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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, May 12, 2013

Jesus is taken up. For us it could mean that Jesus is taken away. Even though Jesus promises to be with us always, we can feel His absence from time to time. It is not easy to imagine how his early followers felt. They had known Him as a flesh and blood human being. They had known Him as someone dead and most had lost hope. Then they knew Him as alive and risen from the dead. Then He goes away once more but tells them that He is with them always.

Our faith is based on the faith of the apostles and on that of the early believers. They knew each one of these realities and at the end believed in Him completely. Others thought that they were crazy but some came to believe because of their testimony.

The author of the Acts of the Apostles today tells us: I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

This is one of the primary witnesses to the Resurrection of Jesus. You and I must examine such testimony and decide if we believe it or not. Lots of us believe, but not very profoundly. The invitation is to let the reality of faith transform us entirely. It is not magic. You and I must come to know the Lord Jesus through what has been written about Him and through what is handed down in the Church about him.

In the depth of our hearts we long to see the Lord. We long to meet Him personally and to let His love transform us. Sometimes fear holds us back. Sometimes a healthy skepticism is part of our lives. Yet over and over we are invited: cast your cares on the Lord and He will support you. Trust in the Lord and do good.

The Letter to the Ephesians today tells us that God the Father has placed all of creation in the hands of the Lord Jesus. This repeats what we must come to know from the depths of our being: Jesus is Lord, Jesus is God.

The Gospel of Luke today recounts the Ascension of Jesus. The disciples are filled with joy and delight, even as they miss the Lord. They have trusted in His word and know that He must return to the Father so that the Holy Spirit will come and guide us in all things.

Let us ask today for this gift of the Holy Spirit to be present in our lives in such a way that we are completely transformed in the mystery of faith and walk each day in the path of the Lord. Christ is risen! Christ is ascended! Come, Holy Spirit.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Acts 1.1-11
Second Reading: Ephesians 1.17-23
Gospel: Luke 24.46-53

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


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