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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)
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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, November 3, 2013

Wisdom tells us in the first reading: you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made. This first reading is like a song to the love that God has for all of His creation. As we respond to the readings this Sunday, we must hear over and over in our hearts: You love all things that are!

Far too often we create in our own minds a sense that God is simply there in our lives to judge us. We can begin to live our lives in fear of this judgment by God, rather that as a response to the love that God has for us. We need to listen today to our hearts and to center them once more on the love that God has for us and for all of His creation and for all peoples and all persons.

The Second Letter to the Thessalonians tells us not to be shaken by rumors that the end is coming soon. We need to know that the Day of the Lord is always at hand - that means that no one knows when it will happen and that it could happen any day. This is the same reality that each of us faces each day: we might die today! Most of us don't get terribly disturbed by such a message, even though we know that it is true. Instead, such a message is supposed to invite us to be aware of the presence of the Lord in our life and to respond to that presence.

The Gospel from Saint Luke today is a delight. We are told about Zacchaeus that he was short of stature. This is a short man who wants to see the Lord. He knows that he won't have a chance in the crowd and so goes ahead of the crowd and climbs a tree. This is a man who has money and a good home and a role in society. People must have laughed their heads off to see such a prominent person climbing a tree! We should also laugh at this story just as we also recognize that the deep desire of Zacchaeus is worthy of our imitation.

Think of the wealthy men or women of our own time, who have a social prominence, who are involved in high government positions. Can we imagine any of them being willing to climb a tree because of wanting to see someone?

What about us? Are we willing to climb trees and make fools of ourselves in order to know the Lord?

The bystanders are amazed that Jesus wants to go to this man's house and they grumble among themselves. This is so typical of us humans: that person is no better than I am. Why would anyone want to go to his house? In fact, that person is worse than I am and does bad things in society. Why is this religious leader going there?

The good news of Jesus Christ is that God loves each one of us and is willing to come to our house - if we invite Him. We need to get over thinking about others and think about our own, personal relationship with God. Do I invite Him? Do I really try to live His word? Do I have enough interest in God to make a fool of myself for Him?

My sisters and brothers, let us invite the Lord today! Let us be willing to make fools of ourselves because God loves us. Blessed be God!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Wisdom 11.22 12.2
Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1.11 2.2
Gospel: Luke 19.1-10

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


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