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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, October 25, 2009

Can we also call on the Lord and ask Him to have pity on us? The humility of Bartimaeus is incredible and we can admire it. More importantly it must become a goal of our life. Every day we must have this courage to turn to the Lord and ask him to give us what is lacking in our lives. Most of all we need to ask our Lord for faith, hope and love. We can also ask for everything physical that we need: for money, for food, for health, for sight, for hearing, for freedom from disease, etc.

Too often perhaps we forget to carry on this kind of conversation with our Lord. The first reading, from the Prophet Jeremiah, tells us clearly that God is our father and loves us. God wants to care for us and only asks that we turn to Him. This is so simple and yet so often we do not turn to God in our problems, in the challenges of our life or even in the difficulties which we face.

The Letter to the Hebrews points out today that Jesus is truly human and can hear us. Jesus is a priest and is willing to intercede for us always. Jesus does not take this honor on Himself but it is given to Him by the Father. So also the Father wants to love us and we are asked to respond to that love.

Bartimaeus is a wonderful example to us of someone who wanted something so much that he was willing to call out and ask Jesus to help him and to heal him. Bartimaeus challenges us to become as simple and as humble as he is. He is not afraid to call on the Lord, to ask to have what he wants, to insist really that Jesus help him.

Each of us can ask: what is my relationship with God? What is my image of God? Is God truly a Father for me? Is Jesus someone on whom I can call at all times? Do I have any sense of the Holy Spirit inspiring me and drawing me into the mysteries of life and of divine presence?

As we look at our own answers to these questions, we find more about ourselves and our relationship with the living God. The point is never to think badly of ourselves but only to realize how much God loves us and invites us to share in His life. Let us commit ourselves to living this incredible mystery more and more each day! Lord Jesus, have mercy on me!

Readings of the day:
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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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