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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

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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)
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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 18, 2013

The readings today are very strong: speak the truth of God and accept whatever suffering comes! Speak the truth of God and know that you will not always bring peace and joy. Speak the truth of God because God wants us to live in truth and seek Him.

The first reading today is from the Book of Jeremiah the Prophet. His own experiences show us what happens when a person tries to be true to what God is saying and because of that attempt, preaches truths that are unpopular. The Christian message today is unpopular. Nice feelings about one another are popular. The hard work of committing oneself to another person in marriage or committing oneself to a community through vows is not popular.

Jeremiah spoke the truth and no one wanted to protect him. If we Christians speak the truth, the civil authorities no longer want to protect us. The movement today in civil society is against the Gospel and against any organized religious expression.

The second reading today is from the Letter to the Hebrews and puts the experience of Jesus before us so that we can know how to live as followers of Jesus: For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God. Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart.

This reading from the Letter to the Hebrews challenges us to be ready to endure the cross every day and not be ashamed of suffering. We are invited to see Jesus and then not grow weary and lose heart as we try to live the Gospel in our lives.

The Gospel today is from Saint Luke. It also tells us that the Word of God brings division and not peace. If our following of Jesus separates us from others, that is simply the price that we must pay for trying to be faithful. If our love for others invites ridicule, that is simply the price that we must pay.

Over and over again we realize that this life is only a preparation for the life to come. If we begin to make this life the center of our attention, we will forget that there are eternal values that form us. Once we realize that this life is a life that passes and never returns, we can begin to form our lives according to the Gospel: seeking the things that are above and being formed in values that will last forever.

My sisters and brothers, let us face life bravely and with joy. There are ways to live that deepen our humanity and our love for one another. There are also ways to live that lead to an eternal death. Let us choose wisely and give thanks to the Lord.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Jeremiah 38.4-6, 8-10
Second Reading: Hebrews 12.1-4
Gospel: Luke 12.49-53

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


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