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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, July 31, 2011

Jesus has compassion. Jesus gives us Himself to eat or Jesus Himself gives us something to eat. It costs nothing for us to have the bread of life, it is given to us freely and that may be why we don't always appreciate it.

The first reading today from the Prophet Isaiah tells us not to waste our money and time looking for food that will not satisfy us. We are people who have a deep inner capacity and only from the depths of that capacity can we be satisfied. It is always amazing how the Scriptures are able to identify the deepest part within us and keep directing us to that depth in our search for meaning, in our search for God.

One of the marvels of our Judeo - Christian faith is that God loves us so much that He reveals Himself to us. This is not a God who hides from us—at least not normally—but a God who wants to reveal Himself to us and who wants us to share in His divine life.

The Letter to the Romans, from which comes our second reading today, tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. How often we think that our smallness, our littleness, our brokenness or any other part of us will cut us off from the Lord. It just is not true. Much better the saying that even if we are faithless, HE remains faithful. He loves us, He pardons and He invites us to share His life. Nothing can stop His love for us even though we can choose not to accept it.

It is in that choosing not to accept the love of God that we find the depths of our human freedom, a paradoxical depths. When we choose against God, using our own freedom, we actually negate our own freedom. Only to choose for God is true freedom, even though we have the capacity to choose against God. Only in God is our capacity to love, to forgive and to reconcile truly alive.

The Gospel brings us back to sharing the very food of God, the food that God gives to us, the food that nurtures us and gives us true life. This account, taken from the Gospel of Matthew, only foreshadows the incredible love that God gives us in His Son Jesus Christ. The message of today is very clear in the Gospel: give yourself away and you will always have more than enough.

Why are we frightened to give ourselves away? Are we really afraid that we will be left with nothing? No, it cannot be. Always when we give ourselves away for the sake of the Gospel, God restores us and even more. Trust in the Lord forever.

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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