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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, August 7, 2011

How do we recognize the presence of God in our lives? How did the prophet Elijah recognize the presence of God in the tiny, whispering sound? How did the disciples recognize Jesus walking on the sea?

In the first reading, from the First Book of Kings, Elijah is actually looking for God, seeking to know the presence of God. God Himself is already speaking with Elijah and telling Elijah that He, the Lord, will pass by. Elijah seems to know enough about God that he, Elijah, does not expect him in the strong and heavy wind, not in the earth quake and not in the fire. But when the tiny, whispering sound is heard, Elijah becomes attentive.

What does this tell us today? So many people seem to see God in all the natural catastrophes that fall on our world. Elijah would tell us not to look for God there. Instead we must look for God in the smallest and the least of things. There, if we pay attention, we can encounter the God of all creation.

The Gospel today, from Saint Matthew's Gospel, continues directly on the Gospel we heard last Sunday about the multiplication of food. In today's Gospel, Jesus stays behind after His disciples leave, in order to pray. Then he walks on the water to catch up with them. The disciples are in their boat, it is stormy weather, and they are already a bit unnerved and uneasy. Then they see someone walking on the water and get really frightened, thinking that some kind of ghost is coming after them. Even when Jesus tells them that it is he, they are not totally convinced. So Peter puts Jesus to the test, as seems to be his way in the Gospels.

Take courage. It is I. Do not be afraid.-these words of Jesus should remain with us always. No matter where we are, not matter what we have done, no matter it we have sinned grievously, no matter if we have abandoned God entirely—still Jesus remains with us. Even when we are unfaithful, He remains faithful. We should always know that these words of His are eternally true: Take courage. It is I. Do not be afraid.

Today's readings can give us an incredible and total trust in God's presence in our lives. He does not want to scare us, he will always be present in the smallest of ways. He will always be with us and does not want us to be afraid. Let us live our lives with a response of complete trust in Him and with striving to respond to His love for us!

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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