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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, August 14, 2011

Do you accept that the grace of God in Jesus Christ is always at work and in everyone? The teaching today is very clear for all of us: God does not give us salvation because we do certain things or because we belong to a certain religion. God saves us because He loves us in Christ Jesus and extends His love to all peoples. Anyone who seriously looks for God or for the divine is already in the Kingdom.

Does that mean that whatever religion we believe makes no difference. Not at all! Instead it makes it even more important that we seek out and follow the true religion. Today everyone is uneasy to call other religions false religions. What was meant by false religion in the past is not what we mean today. We still must always hold that God can work where He wills.

Today we would probably rephrase the statement of false religion and say more directly: There can be "traces of God" in every religion and in every serious seeking for the truth about God. We Catholics would say that our faith, our religion, has a fullness of truth that no other religion has. That does not mean that priests, bishops, cardinals, people in general or even the Pope never ever make mistakes or act against the teachings and traditions of the Church.

Recent history keeps us humble and aware that darkness and sin come even to the Church—and in many ways, not just in sexual abuse. The more humble we are, the more we are able to see God's actions at work in our world: everywhere.

The first reading, from the Prophet Isaiah, reminds us that those of us who are Catholic are not always faithful to the teachings of the Church, just as some who were practicing Jews were also not faithful to the teachings given to Moses. We are also reminded that those who are not children of Abraham can also be faithful to God's love in their own ways and thus be better than those who have been given the gift of faith.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Romans, remind us that God's gifts and faithfulness are irrevocable, even when we seem bent on rejecting them. God always continues to invite us to the kingdom. God shows mercy because of our disobedience. That sounds strange to our ears, but it is the way that God is: no matter how often we sin, he invites us anew to the kingdom.

Today portion of the Gospel of Saint Matthew shows us what we need to do: keep on asking the Lord for what we need, even when perhaps we really don't believe Him or at some levels perhaps don't even want Him in our lives.

Keep asking. That is such a strong lesson for us today. And it is only important because God always listens and eventually can free us from our prisons of darkness, sin and error. Let us give praise to this Lord who loves us so much!

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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