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Pastor: Fr. Gigi Philip
Administrative Assistant: Cynthia Livera

Sunday Masses
Saturday5:00 PMEnglish,
Singles for Christ Choir
Sunday9:00 AMItalian
Italian Choir
10:30 AMEnglish,
Children's Liturgy
Organist/Soloist
12:00 PMEnglish,
Couples for Christ 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)
Contact
100 Regent Road
North York, Ontario M3K 1H3
Phone: 416-636-0213
Fax: 416-636-9431
office@stnorbertschurch.org
www.stnorbertschurch.org
Confession
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 www.vocationstoronto.ca, 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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Reflections
for Sunday, February 17, 2019

As consumers, we think about buying more or better or new. If one has the means, one can buy his or her way into a state of satisfaction, even happiness (although short lived). Our consumption patterns can redress our deficits and doubts about our self-esteem and public image: Am I physically attractive? Do people look up to me and respect me? Do people perceive me as strong and confident? We rely on the material things of the world as if that is all that there is to retain. Will the Lord condemn people who have money and food? Are those people who laugh and those about whom we speak well condemned, too? Conversely, we hear about the blessings for all who are poor, all who do not have food, those who mourn and those who are disparaged for the sake of the name of Jesus. The pressing question is: where (and in Whom) do we place our trust?

The Prophet Jeremiah believes that anyone who trusts in human beings, meaning anyone who trusts in flesh (in human power, not divine) and who turns his heart away from God, damages his soul. Internally, this denial of God's supremacy replaced by the notion that man is creator of unlimited goods forms an unfruitful and vain outcome within people.

So, do we have to believe that anyone who has more than sufficient money or even just enough money will not enter the kingdom? Do we have to believe that anyone who has sufficient food cannot enter the kingdom? Do we have to believe that all those who laugh are not going to enter the Kingdom? Probably not! Our Lord aims precisely at the inner attitude of putting things and people before God that all of us have within us.

God is All-knowing, All-loving, and All-powerful as well as our most loving Creator and Father. Therefore, it is most fitting to put our complete trust in him. No other person or thing deserves the trust that we place in God. Paul cries out to the wayward Corinthians: If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all. Christ is not the means for us to get what we want. Christians desire Christ, and Christ will provide.

Cutting against the age old common pursuit of more rather than less, the Apostle Luke warns that those who enjoy an excess in earthly pleasures may experience a temporary or fleeting joy only to ultimately find life empty and without meaning. The temptation–and it is a temptation for all of–is to get what we need and forget about others. This is an inner attitude that is against the Gospel. There is a tendency to think about self-preservation rather than self-sacrifice. Quite often, it is the generosity of the poor that shames the rich. Recall the story of the widow with her two mites.

It is when we begin to hope for eternal life that we can embrace the idea of giving to others and helping others. It is in hope that we can fast so that others might have food. It is in faith that we can cry when we see the misery of our sisters and brothers and subsequently, hopefully with immediacy, find the compassion and mercy to help them.

May we trust in God, not His creation, to lead us all into His kingdom and to keep us on His path.

 
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Jeremiah 17.5-8
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15.12, 16-20
Gospel: Luke 6.17, 20-26


   

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