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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 24, 2014

You are the Christ, the Son of the living God! You and I are invited to proclaim this faith in our own hearts. The words are never enough. The belief has to go to the very depths of our being, just as it did in Saint Peter. We all know, even from the stories about Saint Peter, that this belief will not make us holy immediately. Peter later denies Jesus Christ and is so sad about it. But his heart and his faith was with Jesus.

The first reading is from the Prophet Isaiah and is a description of the Master of the Palace in the time of the Jewish kings and is seen as foreshadowing the role of Saint Peter and the bishops. What is important is that every society, every grouping of people, must have some authority within it in order for it to function as a society. This authority can be expressed in various ways. The ways of expressing authority in our Church have changed over the centuries. That should never surprise us. But there is always an authority in the Church and that is necessary, both at the level of human society but also at the level of being place there by Christ Himself.

The second reading today is from the Letter to the Romans and reflects on the mystery of salvation. God could have saved us in various ways. God is God. Yet God chose to send us His own Son in human flesh. Jesus chooses to leave us the Church as His presence in our lives. This is another way of God taking on our humanity. Many people believe that the Church is simply another human religious construct. We believe that the Church is given to us by Christ Himself, that there is authority in the Church which guides our beliefs.

We can imagine that not everyone understood who Jesus was. Most of these people knew Him as the son of the carpenter, Joseph, and the son of Mary. When they refer to him as son of Joseph it should not surprise us. When they refer to Him as son of Mary, we recognize that they knew there was something unusual about his birth.

We come back, always, to this personal and deeply important challenge: who do you say that I am? Each of us must answer that question. It may take us our whole lifetime to do it. May we finally acknowledge Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 22.15, 19-23
Second Reading: Romans 11.33-36
Gospel: Matthew 16.13-20

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


Reflections are available for the following Sundays:


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