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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)
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, October 11, 2015

We can ask ourselves today: for what do I pray? It is always important to see what we ask of the Lord and to be aware that what we ask says a lot about us. We want to follow the Lord Jesus and we want to be willing to give up all things in order to follow Him.

The Gospel of Mark today gives us the story of a young man who seems to be very good and yet is attached still to the things of this world. Probably most of us are attached to something in this world. It will be important for us to recognize those attachments so that we can begin to work against them in our lives. Jesus tells us clearly that all things are possible with God. So we can never tell ourselves: I just cannot do this! Rather, we might tell ourselves: I don't seem to be able to do this yet, but I will keep praying and keep trying.

The first reading today, from the Book of Wisdom, tells us the value of praying for prudence and a spirit of wisdom. What a wonderful gift those virtues can be in our lives. Most of us have received those gifts, at least in small portions. Yet we can pray for more prudence and more wisdom. These gifts of virtue will allow us to continue the struggle against our brokenness. Prudence will keep us fighting a small fight and perhaps winning now and then, rather than pushing for a great fight, losing that and then falling into despair. Wisdom will show us when and what we can fight.

Part of the advice of the earliest Christian spiritual writers was to choose spiritual battles that could be won, and start the spiritual life with those. This was prudence and wisdom again, indicating that if we choose the biggest fights first, we quite likely will fail and stop the spiritual struggle.

For the spiritual struggle, seeking to overcome that things that we might desire more than we desire God, the Letter to the Hebrews reminds us that, Indeed the word of God is living and effective. We need take time every day to live in the presence of that word, savoring that word, listening to that word and allowing that word to form us and give us strength.

My sisters and brothers, it is the living God whom we seek. It is the living God who chooses us today and invites to go deeper into the spiritual struggle so that we may be able to hear His call and respond: Here am I, O Lord! I come to do your will.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Wisdom 7.7-11
Second Reading: Hebrews 4.12-13
Gospel: Mark 10.17-30

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


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