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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)
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 24, 2011

What gift would you ask of God today? The first reading from the First Book of Kings gives us the account of Solomon asking God for an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong. What a wonderful gift this could be in our own time, if only political leaders and even all of us would pray for it. We have real problems today in distinguishing right from wrong and we certainly need understanding hearts.

We Christians, we who follow the Lord Jesus Christ, are invited over and over never to judge others and yet to know clearly what is right and what is wrong. If we look at the reality around us, however, almost always when there is a declaration that something is right or something is wrong, there is also judgment of others who do not agree with the Christian assessment of right and wrong.

Even if we end up being persecuted for our Christian beliefs, we are not to judge others. Instead, we must believe that they are acting in good faith. This leads us Christians, then, to realize that the only way of evangelization is through converting hearts and minds with the love of Christ.

Can we really believe the second reading, where the Letter to the Romans tells us that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose? Does that make any sense to us? The challenge is to believe this even when we do not see it. God's time frame is very different from ours. Sometimes it seems to us that our lives are all messed up and yet God can and does bring divine meaning forth from that - if we can only let go and trust Him.

So what is the Kingdom of Heaven like? It is the same as we heard from the first two readings: a Kingdom in which God is always present, always working good, always bring good forth from evil, always pardoning and always loving us. How do we come to see that? Only with faith.

Jesus gives us so many images of the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God. When we finally get even the smallest glimpse of God's love for us, we will be ready to sell everything and follow Him because this Kingdom is beyond all the joys and pleasures of this world. It may take us a while to pull ourselves free from the joys and pleasures of this world, but once we have seen a small glimpse of the Kingdom, we seem almost unable to turn away from striving to live in the Kingdom.

We can pray this week that we might have just that smallest glimpse of the reality of God's Kingdom, the reality of God's infinite love for each of us personally.

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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