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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)
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, July 7, 2013

These are strong readings today and not all that clear. The reading from the Prophet Isaiah speaks about rejoicing in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a symbol of the heavenly kingdom and a way of thinking about being God's people. So also in the Gospel today, from Saint Luke, we are given the image of a city that will not receive the message of redemption. This is a contrast to Jerusalem.

Preaching God to others is always a difficult task. When others do not want to hear about God, do not believe in God and do not want to be bothered with God, the task is almost impossible. Even in this Gospel there is an acknowledgement that at times the best thing is just to move on.

How do we move on? Do we condemn those who will not listen to us? If we move on, how is the Kingdom of the Lord going to be present?

The Letter to the Galatians tells us to boast in nothing except the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have surely heard that advice before in our lives. It is dreadful advice because it means to accept all of the sufferings that come into our lives and to unite them with the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of spending our time trying to avoid any suffering or pain in our lives, we are invited to recognize that pain and suffering are the regular experiences of all who want to follow Jesus.

Will we ever rejoice in Jerusalem? Yes. There are moments in which we can see and experience the incredible presence of God in our lives and give thanks for His goodness. Those moments are the rare experiences that may come to us in the midst of pain and suffering. We cannot begin to look for such experiences of consolation because we will be disappointed.

Once we begin to put our hands to the plow, we cannot look back. Once we begin to accept the pain and suffering normal in life, we begin to find the joys and delights as well. If we spend our time seeking to avoid the pain and suffering, we will never know the fullness of joy and delight in the Lord.

Do we have to look for pain and suffering. No. They will come whether we look for them or not! Do we have to be pious about it all? No, we have only to consecrate ourselves to the Lord and promise Him all.

My sisters and brothers, the end days are always upon us. We must decide today to live for Jesus Christ and to strive to do His will. May the peace of Jerusalem be ours this day.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 66.10-14
Second Reading: Galatians 6.14-18
Gospel: Luke 10.1-12, 17-20

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


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