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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 29, 2012

Do you really believe that God will take care of you? The first reading and the Gospel today insist that God watches over us and always gives us enough. The stories are about giving food to eat, but if God is going to give us food to eat, He will surely give us all that we really need. Food can be a symbol of all that we need to live.

There are saints in our Catholic tradition who have trusted so much in Divine Providence that they have never even thought about money or about their own needs. Most of us are not quite that trusting. Today's readings invite us to grow in this kind of trust.

Elisha the Prophet was the great follower of Elijah. They are really strong spiritual figures in the literature of our Jewish ancestors. Because they were totally committed to the Lord, the Lord was totally committed to them. That doesn't mean at all that they had an easy life. On the contrary, the more we trust in the Lord, the more He seems to test us.

The Gospel of John today states so clearly that Jesus was testing Philip. At any point, Philip could have failed the test and told Jesus to leave him alone. Instead, he does what Jesus asks of him. That is so important in the spiritual life: do what the Lord asks of you. Today, far too often, we believe that our own insights are better than the word of God. Instead, the word of God brings life, holiness, joy and peace. Our own insights might bring pleasure and momentary happiness, but it never lasts.

The Letter to the Ephesians sums up what it means to live as a follower of Jesus: we must have humility, gentleness, patience, bear with one another through love, strive to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace. That is really an incredible way to live. It sounds wonderful but it will take a complete commitment on our part to live that way.

Jesus will take care of us. He will feed us, spiritually and physically. He will show us how we can live those qualities of the Letter to the Ephesians. Jesus will not make our lives easy, but He will show us the wonders of His love.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: 2 Kings 4.42-44
Second Reading: Ephesians 4.1-6
Gospel: John 6.1-15

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


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