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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, January 10, 2010

The Gospel today reflects the experience of the early followers of Jesus. At first Jesus seems just a normal being, a young man who practices Judaism like all of his friends and family. Slowly there comes an understanding that He is the One who is to come, foretold by John the Baptist. The early followers of Jesus did not have the clear teachings of the Church, the example of the saints, nor the witness of living communities dedicated to the Lord.

Some people today want to believe that the Church is wrong, that saints are just relatively good people and that there is no need for living communities dedicated to the Lord Jesus. Some believe that the Church is a purely human institution and perhaps has done more evil that good throughout its history.

Faith is a gift and a mercy, as we hear in the Letter to Titus today. It is a gift for which we can pray and a gift to which we can be open. Not many today have the intense thinking capacity of Plato who was able use his own reason to come to some knowledge of God.

The God of Jesus Christ, however, reaches out to us and invites us to study the Scriptures and to come to know him. Isaiah the Prophet, in today's first reading, echoes the hopes and desires of so many people who are not where they want to be, not who they want to be, who have been enslaved in one way or another.

At the Baptism of Jesus, something awesome happened. We are not sure what happened, but certainly something truly happened and Jesus takes up His ministry and people begin to recognize in Him the authentic teaching of God, a chosen servant of God and one who carries the sins of the world.

This Sunday also marks the end of the Christmas Season. When Jesus comes to be baptized, all of creation recognizes Him as Lord. He Himself seems to understand at this point that He must preach the good news. Thus the public ministry of Jesus begins with His baptism and for us Ordinary Time begins.

The time ahead of us is a time to listen attentively to the Word of the Lord, to listen to the words of Jesus and to look for the divine shining through all people and all creation. We can experience this God who loves us by becoming more aware of our own love, more aware of the mystery of human life, more aware of the goodness in every human person. If we want to know love, we must begin to practice and to be love in our own lives. May our Lord Jesus help us this year!

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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