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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, August 5, 2012

Jesus Christ is the bread of life for us. Very often, we are like the people who left Egypt with Moses and complained about the food that God gave to them. God the Father sent Manna and Quail for those who were with Moses. Of course, such a diet would be awful after a long time. We all like variety and spice in our lives.

So many people today see the teachings of Jesus our Lord as confining, narrow and uninteresting. Yet we are on that same journey as our ancestors: through the desert to the Promised Land. The teachings of Jesus and His word are the Manna and Quail for us. If we are fed by them, we will survive. Everything else that is offered as food to us on this journey is not food, but will eventually kill us.

The most important word we can hear in the readings today is this: This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.

Once we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that Jesus is God and that Jesus shows us the way to life, then everything in our lives begins to change. We recognize that only Jesus and His teachings are the way to live. Instead of being confining, narrow and uninteresting, our lives begin to reflect the divine. What looks narrow opens up to eternal life. What looks confining instead becomes growth. What seemed uninteresting become fascinating with the glory of God.

The Letter to the Ephesians tells us that we must no longer live in the futility of our minds. It is futile to find human wisdom to support what we want in our lives. Human wisdom leads to death. Divine Wisdom, on the contrary, draws us deeper and deeper into true life.

Modern secular culture wants us to believe that what is important is money, power, free sexual relationships without commitment and having whatever we want in every area of life. Jesus teaches us poverty, sharing what we do have with others, a committed relationship between a man and a woman or chaste celibacy, service to others and a commitment to follow the teachings of the Lord Jesus in all we do.

Today, again, we must choose: life in Christ or death by the values of our modern world. We must choose: follow the Lord Jesus or follow modern secular culture. The choice is yours. The choice is mine. Jesus tells us: whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Exodus 16.2-4, 12-15, 31a++
Second Reading: Ephesians 4.17, 20-24
Gospel: John 6.24-35

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


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