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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, August 9, 2009

Sometimes we find ourselves at the end of our strength and feel that we cannot go on. Sometimes, instead of asking the Lord for strength to go on, we ask the Lord to end our lives. This is not any attempt at suicide, just a plea to the Lord to end the situation that we are experiencing because it seems impossible. Maybe it is impossible from a human point of view.

The First Book of Kings tells us about Elisha coming to this point-and at that very point, God intervenes in the life of Elisha. Elisha cries out to God and God hears him. So often in our human lives we keep trying to solve our problems and fix our problems and do everything by ourselves, and we don't cry out to the Lord. We don't even have to wait until we are at the end of our strength. The time to cry out to the Lord is always right now.

Today's Gospel continues from last week, giving us another part of Chapter 6 from Saint John. We know that Chapter 6 in the Gospel of John speaks about the Eucharist, about God's presence in our lives as bread. In today's passage, the people begin to murmur against Jesus. They know Jesus and cannot believe that Jesus has come down from heaven.

The people are probably not even sure what it means that Jesus has come down from heaven, but for sure it sounds like he is claiming to be more than just another ordinary person in their midst, and that sets them off. How often we also can be harsh on people we know when they try to be more serious about a spiritual life! Or when they try to be good! Or when they try to change a pattern in their lives!

Jesus teaches us that He is the way to God. Jesus calls God His father consistently in the Gospels. The people know that Jesus is saying that He Himself is the way to find God. Jesus presents Himself as the bread of life, as a bread that gives eternal life. Jesus tells us that if we eat this bread, we will live for ever.

Although for us who are Catholics, this may not sound strange, for people who have never heard this kind of teaching before, it must have sounded totally crazy. Jesus is willing to sound crazy to speak the truth. This is another lesson for us. We can be uneasy speaking the truth if we think that we might suffer because of it or if we think that people will think less of us.

Perhaps this Sunday we can hear all of this summarized in the second reading, from the Letter to the Ephesians: Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love. If we do this, we shall be invited to speak truth, to continue walking even when the road is difficult, and to give our lives completely in the service of this God who loves us and demands all.

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Second Reading:

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


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