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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
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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
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
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Sacrament of the Sick
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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
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St. Vincent de Paul Society
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, November 28, 2010

Advent prepares us for the coming of the Lord. That coming of the Lord is at three levels of our understanding and comprehension. The Lord comes to us in the Creation, even though we may not reflect on that very much. The Lord comes to us in the Incarnation, which is the Christmas story and often touches people very intimately. And finally the Lord comes to us at the end of time, but that is still future and not yet here.

Advent challenges us to think of all of these ways of coming to us as the reality of our Lord Jesus Christ. So often we live only in the small confines of our immediate past, our present and what we hope for in the future. Advent challenges us to live in the whole sweep of human history, seeing in that history the presence of the divine: our God comes to save us.

The first reading, from the Prophet Isaiah, like so many of the readings from the prophets, speaks about the incredibly deep longing of the Jewish people for salvation - and eventually a longing for a Savior. Most of us long for salvation and for someone to save us when we are in terrible situations. Like the chosen people, though, when things are fine, we don't need salvation or a savior. If we begin to read the prophets of the Old Testament, we find this dynamic over and over and over: catastrophe happens, the people look for God, they find God, the catastrophe seems to get over, people forget about God and get on with doing whatever they want until catastrophe hits once again - and then the cycle starts over.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Romans, speaks to us about how to live. We should always be aware that the Lord is coming to save us. We should always be aware that this life, in general, is catastrophe. We don't like to think about it that way, but as we grow in the spiritual life, it becomes more and more apparent that so many people are not looking for anything except pleasure. Even in the midst of that, as they find further unhappiness, they are looking for something that will change their lives. So there is a real sense that everyone begins to look for salvation at some point in life. So often we look in all the wrong places: let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and lust, not in rivalry and jealousy.

Today's Gospel, from Saint Matthew, sums it all up in this short phrase: Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.

This is what real life is about: staying awake and knowing that the Lord is in our lives and will be ever more in our lives if we allow Him. Stay awake and live in such a way that it is clear that we are seeking values of eternity and not just the values that give us pleasure today. Stay away and find ways to love our neighbors.

All of this is possible when we believe deeply that this life is not all that there is, that this life has many temptations, that this life is ultimately leading us to an eternal life. Advent is preparing us for the presence of God: in history, in our present lives and in the life to come. Let us keep our eyes open and delight in the Lord.

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Second Reading:

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


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