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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 25, 2013

This Sunday we hear of the mystery of God's love for all peoples. There is a mystery of God's love for each one of us personally and there is a mystery of His love for all peoples and nations. God's love goes to all. God calls all. God invites all to know His love and to walk in His ways. Blessed be God.

The first reading is from the Prophet Isaiah. God often sends difficult words through prophets. God wants His people to know that nations of every language will come and see His glory. The role of the Chosen People is to draw all peoples to the Lord, not to keep God's love just for themselves. This is the role of the Church today: to draw all peoples to God and to His love.

The Letter to the Hebrews continues this same teaching: Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed. The discipline given to us is to evangelize, to spread the word of God. This discipline will inevitably bring us suffering. We must proclaim God's love and invite all others to know of God's love, even if it brings us ridicule and tiredness. Far too often we would rather life our own way. God challenges us to know His love and to proclaim Him love to others.

Today the Gospel of Luke reminds us that it is not only knowing the Lord that counts. We must try to do His will in our lives. It is not enough to go to Church and to associate with good people. We must work to do the good, all the while that we recognize that salvation is a gift of God.

Truly, whether we are first or last is of no importance, but let us be there with the Lord. Let us not put our attention to being first or last. Let us put our attention on knowing and loving the Lord and trying to do His will in our lives. Let us invite everyone to the banquet of God's love and mercy.

We are all called to be prophets. We have been given the Word of God to proclaim to the nations and we must not rest until we have proclaimed God's Word. We will suffer as we proclaim the word. We may have to put up with ridicule. We may have to spend more time that we want to in speaking of God. We may find our friends thinking that we are overly pious. Whatever suffering comes to us, we can accept it for the sake of the Kingdom of God. We don't have to think about how many will be saved but only about our own faithfulness to all that God is asking of us.

In all of this, we will find mercy and comfort and be able to give glory to the Lord!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 66.18-21
Second Reading: Hebrews 12.5-7, 11-13
Gospel: Luke 13.22-30

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


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