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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, October 4, 2009

This Sunday the readings invite us to consider marriage and the relationship between a man and a woman in marriage. Such a topic for a Christian today has so many challenges because modern culture has changed the perception of marriage, of commitment, of chastity and of love.

For most of the centuries after Christ, the teaching of all who followed Christ was the same: one woman and one man enter into a commitment with each other, to love one another, to honor one another and to live chastely with one another. Always there have been attempts to change this but the Scriptures have always been clear in this teaching. Today again there is an enormous movement to understand the teachings of our Lord Jesus in new ways. Some who follow Christ accept such changes but such changes are based not on Sacred Scripture but on human teachings.

Today many would like the Christian Scriptures to accept every person just as that person is, rather than challenging all of us to conversion. Today's readings are still a challenge to those who marry and to those who remain celibate for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Woman is made for man and man is made for woman. Those who break their commitments to marriage and enter into another marriage commit adultery.

Always in the Christian tradition there has been an understanding that sometimes marriages do not work but the ideal has remained in place. When about half of the marriages that are celebrated end in divorce, there is something radically wrong within the culture. Today's readings invite us to question ourselves and our society and to look for ways to strengthen marriage once again and to strengthen the Christian family.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Hebrews, speaks of Christ's suffering for us. So often we want life without suffering and only with pleasure! May we learn today to suffer for the truth of the Lord Jesus and walk in His paths.

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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