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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, July 15, 2012

This Sunday the Lord tells us that if we choose to follow His word, we will suffer and be rejected. This should not surprise us because Jesus Himself, in faithfulness to the Father, suffered for doing the Father's will. Jesus is clear when He tells His own followers: you will be rejected by others. Be prepared and just keep on going.

The Prophet Amos tells us part of his story in the first reading today. It is basically the same story for any prophet or for anyone who wants seriously to follow the Lord. God will ask us to do things that we would rather not do. God will ask us to speak for Him. God will ask us to testify to others.

All is not entirely dismal in following the Lord. Jesus recognizes that some people will accept the Word of God. We need not be discouraged. Truly it is God's work and we are only his instruments. We must be prepared to suffer but we are also encouraged because God will do what He wants with our efforts.

The Letter to the Ephesians, the second reading today, repeats all of this. God has chosen us in Christ Jesus. In the selection for today there is no focus on suffering, only on being chosen by God and called to share in Christ Jesus.

For us, personally, it is a question of recognizing that we are called. We are called by God Himself, not just by our own decisions. We are called to walk with the Lord and to seek His will. We are called to understand something of the divine mystery of salvation and to share that with others. Yes, of course, we will suffer a bit in the process. That suffering is nothing compared to the joy that will be ours.

Let us pray today for this recognition of our calling. Let us pray for one another. May our Father open our hearts and our minds so that we can freely choose to follow His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Amos 7.12-15
Second Reading: Ephesians 1.3-14
Gospel: Mark 6.7-13

Homily from Abbot Philip, OSB, of the Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert.


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