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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, July 28, 2013

Patient perseverance in prayer is the teaching this week. We don't have to think of ourselves as being calmly patient. We can be somewhat impatient with God as we persevere in prayer, just as was Abraham in the first reading today. The Gospel even tells us to bother the Lord with our prayers: keep on insisting.

In the first reading, Abraham bargains with the Lord. We can also think of Moses who was willing to forego eternal life rather than let God destroy His own people. These are people who really believe that God listens to them. So a great question for us today is this: Do I believe that God hears my prayer?

Far too often we give up in our prayers when God does not do what we want God to do. The Gospel today is very clear: just keep on praying! If what we are praying for is not evil, surely God will finally listen to us in a way that will make us aware that He does hear us and answer us.

There are two things to note about the Gospel today. First, if we wish to be forgiven, we must forgive others. This is the basic element of the Gospel and is taught to us as a basic element of any life which wishes to live in Christ. Forgive and you will be forgiven.

The second aspect is persistence. We must persist in asking. Think of Moses when Aaron and Hur had to hold up his hands in prayer. As long as Moses continued praying, the Israelites won their battle. When he could no longer hold up his hands, the Israelites began to lose. So Aaron and Hur held the hands of Moses up in prayer. We can hear the teaching: sometimes we must pray together for really important things.

Christ died for us. It is His prayer that we be saved and that we live in Him. The letter to the Colossians makes it clear: Our transgressions were nailed to the Cross with him and no longer bind us.

Let us rejoice today and learn to persist in our prayer. Let us learn to pray with others so that our prayer is stronger. Thanks be to God.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Genesis 18.20-32
Second Reading: Colossians 2.12-14
Gospel: Luke 11.1-13

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


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