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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, December 20, 2009

We are getting so very close to the celebration of the Birth of our Lord Jesus. The readings continue to echo in our hearts: how great is God's plan for us. How wonderful that He chooses to save us!

The Prophet Micah repeats the message to us: God is near, God is peace and God's goodness will reach the ends of the earth. These and other prophecies of the Old Testament keep responding over and over to our great longings for peace, prosperity and love.

The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us today that what God wants is our hearts. This God who loves us and sends us His Son is not a God who is asking for some kind of external obedience; rather, this God who loves us invites us to return His love and to share His life. Advent is a time when we are reminded over and over that God loves us and sends His Son to save us.

Today's Gospel is that of the Visitation, when Elizabeth recognizes that God is working in Mary. It presents a wonderful moment in the lives of the Virgin Mary and her cousin Elizabeth because John the Baptist in the womb leaps for joy, recognizing that the Savior is near. As these two holy women greet one another so also their babies also recognize one another.

Our attention in Advent is on the coming of the Lord. We come to see that God comes to us in every human being. We come to recognize that each other person is a special presence of God for us if we truly have eyes of faith. We come to recognize the incredible presence of our Lord in the Eucharist. We are lead to believe that after any darkness, there will again be light. We can begin to trust that out of suffering can come joy and life.

The response that God invites from us is simply to live completely and to live by faith. Far too often we live timidly and without clear choices for the Lord. May this Advent serve to deepen our faith and our love. Come, Lord Jesus, and guide us in your way of peace.

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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