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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
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 16, 2009

Wisdom is our focus today in this Sunday celebration of the Eucharist. It is so clear from the first reading, which comes from the Book of Proverbs. We have to reflect first on Wisdom and then think about how the teachings of Jesus in Chapter 6 of the Gospel of John are wisdom teachings.

The Book of Proverbs gives us teachings about how to live a practical life of faith-which for our ancestors in faith would have been called a life of wisdom. Today I am not sure that we consider the person wise who knows how to live the faith in difficult circumstances. The person is truly wise who knows how to live the life of faith. So much of modern culture thinks of wisdom as the way to outsmart everyone else and get more of the values of this world: money, power and sex.

A wise person is one who knows how to live his or her faith in every circumstance, in a way that is gracious and does not draw undue attention to oneself. Wisdom, as a gift of God, is always inviting us to live more and more completely this mystery of God's presence in our midst.

In Chapter 6 of Saint John's Gospel today, Jesus tells us about true wisdom: to know that He, Jesus, is the bread of life; to know that He, Jesus, is sent by the Father; to know that we must eat the flesh of Jesus and drink His blood; to know that if we feed on Jesus, we will have life eternal. These are all such strong statements!

Today wisdom invites us to live in her house. Today we are invited to know the wisdom taught by Jesus. Today we are invited to eat the body of Jesus and drink His blood-here, in this Eucharist. We are invited to believe in His own words: This is my body, this is my blood. We are invited to believe that there is everlasting life and that we can have that gift through faith.

The second reading today, from the Letter to the Ephesians once again, reminds us that we must not live in ignorance-this is the opposite of wisdom-but must seek the will of God in our lives! And we must give thanks-always.

O how wondrous is this mystery! O how great the gift of faith! Even greater is this God who loves us so much. Let us thank the Father for sending His Son and giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit. Praise to our God, one and three, forevermore. Amen.

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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