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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 31, 2014

Has God possessed you? Do you sense His presence in your life right now? How has God worked in your life? The first reading today, from the Prophet Jeremiah, recounts the experience of Jeremiah with God. Perhaps at times we have known this presence of God, impelling us to do things that we would not have done without His presence impelling us. If God's presence does not affect our lives in some way, then we should question our relationship with God.

We see the same thing in the Gospel today, from Saint Matthew. Peter is convinced that he must counsel Jesus to be careful and not let bad things happen to Him. Jesus rebukes Peter for this counsel. Instead, Jesus counsels Peter to take up his cross daily and accept the bad things that happen.

The lesson for us is clear: life is not about avoiding bad things. Neither is life about seeking bad things. Life is about living for the love of God because Jesus is our Lord and Master. If we follow Him and try to live as He invites us to live, we will surely meet up with suffering and difficulties. We must accept these sufferings and difficulties because we love the Lord and see that they are the way we must live for the sake of the Kingdom.

We live for the sake of Christ. We take up sufferings and difficult tasks for the sake of Christ. It is all about loving God, loving one another and loving ourselves. Once we accept Jesus Christ and commit ourselves to living in Him and for Him, life takes on a wonderful sense of joy and gladness because we are walking with Him and seeking only to do His will.

The Letter to the Romans today reminds us that life is about discerning what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect in God. At first, this living in God may seem strange and even at times inhuman. After we begin to live in the way of Christ, we come to recognize that we are indeed more fully alive because of living in Him and seeking His will.

And, yes, we will meet up with mockery and rejection from others at times, but we can accept this because we know the love of Jesus Christ. Blessed be God forever.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Jeremiah 20.7-9
Second Reading: Romans 12.1-2
Gospel: Matthew 16.21-27

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


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