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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 30, 2009

Today we are given readings to help us focus on the role of the commandments in our lives. All of us are aware that there is a lot more in Church law today than just the ten commandments. For our Jewish sisters and brothers, also, there had been a gradual introduction of all kinds of laws and practices which helped them understand and live their faith.

Moses is very careful to tell his people: don't add anything to this and don't take things away. Jurisprudence is the art of interpreting what the law means. Always when there are laws or regulations, there will be a need for interpretation. The broader the laws, the more theoretical the laws, the more there will be need for interpretation.

For instance: though shall not kill. Does that mean that all killing is forbidden? Can I defend myself if someone tries to kill me? Can I serve in the army of my country? If I see someone attacking another person, can I do anything about it?

Moses tells the people that by observing the commandments carefully, they will give witness of their wisdom and intelligence to the other nations. Probably most of us don't think that when we observe the teachings of the Church we give witness to our wisdom and intelligence! On the other hand, the more we reflect on the basic teachings of our Church with faith in Jesus Christ, we come to see that they are truly wisdom teachings and incredibly well thought out as well as based on faith.

Only the believer who takes time to pray and intellectual energy to reflect can come to understand more and more deeply the wisdom and intelligence of Church teachings, which are based on the Scriptures. We seem to have lost so much of this tradition in the Church in the present age. It does not help us to be sad about it. Instead, we can dedicate ourselves to this work of praying and reflecting so that each of us can become strong, wise and intelligent followers of the Lord.

Only with wisdom and intelligence can we remain free of being blind followers who accept everything without thinking or of being intellectually arrogant and rejecting belief because it is not science.

We call upon the Lord today and reflect on the words of the second reading: Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

May the Word of God transform us today so that we are wise and intelligent witnesses to the presence of Christ in our world!

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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