word. Let us listen attentively to Christ our Lord and to the Scriptures in which He reveals Himself, the Father and the Holy Spirit. Out of stillness and listening comes a silence which speaks for itself. Let us live this silence of God by our love for Him and for one another.

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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