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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 21, 2011

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! - these words from today's second reading can serve as the subject of today's readings. One of the most important aspects of our Christian faith is that it comes out of the Jewish faith and remains related to that faith forever. We cannot understand our faith until we begin to understand the faith of our Jewish ancestors. It is simply impossible.

So often we Christians don't understand our faith. There should be no surprise that we do not understand it fully, but every day we should be spending some time letting our faith deepen, allowing our intellect to understand more of our faith and allowing our emotion and reason to be converted to the Lord.

The first reading, from the Prophet Isaiah, uses terminology that Jesus uses in today's Gospel from Saint Matthew. The first thing to note in both readings is that God is the one who gives authority to those whom He chooses. So often we think of religious authority in the same way as we think of secular, civil authority: might makes right, the most unscrupulous person gets most of the power or those who can pay off others with money and other benefits. That is a pretty dismal view of secular, civil authority, but it does not take too much research to see that in general, it is true.

Religious authority, according to the Gospel, is about forgiveness of sins and about service to others. The fact is, of course, that religious authority is also just as easily corrupted as secular, civil authority.

We Catholics are not, however, people who live only by the Spirit. The Church is an incarnate presence of the Lord Jesus, founded by Him and sustained by His Holy Spirit. Because it is incarnate, even the authority of the keys has at times been corrupted by sin. Still there is a promise of infallibility to the Church and to the person of the Pope. Today's Gospel speaks directly to these powers, using more gentle terms. There can be no doubt, however, that Jesus gives special authority to Peter. We also believe that such power is given to Peter's successors.

Only an authentic faith shows us the truth of these assertions. Only a deep belief in the transmission of authority and office in the Church convinces us that this is so. The early Christians believed this, without a doubt, even though they may have squabbled about how it was lived and expressed.

Today's Scriptures invite us once again to renew our faith in the Lord Jesus, in the establishment of one Church, in the authority of Peter expressed in the Pope and in God's divine presence within the humanity of the Church institution. May our own understanding and acceptance grow.

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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