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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)
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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, September 27, 2009

What wonderful readings we have today that speak so much about how God works in our world! Far too often our ideas of God are too small and too limited. We can get possessive of our faith and not believe that others have the same faith that we have. We can try to limit the workings of God.

The first reading today, from the Book of Numbers, describes how the Spirit of God came upon other besides Moses—even on those who had not gone out to the tent. The first thing that we notice is that religion can reject everything that does not follow the rules - and God does not act that way. Instead, God gives the Spirit abundantly and even outside of our rules.

The Gospel today, from Saint Mark, teaches the same lesson: God works as God wants. Anyone is free to invoke the name of Jesus, even those who do not follow the way of Jesus. How easily we Christians can get offended by those who use the name of Jesus in ways that we are not comfortable with. We are often at odds with one another among the groups that claim to follow the Lord Jesus.

Sometimes others who follow Christ get upset with us Catholics because we do not allow them to receive communion freely in our Churches. Sometimes I have had this text used to pressure me to think that such open communion is fine. Yet it is clear from this text that the one who was driving out demons in the name of Jesus was not trying to become part of the followers of Christ.

Communion in the early Church always had great importance. Communion means a common belief, not just receiving the consecrated body and blood of the Lord. When we all have a common belief, then there is communion among us as well as the possibility of receiving the consecrated body and blood of our Lord.

Let us pray today that we can have a deep communion of belief among all who follow the Lord Jesus Christ and all who invoke His holy Name. Let us pray that the lack of sharing in the consecrated body and blood of the Lord will keep us aware of the need to continue our efforts to be one. Let us pray that we will always try to recognize the Spirit of the Lord at work wherever that Spirit is.

Readings of the day:
First Reading:
Second Reading:

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


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