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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, August 11, 2013

The readings today are part of the wisdom of the Scriptures handed down to us. Allof Scripture is given to us to teach how to live in Jesus Christ and how to be alive in Him. Our faith must become more than words on our lips. Rather our faith must become the way that we live at all times. Even if we fail and sin, it must be our faith that returns us to the path of the Lord.

Faith is a complete trust in our Lord Jesus and in His promises to us. The first reading today, from the Book of Wisdom, talks about the destruction of our enemies. Even our Jewish ancestors came to believe that our enemies are not those who threaten us, but the thoughts, words, actions and omissions that draw us into sin and away from the living God. The reality of these spiritual enemies is express by talking about physical enemies. Wisdom invites us to grow deep enough in the spiritual life to recognize that fighting anyone else other than ourselves is foolishness.

The second reading today, from the Letter to the Hebrews, gives us Abraham and Sarah as examples of those who came to believe in God and in His promises. They believed to the point of foolishness—and yet in the end God fulfilled His promise to them. How easily we give up in our struggle against sin. God promises us victory over sin and when we fail, we often give up. Rather, we are called to walk as Abraham and Sarah walked: with complete trust that God will in the end free us from sin and death.

The Gospel today, from Saint Luke, invites us to gather treasures that last forever. This continues the teaching from last Sunday. We must always be looking at the spiritual reality that surrounds us and envelops us so that we are aware that there is more to life that just what we see in the here and now.

It is so easy to forget that there is a world beyond this world. We forget that our struggle is not just to live in the here and now, but to live forever. Life eternal is our invitation. The deeper we go into the life of faith, the more that is asked of us. Even when we fail and sin, God will continue to invite us and ask to to be faithful once more and to abandon our sins.

My sisters and brothers, God wants us all and He wants all of us. We can continue to resist Him but he always continues to invite us. Let us give in to His love and practice the wisdom of the spiritual life. Let us learn to fight for life eternal by choosing that which is good here and now and doing what is right. All glory and praise to God.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Wisdom 18.6-9
Second Reading: Hebrews 11.1-2, 8-19
Gospel: Luke 12.32-48

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


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