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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
Please contact the office
Blessings (home, vehicle, workplace)
Please contact the office
Visiting the sick and elderly at home
Please contact the office

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, July 6, 2014

Our God is meek and humble of heart! Far too often our ideas of God are as a powerful force and as a force that is not very friendly to us. Yet the first reading today, from the Book of Zechariah, is clear that the king who will come to us, a just savior, is meek, riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. This imagine is taken up on Palm Sunday when Jesus enters Jerusalem on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. Everyone is exuberant and full of joy, but still thinking that this is a worldly kind of savior. Perhaps we also today want a savior who will come and free the world from wars, from strife, from murders, from injustices.

Actually, Jesus can do all of that: free the world from wars, from strife, from murders and from injustices. Yet Jesus only does it insofar as He changes the hearts of people. We still prefer magic where we don't have to do the work. The salvation that Jesus brings is a salvation that insists on conversion of heart leading to conversion of action.

So Jesus tells us in the Gospel today, from Saint Matthew: Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart and you will find rest for yourselves.

Truly the only rest we have in this life is in giving ourselves over completely to Jesus and to trying to follow Him, to walk in His ways. When we follow Jesus, we invite His Spirit to possess our souls. If we do not want the Spirit of Jesus, then we are not following Jesus at all. Inviting the Spirit to possess our souls implies that we will continue to struggle with evil and with all that is not of God in our lives. This struggle only ends with our death.

Honestly, if we want to follow the Lord, it is a difficult path and yet gives us rest because we know that we are on the right path. It is accepting sufferings that we know that we are sharing in the salvation of the world with Jesus. From the outside, we cannot always tell who is a follower of Jesus. Once we begin to speak to others, we hear from them the motivations of their lives and it becomes clear to us: this person is spend his or her life striving to follow the Lord!

Jesus Himself invites us today to come to Him, especially if we are laboring and burdened. Let us walk in the way of the Lord.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Zechariah 9.9-10
Second Reading: Romans 8.9, 11-13
Gospel: Matthew 11.25-30

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


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