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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, July 13, 2014

Far too often we forget the power of the word. When that word is the Word of God, it is even more powerful. We can change the whole world with words, if we use them well. We can draw others to the Lord Jesus with words, if they come from our heart. We can allow the Word of God to transform us and thus show its power to others.

The Prophet Isaiah, in the first reading today, reflects on the word of God. When God speaks, reality is created. When God sends His Word, the world is redeemed and transformed. This happens, however, in the way which was shown to us in the readings from last Sunday: in humility and meekness, not in power and force.

The Gospel speaks also of the word and how it is like seed sown. When seed is sown, it does not all develop equally. This is a reality that anyone working with planting seeds knows as tough experience. Thus, those who plant seeds want to prepare the ground so that seed will have its best results. If you and I were to plant grass seed, we would not normally choose to plant it in a pile of stones. Rather, we would prepare the ground first so that the grass might grow and be beautiful or productive or both.

Jesus is aware of this difference and uses the readily understandable image to show why the word of God is not always effective. God always honors our freedom. We are the ones who must prepare the ground to receive the seed, the word of God.

The Letter to the Romans, from which comes the second reading today, gives an image of Christians straining toward the Kingdom. These Christians are ground fully prepared for the seed, the word of God. There is nothing holding back their deepest desires for the Kingdom except the reality of still living in this world.

Spiritually, today, we can begin to understand that we must desire the word of God in ourselves. If we truly desire that word, then we will begin to prepare our hearts and minds to receive the word. If we say that we desire the word and do nothing, then we are simply deceiving ourselves. God's word will come to us but unless we have prepared the found, it will fall on the stones of our hearts.

My sisters and brothers, let us prepare our hearts and our minds so that the seed, the word of God, may fall in us and bear immense fruit.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 55.10-11
Second Reading: Romans 8.18-23
Gospel: Matthew 13.1-23

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


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