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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, May 8, 2016

This is a time between Ascension and Pentecost. This is a time when we should long for the Spirit to come upon us. We have the Spirit already but always we can renew that desire to share more in the Spirit and to have the courage to live and preach our faith.

The first reading, from the Acts of the Apostles, today begins with these words: Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit. Many of the early Christians were filled with the Spirit in such a way that they could not be silent. They had to proclaim the message of Jesus. Many, if not most of us, are more timid in proclaiming our faith. Perhaps if we are put to the test, we would become as strong as some of those early Christians. Even if we are not put to the test, we must seek ways to be witnesses to Jesus, speaking of His presence by the way we live.

The second reading, from the Book of Revelation, speaks to the end of time, but also to the present time, when it says, with such beauty: Let the one who thirsts come forward, and the one who wants it receive the gift of life - giving water. The one who gives this testimony says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! May we also invite the Lord Jesus to come into our lives, into our communities, into our countries—as well as into our souls. May we thirst for the life - giving water!

The Gospel of John brings us back to the central message of Jesus, His teaching for us and for all humankind: that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them. We need to stop and just listen to the meaning of those words once again. Jesus is praying that the love with which the Father loves him may be in us and that Jesus Himself may be in us. What a strong prayer! Can we believe that this is what Jesus wants?

In these days between Ascension and Pentecost, we must keep calling on the Spirit to come into our lives. If the Spirit is in us, so is Jesus and so is the Father. At the level of faith, we believe that it is so. Yet we have to convert our whole being to believe in this reality! Come, Lord Jesus! Come, Holy Spirit! May we be filled with God's grace this day and may our longing to understand and live the heavenly mysteries be deepened. Come, God of our ancestors! Transform us in the love of Jesus by the power of the Spirit. Amen.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Acts 1.1-11
Second Reading: Ephesians 1.17-23
Gospel: Luke 24.46-53

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


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