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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, September 18, 2011

For to me life is Christ, and death is gain. -- This week's readings are about how different God's way are from our ways. Far too often we think of God as a sort of super human, Someone who is greater than we are but still comprehensible. It seems that God does stoop down to us and does let us know Him in some vague and unclear way and we mistake that knowledge for a clear reality.

There are stories and accounts in the Jewish Scriptures and in our Christian Scriptures that have always pointed out that we cannot comprehend God nor understand God. We get just glimpses of God and the reality is beyond anything that we can imagine. God does not want to scare us - at least that is the message that comes to us - and so communicates to us in ways that are more or less normal and human.

All of this can lead us to be mistaken about God and to think of God as one of us, but just better. The first reading today, from the Prophet Isaiah, sets before us this difference. It is an infinite difference and because we are finite we tend to see even infinity in finite terms.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Philippians, states simply that if we live in this life, it is for Christ, but that dying is gain - because in dying we come to the living and infinite God.

Today's Gospel from Matthew is trying to help us understand God's infinite mercy, pardon and forgiveness. We are uneasy with a God who gives the same reward to everyone, no matter how much they have done or not done. We tend to think of this as unjust. If we stop for a moment and realize that we are most likely among the very last to come to the Lord, we can give thanks that He still gives us that same wage. It is only when we begin to think that we have labored all our lives that we might have any feeling of jealousy about those who come late.

Today we get just the smallest glimpse of God's mercy and forgiveness. God's compassion and love for His human creation. What joy and delight this small glimpse of God's love can give to us. Truly the Scriptures tell us over and over that we humans really deserve only to be ignored by God and left to perish in our sinfulness. Yet God in His goodness takes pity on us, takes on our human reality and comes to save us from our sins.

The story of Scripture, the teaching of Scripture, is that God is constantly seeking us and inviting us to turn away from our sinfulness and to receive His Divine Life. May this Sunday celebration help us to do that in some small way.

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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