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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, September 30, 2012

Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets! Would that the Lord might bestow his spirit on them all! - this quote from the first reading today is such a wonderful statement of Moses. It speak directly to the understanding that Jesus has in the New Testament. The Book of Numbers can sometimes seem irrelevant for today and then we find such a wonderful statement as this!

Even today we can find ourselves a bit nervous when someone unexpectedly speaks with a clear spirit of love and forgiveness and acceptance. We need to listen profoundly, to open our heart and our minds, to listen with God's own love. Such openness and listening in no way rejects the teachings of our Church nor does it endanger in any way the authority of our Church.

Rather. Listening with the Lord increases the credibility of the Church. In our own time we have had incredibly holy Popes in Rome who have made the Church believable once again by their love and openness. We need to do that in our local Churches so that we too participate in this testimony of God's love for all peoples.

The Letter of James today expresses the complete opposite experience: what happens when we are concerned only about ourselves, our power, our possessions and our authority. Our Lord Jesus Christ cannot be recognized in such lack of love for others.

Perhaps today we can view ourselves as we look to others. Do we look uneasy when people speak about God? Are we ourselves willing to speak about God and His actions in our lives? Are we able to be self-critical and see our own mistakes and failures? Are we able to rejoice when we see others doing the work of God with joy - even when those people may not be part of our Church?

God wants to pour out His Spirit on all of us. Are we open to being transformed by His Spirit? Are we will to become fools for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

This Sunday, we are invited to open our lives completely to the Lord. It does not matter what our past is: whether we have been pious or liked piety. It does not matter if we have tried to do good or have been less than good. Always the Lord continues to invite us. As long as we are alive, we can respond to His call. May His Spirit be poured upon us.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Numbers 11.25-29
Second Reading: James 5.1-6
Gospel: Mark 9.38-43, 45, 47-48

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


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