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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)
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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, September 25, 2011

We continue the same teaching as we had last week: God is not like us and God sees the heart. God judges according to reality, not to appearance.

The Prophet Ezekiel gives us the first reading, stating the God's ways are all right but that ours are not. Our ways are unfair because we do not want people who do bad things to change and be converted. Ezekiel does not tell us much beyond that in this reading, but it is enough for us to recognize that often we want those who do bad things to us to continue in their ways so that they will be really punished. When people change and convert, it makes us uneasy, knowing that they could change yet again. Instead of rejoicing that they have changed, we often find ourselves doubting that they have truly changed.

The Letter to the Philippians picks this same sort of theme up when it gives us Jesus as our model, one who is always happy to see a change for the better in others, one who delights when a sinner turns away from evil to do good. This can only happen when we humbly regard others as more important than ourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others.

Today's section of Matthew's Gospel gives us this really well - known story about the one brother who says yes, but does nothing; and the other who says no and yet does what he is asked. All of us know people like that. The challenge however, is to recognize that kind of behavior in ourselves. We need to become men and women whose word is as good as a contract.

Do I think that God is unjust? Am I unjust? Do I think that God does not suffer in some way in Christ Jesus? Am I willing to suffer with Christ Jesus? Do I really accept the Gospel and try to live it out in my daily actions? Do I run away from what is difficult?

These any many other questions like them lead us to a sort of examination of conscience. We are not doing thing to think bad thoughts about ourselves, but rather to see the way of God, to be able to live the way of God with joy and to run in the way of His commandments with delight.

In other words, an examination of conscience is not to tell myself how bad I am but to find how great is God's pardon. I am bad, not entirely good, and there is no way to change that except to ask God to change me.

This Sunday, let us do the Lord's will! Let us rejoice if even when we say no, we are able to do what is right and good. Thanks be to God in Christ Jesus!

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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