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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, August 4, 2013

Vanity! All is vanity! This means that life is without meaning. And so it is unless we turn to God and follow the way of the Lord. Many of us have found the emptiness of life within ourselves at various times. Life can seem impossible and we seem unable to move forward. All is vanity. This comes from the Book of Ecclesiastes but is part of the human understanding of life for many centuries.

The Gospel of Luke today points us in another direction: seek treasures that last forever. This seems sound advice. It is only possible if we believe that there is a forever. Thus we come face to face with our own faith. Do I believe? Do I believe in God? Do I believe in everlasting life? Even Christians at times have their doubts about these most profound realities. We should never be surprised by those who reject belief. Yet we ourselves can give thanks that we do believe.

Our belief tells us that God loves us. God sends His Own Son for our redemption. The Holy Spirit comes to draw us into these divine mysteries. While this is all true and always true, it does not mean that we always feel so confident!

We become more confident as we try to live the advice of the Letter to the Colossians: Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Faith is a gift and then it is a choice. The first element of faith is a gift of God. That gift is always given to us. We must then choose to live in faith. That choice is a struggle all of our lives. It is often so much easier not to believe!

On the other hand, we are here because Jesus has touched our lives in some way. It is Jesus who tells us to believe. It is Jesus who tells us to seek the treasure that will last forever. Jesus also tells us the way: love one another! Love your enemies. Turn the other cheek? Give over and over and over to help others.

My sisters and brothers, life is all vanity. Only in Jesus Christ do we meet the treasure that will last forever. Let us walk with the Lord, listening to Him and seeking to follow His words. In this we can rejoice forever. We will be rich in what matters to God. Let us praise Him.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Ecclesiastes 1.2; 2.21-23
Second Reading: Colossians 3.1-5, 9-11
Gospel: Luke 12.13-21

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


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