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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)
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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, November 6, 2011

This Sunday the Lord invites us to reflect on wisdom. Wisdom is not just an intellectual knowledge or understanding of something. Wisdom is a knowledge that helps us live well; it is a practical knowledge of what to do in situations so that life comes out right and well.

The Book of Wisdom tells us that we must love and seek wisdom if we are ever going to live in wisdom. It seems that we must sort of step back in our lives from time to time and reflect on how we and others actually live. Only as we reflect can we come to understand clearly that some ways of living bring peace and happiness and a deep awareness of God. Other ways of living bring perhaps a fleeting happiness, but not the happiness of wisdom. Such a way of living might bring peace for a moment, but will not be able to sustain peace.

One of the aspects of wisdom is that we should learn from our mistakes. If the same person is making the same mistake over and over and over, something really is not right. Wisdom does not imply that we will never make mistakes but it does insist that we learn from our mistakes as well as from the things that turn out right.

The First Letter to the Thessalonians tells us about the end times that are coming. There is so much written on the rapture at the end of time, so much written about what will happen when the world ends - we should not be surprised. This topic is fascinating for lots of people. For us who follow the Lord Jesus, however, we should simply follow the example of Saint Paul and that of our Lord Himself: we don't know the day or the hour and we do not know how it will all happen. We should not get caught up in trying to find the day and the hour, but should live now in Christ with total confidence that we will be with Him forever. This being with the Lord forever is the consolation and the incredible gift of life eternal.

Saint Matthew's Gospel today has the story of the wise and the foolish. The wise come prepared and the foolish don't think ahead. We are invited to reflect on this story and gain wisdom from it. At least part of the wisdom to be gained is that we can die at any moment and we should be ready to meet the Lord right now if this is when He calls us. Probably it is not going to happen right now, but it could. This Gospel is not trying to scare us, but simply reminding us that this life is not all that there is. There is another life and it is for that life that we live this life. God wants us freely to choose Him and that is why He has created us. We can choose against Him. Or we can just choose to ignore Him, which is probably more common today. Our spiritual lesson of today is this: choose now! Do you believe? Then choose to live like a believer! Do you accept Christ as the Redeemer? If you do, follow His word.

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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