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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

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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)
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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
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for Sunday, August 28, 2011

Today's first reading from the Prophet Jeremiah is very strong. Perhaps we can identify with his feelings and emotions about our relationship with God. This presumes, of course, that we already experience God presence in all that we do and say and feel and are. It also presumes that we basically try to do God's will in every aspect of our lives. Jeremiah is so upset that he even tells us that he will not mention HIM anymore.

Jeremiah is struggling with God, trying to push God out of his life because God wants too much. God does not allow this, but remains in Jeremiah - could we say: giving him heartburn and aching bones? Whatever it is, Jeremiah knows that it is God forcing him to live by His word. Again, we may have experience this at times: knowing what is true and right and what we must do, but resisting it with all the strength that we can muster.

Contrast this to the second reading, from the Letter to the Romans: Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect. This letter sounds so serene as if we could simply choose to obey God and do all that God asks. We know, however, that elsewhere Saint Paul tells us that what he wants to do, he cannot do; and that what he does not want to do is what he ends up doing.

Both of these readings prepare us for today's Gospel from Saint Matthew. Jesus rebukes Simon Peter for tempting Him to avoid what must happen: Jesus is present to us knowing that He must suffer greatly, be killed and be raised from the dead. Even the thought of the resurrection is not enough to take away Jesus' own repugnance to the suffering and death that He must undergo.

Ultimately, both Jeremiah and Jesus accept God's will and embrace whatever God the Father asks of them.

For ourselves, we must identify in our own lives those areas which we either do not want to give to God at all or which we are only able to give a part of. Only as we begin to walk in the Light do we begin to see the darkness in ourselves. Only when we see the darkness can we long for Light. Only when we see our own darkness can we begin the struggle to give ourselves completely to God.

May God the Father, who always loves, lead us into the struggle and give us strength!

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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