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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, August 17, 2014

Our readings today speak strongly about the inclusion of all peoples in the love of God. God chooses His people and God chooses a particular people to show forth His love and mercy. That never means that all other people are excluded. Our minds and hearts too often think in terms of exclusion: If I am chosen, you are not! If you are chosen, I am not! But God seems not to work that way in the Scriptures. God chooses and His choices do not exclude.

The Prophet Isaiah, in the first reading today, speaks with depth about the those who are not part of the Chosen People. His conclusion is that the temple of the Lord is a house of pray for all peoples.

The Letter to the Romans gives the reasoning of Saint Paul for never excluding the Jewish people. Even though there is a New Covenant, God never goes back on His Old Covenant. Again, we hear that one choice does not exclude other choices. To love one person does not mean to hate other persons or even to reject them. Rather we must respond to God's love for us and recognize that God loves others as well.

The Gospel from Saint Matthew today speaks again of the inclusion of others in the love and mercy of God through Christ Jesus. Jesus has strong words that He is sent only for the lost sheep of the House of Israel. Yet in the end the faith of the Canaanite women prevails. Love seems always to prevail over exclusion.

We must live this same type of love. This is a love which is particular and yet universal. It is a love that recognizes individuals and their gifts and yet does not put down others. It is a love that sees the gifts and responses of the poor and the downtrodden. It is a love that recognizes that we ourselves are poor, but rich in love and compassion when we seek the Lord.

May this love of Christ form us as His followers so that we are formed by His Word, formed by all that touches our lives and responding with His love.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 56.1, 6-7
Second Reading: Romans 11.13-15, 29-32
Gospel: Matthew 15.21-28

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


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