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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

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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)
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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, August 16, 2015

It is more difficult to follow the Lord if we don't believe in Him! That seems like a self - evident kind of statement, but every day there are instances where those of us who profess to follow Him, do not live according to His word. Not living according to the word of the Lord is, in effect, not believing in Him.

This is why our first reading today, from the Book of Proverbs, invites the simple and the foolish to come and know true life and understanding. We can only know that true life and understanding if we are willing to believe Jesus and to follow Him. As we follow him, our belief can increase as we come to know how He acts. His way of acting in our lives is the not generally the way we act in the lives of others.

The second reading today, from the Letter to the Ephesians, repeats this call to wisdom. We are told not to live in ignorance but at least to try to understand what is the will of the Lord. How often do we do that? Do we actually take time and seek the will of the Lord? Many of us just live without thinking and without pondering what the will of the Lord might be. We humans are people capable of reasoning but quite often we do not use our reason.

The Gospel today is still from Chapter 6 of the Gospel of John. This means that it is still about the Eucharist as it has been for the past several Sundays. Over and over this Gospel writer keeps telling us: Jesus is Lord, Jesus is God, Jesus is our Savior, Jesus is truly in the bread that He gives us, Jesus is the bread that nourishes us.

This type of imagery is reflecting the reality of Jesus for us. It is not enough just to eat the bread of the Eucharist. We can eat that bread unworthily as well. We must come to know Jesus in the bread. We must consume Jesus in our daily lives. When we eat Jesus, we become Jesus. Usually when we eat something, that something becomes us. In the case of Jesus, when we eat Him, we become Him.

We eat Jesus by doing His will, by believing in Him and following what He asks of us. We eat Jesus by doing acts of love for others, even when we must sacrifice ourselves. We eat Jesus when we care for the poor and the outcast. Perhaps we eat Jesus most when we recognize His true presence in the Eucharist and receive Him physically in communion and also respond to that communion by our way of living. Let us walk in the way of the Lord.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Proverbs 9.1-6
Second Reading: Ephesians 5.15-20
Gospel: John 6.51-58

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


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