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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, May 26, 2013

It is Jesus Himself who teaches us the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. The Gospel today, from Saint John, is clear that Jesus understood both Father and Spirit. The development of this doctrine takes time because Jesus was not a teacher of philosophy or of theology. Jesus lived the mystery and spoke in such a way that we are able to come to understand it.

All of the Gospels tell us the same story. Jesus speaks so clearly to the Father and so clearly tells us that the Father and He are one. Jesus claims this relationship so strongly that He is accused of blasphemy because no one can claim such a relationship with God. Only God Himself could speak in such a way.

All of the Gospels also speak of the Spirit and of Jesus sending His Spirit, who is also the Spirit of the Father. For us, it is not a matter of trying to sort out the philosophical and theological relationships. The challenge is to love Jesus and to understand Jesus from His own words.

In order to understand Jesus, we must come to understand the Jewish Scriptures. Jesus is a Jew and speaks from that tradition. In order to understand the Spirit, we must understand how Jesus could have understood spirit. Thus the first reading today comes from the Book of Proverbs and speaks of Wisdom. Jesus Himself comes to be seen as the Wisdom of God. Yet it is clear from the letters of Saint Paul that the gift of wisdom is the gift of the Spirit. Again, we do not need to have a text book, but simply to listen and to allow the statements of the Lord to form us.

The Letter to the Romans again affirms that the Holy Spirit is given to us. Already by the time of this letter, it is clear to the early followers of Jesus that the Spirit is divine and is given to us by Jesus. It is the Spirit of the Father and it is the Spirit of Jesus.

My sisters and brothers, we are invited to live in this mystery. It is a mystery that we contemplate every day as we seek to love the Lord Jesus and to do the will of the Father and to live in the Holy Spirit.

This mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is so much a mystery to contemplate and adore, rather than to reason out. Yet in our contemplation and adoration, we come to know the Most Holy Trinity and to give thanks for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. To the One and Triune God be glory forever.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Proverbs 8.22-31
Second Reading: Romans 5.1-5
Gospel: John 16.12-15

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


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