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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, August 30, 2015

The readings today form us in how to listen to God's word and how to respond to it. It is important for us to realize that God speaks to us in Holy Scripture but that we are not fundamentalists. Rather, we must understand the whole Bible as one book and each of the books within the Bible must be interpreted in light of all of the other books. Thus we must be careful never to take a teaching out of context but must listen to the whole Bible.

The first reading today, from the book of Deuteronomy, tells us about Moses instructing our ancestors in the faith. They are commanded to keep the commandments, neither adding to them nor subtracting from them. This is also how we revere all of Scripture, our Bible. We do not add new books to it, as many would like to in our time, nor do we subtract books from it, as has been done in the past. Rather we receive the Bible as inspired as a whole work and we read it in light of the complete Bible rather than one little bit at a time.

The Gospel from Mark today tells us about the traditions of the elders and how they came to conflict with the Scriptures. We Catholics should be very aware of the same types of situations. There are teachings in our Church which are disciplines and not divine teachings. That is normal in any institution. The Church is a Divine entity but also a human institution. We are much more aware of this in our day because of the scandals of sexual abuse. We must be cautious not to think that because of sexual abuse, then every aspect of the Church is simply a human construct. This is what many would have us believe today.

If the Church is simply a human construct, then there is no Jesus Christ who is the Son of God and there is no sense in belonging to any Church.

The second reading today gives us a clear summary: Be doers of the word and not hearers only. You and I must continue to read Scripture, always listening to it in the light of all of Scripture and in the light of the early teachers of Christianity and in light of the teachings of the Church. We are not meant simply to hear this word of the Lord and then think that it no longer applies to us. Rather, we meditate the Word in order to let the Word possess us and guide us in our actions. This open, positive, trusting reading of the Word is very different from some kind of academic critique of the Word in such a way that the Word becomes meaningless.

Instead of disregarding God's commandment and clinging to human traditions and teachings, we are called to be transformed into the very life of Jesus Himself. Come, Holy Spirit, enlighten us.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Deuteronomy 4.1-2, 6-8
Second Reading: James 1.17-18, 21-22, 27
Gospel: Mark 7.1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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


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