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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, August 12, 2012

Jesus brings us life and strength every day, even when we pay no attention to Him. Today He invites us to know Him more and to know His presence as our sustenance. We are always walking through a desert and always need food and drink.

The First Book of Kings today speaks to us about Elijah, one of God's chosen prophets. Real prophets are often told to do the impossible and then God helps them do what seemed impossible. We modern Christians are supposed to be prophets in our world today, proclaiming the word of God by our way of living and loving others.

For Elijah, God sends the food that is necessary. One small meal was enough for Elijah to walk forty days and forty nights to meet the Lord. Two things strike us immediately: how could that possibly be enough food? Why forty days and forty nights?

Food from heaven is always more sustaining that regular food. When God gives us food, it sustains us beyond what we can imagine. Forty is almost always a symbol of the limit of endurance. Jesus fasts for forty days and forty nights when he goes into the wilderness. The chosen people wander for forty years in the desert. Moses speaks to God for forty days and forty nights on the mountain. When the floods come in the time of Noah, it rains for forty days and forty nights.

God will always take care of us, to the very limit of our endurance. God always sustains us. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. All the Lord asks of us is that we be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. It always sound so simple. Why is it so difficult to live this way?

Only if we choose to be fed with the food from heaven will we have the strength we need to live for God and to love one another. Let us open our hearts today to understand this God who loves us and sends us His Son as food. Let us eat the bread of heaven and drink to blood of the Son of God so that we can live.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: 1 Kings 19.4-8
Second Reading: Ephesians 4.30 5.2
Gospel: John 6.41-51

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


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