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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, June 22, 2014

Bread and wine. Bread to sustain our lives and wine to give joy to our hearts. Bread because we must live and wine as a symbol of blood and giving up our lives. Bread broken to be shared and wine given in one cup as a sign of our unity.

The symbols that come to mind on this Solemnity are so rich and so varied. This is a late feast and one that, in some ways, repeats Holy Thursday, to remind us again of Jesus giving Himself for us, to remind us that God as Father has cared for His people throughout all of history. We only understand these mysteries in the Spirit, the gift of the Father, the Spirit of Jesus, the Holy Spirit who invites us and empowers us to grow in holiness.

Our readings today begin with the Book of Deuteronomy, and we hear of the care God has for His people, especially giving them food and drink in the wilderness. These realities point us to the perfect food and drink of Jesus. It is Jesus who sustains us in our wilderness and in the day to day seeking of the divine. Without the food of Jesus, we are lost. Just as in the desert, in the Book of Deuteronomy, the people would have perished without the food and drink given them by the Lord.

The First Letter to the Corinthians invites us to reflect on our unity in Jesus Christ. There is a clear statement in this short passage: the bread and the wine are so that we share in Christ. In Him we are one.

The Gospel today, from the famous Chapter 6 of Saint John, speaks of bread. More than ordinary bread, this bread given us by Jesus will enable us to live forever. We can understand why the people rejected Jesus. Even today if someone tries to sell us a secret medicine that would keep us alive forever, we immediately think that such a person is a charlatan, a fake and someone who wants something else from us, usually money. So Jesus must have seemed to at least some of those who were following Him.

Today, on this great Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord, you and I are invited once more to faith, to believe that Jesus was telling the truth, to believe that Jesus not only had words that give life, but that He Himself continues to give Himself to us in this Sacrament, which is so holy. The Body and Blood of the Lord are sacred realities given to us so that we can live. The Body and Blood of the Lord are given for love and to help us love.

Let us delight in the Lord! Let us feast with God! Let us adore this presence of Jesus and renew our commitment to Him. Truly Jesus shows us the Father and gives us the Spirit and asks us to follow Him in trust. Come, let us adore Him.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Deuteronomy 8.2-3, 14-16
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10.16-17
Gospel: John 6.51-59

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


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