St. Norbert's Roman Catholic Church - Info Sheet Print Close

All are Welcome
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
Quick Info Sheet Follow Us on Facebook Visit us on Twitter St. Norbert's on YouTube Online Offering

for Sunday, September 9, 2012

What a wonderful God we have! What a wonderful Lord God we have in Jesus Christ! Jesus wants us to live. Jesus wants us to live fully in this life with the freedom of children of the Kingdom.

Isaiah tells us in the first reading not to be fearful. So often fear can hold us back and keep us from kingdom living. We get worried about what others might think. We get stopped by our own fears. We wonder if we will have the strength to continue on the road of the Gospel when it costs us a lot.

The Letter of James today tells us to love everyone and not to make distinctions. That is easy to say, but most of us just naturally gravitate to the clean, the beautiful, the normal and the well to do. Saint Benedict in his Rule for Monks acknowledges this sort of natural impulse and then tells his monks to treat everyone the way they would treat the wealthy and the powerful.

Every community of people has oddballs and fringe people. We are invited to love them all and to heal them by our love for them. Just as Jesus allowed the deaf mean to speak in the Gospel today, so also we must help the fringe people have a voice in our communities, in our parishes and in our religious communities. There are so many ways in which we can invite those without a voice to have a voice.

So also we can help the deaf to hear. That is more difficult because we ourselves are often the deaf. We do not listen to others and so we are deaf. How can we listen to the marginalized, the fringe people, the oddballs, unless we associate with them and spend time with them. Our Lord Jesus lived that way. He was known to associate with sinners and prostitutes.

My sisters and brothers, we are invited to change our lives. We are invited to leave the comfort zones in which we live. We are invited to associate with the poor and the needy. This invitation comes to us from the Lord Jesus Christ and He promises us that if we live this way, the Kingdom is ours.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 35.4-7
Second Reading: James 2.1-5
Gospel: Mark 7.31-37

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


Reflections are available for the following Sundays:


St. Norbert's Church - Toronto