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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 2, 2009

The Gospel of Saint John presents us in Chapter 6 with profound teaching about the Eucharist. There is always more that we can learn from this Chapter. Today we hear about the confusion between eating bread that perishes and bread that lasts for ever.

Probably all of us know what it is like to get hungry and yet have nothing to eat. We probably have not faced starvation but simply hunger. Yet we can become very uncomfortable even with simply hunger and long for food. Today's readings are trying to get us to think about whether we have any real spiritual hunger. If we do, it should function at least somewhat like physical hunger.

The first reading, from the Book of Exodus, tells us about the physical hunger that our ancestors in the faith experienced when they were going through the desert. They needed food. We humans cannot live simply on spirituality. We also know that we humans cannot live only on physical food.

The Israelites grumbled. This often happens in our humans situations. Instead of dealing directly with problems, we begin to grumble and to speak behind the backs of those who maybe our leaders. This shows another defect within us.

The Gospel of Saint John teaches us today that we often look for the Lord Jesus not because we want to follow His teachings, but because we are looking for some advantage for ourselves. Perhaps we don't think of this because we are dealing in the realm of the spiritual, but this type of aggressive self-seeking is also possible in the realm of the spiritual.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Ephesians, is a simple and profound teaching that we must not live in the futility of our minds. Faith is not thinking about God but about following God. Today in much of modern culture we tend to believe that if we can think something, then we can control it and are in charge of it. This is particularly true in the areas of mental health: psychology and psychiatry.

Instead, we must learn that following the Lord Jesus forms us by doing, not thinking. As we begin to do the Lord's will, we are formed and we learn new realities.

Let us ask this Sunday that we may long for true spirituality and that following the Lord may form us into strong and joyful Christians.

Readings of the day:
First Reading:
Second Reading:

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


Reflections are available for the following Sundays:


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