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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
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, 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, September 20, 2009

We continue the same theme that we were given in last Sunday's readings: the way to life is through dying to ourselves. The more we come to know Jesus, the more we know that if we want to follow Him, we must accept all the sufferings that come with such a commitment. Even if we live in Christian communities, we will still suffer. Suffering is just a normal part of following Jesus Christ.

The second reading, from the Letter of Saint James, shows us the reasons for suffering: jealousy, selfish ambition, inconstancy, insincerity, wars, conflicts and asking wrongly. These negative qualities and others like them are found in all of us from time to time and in varying degrees. Although we are made in the image of God, that image is no longer clear in us because of the effects of sin. Sometimes we suffer from the effects of bad example, from the sins of others and from difficult things that have passed in our lives. We also have the effects of all of the bad choices that we have made, some of them sinful and some not.

Redemption in Jesus Christ gives us power to live in another way but not always a complete healing of all that is in us which is negative or of sin. Believing in Jesus Christ does not immediately make us perfect human beings. The graces of Baptism and the other Sacraments begin to change us. The more we cooperate with the grace of God, the more God can transform us. We are invited to become like little children and to live in the Lord with total confidence and trust.

In our struggles in life we will surely meet up with people such as those described in the first reading, from the Book of Wisdom. Always there are people willing to put themselves against us. We are blessed when we can avoid such difficulties. On the other hand, we are also blessed when we meet opposition because it clarifies for us the meaning of following the Lord Jesus.

This Sunday we can pray that we be able to know the will of God in our lives, that we have the power of the Holy Spirit to fight against all that is negative or of sin within us and that we can love all those who may set themselves against us.

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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