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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 13, 2011

This Sunday we are given three readings that don't fit together so very well. Nevertheless, they are the readings given to us for this Sunday and we shall look at each one separately and then see if we can relate them to one another.

The first reading, from the Book of Wisdom, speaks about the worthy wife and her value in the family and to her husband. There is no doubt in the author's mind that a truly worthy wife is a gift beyond anything that a man can imagine. We have to look at the culture that produced this reading to understand that a man who had a wife who was a companion was considered incredibly blessed. The description of this ideal wife is that she is industrious on her own and brings wealth and well-being to the family. In addition to material wealth, this ideal wife also takes care of the poor and the needy in the area. She is a gift not only financially but, perhaps more importantly, spiritually.

The second reading today comes from the First Letter to the Thessalonians. Today's portion of this letter is speaking about the final times, the end times, which everyone presumes will be coming soon. In order to prepare for such times, the follower of Jesus must always be alert and sober. These times can come at any time so we should always be ready for them.

The Gospel, from Matthew, is the Parable of the Talents. The Master gives three different servants three different amounts of money to test them and see if they can use them well. These might be materials talents, natural human talents, or they might be spiritual talents and spiritual gifts. Two of the servants use what is given them very well but the third servant simply tries not to lose what he has been given. Jesus' teaching seems clear: whatever gifts we have, material or spiritual, must be used for the Kingdom of God. If we do not give ourselves to the Kingdom of God, we have not heard the message of our Lord.

The one aspects that might tie all three readings together today is this: we must all stay sober and alert in order to live a life that truly gives glory to God and serves our neighbor. This is particularly true as we come to the end times. In some sense, we are always in the end times and so must always be prepared for the end. We are all called upon to live in such a way that we bring credit, joy and delight to the communities to which we belong. We are all given talents, whether material or spiritual, and we must use them for the Kingdom.

May our Lord help us shine in the darkness, giving witness to the Light of Christ and living a life of light.

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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