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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, October 16, 2011

Who is chosen by the Lord? Perhaps too often we think that only those who are faithful to their religious obligations are chosen by the Lord. The Scriptures keep telling us over and over that this is not so. God chooses anyone and everyone. God will the salvation of every person who has ever lived. God makes us of those who are His chosen people but also those who belong to the pagans and the gentiles. It is important for us to realize this so that we don't think that just because we are Christians, we have a special right to God's divine life.

In today's first reading, from the Prophet Isaiah, we see God using Cyrus and calling Cyrus his anointed one. Yet Cyrus was not one of the chosen people. We also know that in the genealogy of Christ, there are present some women who did not come from the chosen people. God works where God wants to work and uses whatever person He chooses.

Today's Gospel from Saint Matthew teaches the same kind of reality. The Pharisees are trying to trip Jesus up with their way of thinking, so that they can show others that Jesus is not anyone special. Jesus outwits them, as usual. God's presence and love do not depend on keeping all the rules that the Pharisees had found in order to protect the Law. We should not ridicule all of these Laws because they really did help keep a strong practice of faith. The problem is when the small laws become more important that the enormous values they are supposed to be protecting.

We Christians should listen to the words of the First Letter to the Thessalonians today, wherein we are told: For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction. Living the Gospel is not just knowing the words, but living in its power by our daily actions, living in the power of the Holy Spirit, both with actions and with conviction.

Christianity is not a philosophy so much as a way of living daily life. We want to be followers of Jesus Christ, living as He lived and striving to love all others as He did. May our listening to the Word of God today move us from attentiveness to strong living actions of faith.

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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