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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
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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, October 2, 2011

These are very strong readings today. All of us can feel the pressure that is put on each one of us to be faithful to God and to God's commandments. As we have lived our faith, surely we come to know that God our Father constantly is trying to lure us to a new and a better way of living. God our Father is inviting us to share His own life and to love all others because we know that we are loved by Him, God the Father.

Isaiah is pretty blunt in today's first reading, insisting that the chosen people have not responded to God's love and Covenant. This should invite each of us to look into our souls and ask how strongly we live this covenant that is ours in Christ Jesus our Lord. So many of us will have to admit that we are attracted by Kingdom Living but that we often shy away from any of its difficulties. The more we shy away, the more we shall face the judgment at the end of our lives.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Philippians, can show us a bit of how we must life in order to be faithful to the Kingdom: Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen. Paul refers to himself whereas we can recognize in this same image the need to live in the Church. Just as it was easy for early believers to reject Paul because he was not perfect, so also we can reject the Church because humanly she is not perfect. Such rejections, however, end up being a rejection of ourselves because also are not perfect.

Today's portion of Matthew's Gospel brings us back to the fact that God the Father loves us so much that He is will to send us His own Son—whom we have crucified. God loves us passionately and accepts us just as we are. Conversion is not about our struggles to change ourselves—no matter how important they may be. Rather it is about surrendering to God and accept His love and forgiveness in our lives.

Far too often we Christians have ended up trying to make ourselves good—and then running away when we realize what a hopeless task that is! Instead, the good news is that Jesus constantly tells us about the Father's love for us, the Father's forgiveness of our sins and the invitation of the Father for us to share His life.

In our Christian Scriptures, it is clear that those who really accepted Jesus as their Lord were the people who had no hope in their lives. With some exceptions, it was not the wealthy or the powerful who became fervent followers of Jesus, but those who had nothing to recommend them to others.

Let us recognize our own poverty today and come to trust only in the Lord our God.

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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