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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
Please contact the office
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for Sunday, October 27, 2013

If we pray and expect that our prayers might be heard, then we must pray humbly, asking the mercy of the Lords and not demanding his attention. We can give our love and prayers to Him, expecting nothing but having total confidence in His love for us and that He will arrange all things for our good.

The first reading today is from the book of Sirach, one of the Wisdom books. This book teaches us about many things: God has no favorites, the prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds and will reach its goal.

We can compare this to the Gospel today, from Saint Luke, which presents us with two people, both praying. The first person tells God all that he has done that is good. The other simply tells God that he is a sinner. The sinner is heard.

There is so much fear today of admitting that we are sinners or about defining ourselves as sinners. We would rather be known as children of God, as those loved by God. Both ways of looking at us are true. On the other hand, although we are children of God and loved by God, we are not faithful to Him and do not respond to His love. He never rejects us. Both descriptions of us are true and yet from our side, truly we are only sinners and merit nothing and that is a truth from which we should not hide.

We can always rejoice that He loves us, that He invites us to share His life, that He constantly reaches out to us no matter how many times we turn away. We need to have that confidence in Him. Yet we should never be ashamed to admit: I am a sinner and unworthy of His love.

What a miracle that He loves us! What infinite compassion He has towards us! What tender mercy He shows to us!

The second Letter to Timothy gives us the perspective of Saint Paul: I have kept in the race, I have persevered, I trust in the Lord. The race is simply to live our life here on earth with this total trust in God, no matter how often we fail or turn aside. We know the truth of this life: God loves us. We know the path of this life: love of God and love of our neighbor, especially our enemy. We know that He will always give us the strength to believe if we only ask Him.

My sisters and brothers, God invites us to see ourselves as we are. The more humbly we live, the more confidence we have in His love and compassion. Let us take the time today to pray as did the Tax Collector: Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Sirach 35.15-17, 20-22
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4.6-8, 16-18
Gospel: Luke 18.9-14

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


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