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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
Please contact the office
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for Sunday, October 18, 2009

The clear teaching of our Lord Jesus is that if we choose to follow Him, we will suffer. This is not a popular teaching. Today we want to become fully alive without any suffering at all, if possible. It is also clear that Jesus is not teaching us to look for sufferings, but simply telling us that if we choose to follow Him, we will suffer.

The first reading, from the Prophet Isaiah, is one of those wonderful readings that speak about the suffering servant, taking on the guilt of others and justifying them. One of the great examples of this kind of suffering in recent history was Saint Maximillian Kolbe, who volunteered his life for another condemned to death in the death camp of Auschwitz. The other man survived. This is the kind of example that challenges us to ponder a bit and ask ourselves if we could do the same.

The reading from the Letter to the Hebrews today gives us a clear teaching that Jesus was fully human like us in all things except that He did not sin. Jesus is God, but truly human. Sometimes we begin to think that He is only God - or we make Him only a good human being.

The Gospel comes back to what it means to follow our Lord Jesus. What do we think of the Kingdom of God? Are we interested enough in it to even want to be part of it? In much of Christian history, those who followed Christ had enormous desires to be in the Kingdom of God. Today very few people even think about the life in the world to come. Many people believe that there is nothing beyond this life and so all of their attention is focused on getting what they want in this life.

For the Christian, there is a great value in this life, but the value is always relative to the life in the world to come. It is the choices that we make in this life that determine our life in the world to come. If we choose to love and serve others, we make a clear choice to follow the Lord Jesus. If we accept His values and His way of living as our model, we make a clear choice to follow Him.

May we live now in a way that responds to the Lord's love for 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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