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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

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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)
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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, November 14, 2010

What is this day that is coming? Surely the reference is to the end of the world or to the second coming of Jesus Christ. Most of us ordinary Catholic Christians do not spend a great deal of time worrying about those end times which are referred to in our Sacred Scriptures. There are groups of Christians whose whole interest is in these things and there are others who are always aware of the final coming of the Lord or thinking of the end of time. Sometimes we find such witnesses right in the midst of our Christian communities and are surprised by them.

When was the last time that you or I wondered if the world might be ending soon? It is possible that it could, even from a scientific point of view. We hear of movies about some straying asteroid crashing into our planet earth and making it uninhabitable.

When was the last time that you or I thought about the final coming of Christ? We are told in our Scriptures that some will still be alive on the earth when He comes. Again, this could happen at any time.

The lesson, for all of us, is that we need to be prepared at all times. Some of the saints have recognized that lots of us find it difficult to remain centered in Christ, focused on Christ, prepared for His coming or for the end of the world at all times. Various ways of helping us have been worked out by various saints. In one tradition, the good Christian should stop at the beginning of each hour and remember these spiritual realities. In other religious and domestic houses, there was the practice of praying the Divine Office, a series of prayers that occur throughout the day, starting in the darkness before dawn and ending with the darkness of night coming on.

The readings of this Sunday speak about the end of the world just as they instruct us about the end of the Church year. We can say, at one level, that whatever ends is really a new beginning for something else. When life in this world ends, we have a new beginning in life eternalóbut only if we have learned to trust the Lord and his loving presence with us in some way. This is expressed poetically in the first reading from the Prophet Malachi: But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.

The Second Letter to the Thessalonians tells us what is echoed in early monasticism: if you find someone with virtue, imitate that person's virtue. This also is a way to the Kingdom.

Luke's Gospel reminds us not to prepare a defense when we are accused because God himself will give us wisdom in speaking that all our adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. Even when we are handed over by relatives and friends, not a hair on our head will be destroyed.

The lesson of all of this is to persevere in trusting our God, His love and His presence. By this perseverance we shall secure our lives in the Kingdom!

Readings of the day:
First Reading:
Second Reading:

Homily from Abbot Philip, OSB, of the Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert.


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