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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 Friday, December 24, 2010

I proclaim to you good news of great joy: Christ is born for us! The Prophet Isaiah sets the tone for our celebration tonight: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. For a child is born to us, a son is given us. For many, our Sacred Scriptures are just religious tales. In the past century, our religious belief was called the opium of the people. For us, the Scriptures are the Word of God leading us to everlasting life. For us, the Scriptures spoke of the light to come into the world and then tell us the story of that light, Jesus Christ, who was born, suffered, died, was buried—and then rose from the dead and gave us life and light everlasting.

Each year we celebrate the cycle of the birth, life, suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord. Each year we hope that we can understand this mystery more profoundly and that the mystery will in turn transform us more completely. Tonight we gather to celebrate the birth of our Lord. This birth is a fulfillment of the prophecies of the Jewish Scriptures. This birth is the fulfillment of God’s promise of redemption to each of us and to all peoples. This birth is the beginning of a new life for the world and for us.

This transformation of the world and of us is not magic. It cannot happen unless we cooperate with the Word of God. You and I must not only listen to this Word and celebrate the birth of the Word, we must allow that Word to transform us. We have walked in darkness. Our world continues to walk in darkness. Only in following the Lord Jesus can we turn completely away from darkness and live in the light.

How we follow the Lord Jesus or trying to decide who else follows Him is often confusing in the world in which we live. Some of us echo His words but not His actions. Some of us give scandal by our sinfulness. Sometimes those who are not baptized are better witnesses to Him than we are. Sometimes those who reject Him are truly following Him. Life in this world is not always clear.

What is clear is that Jesus was born for us, lived for us, suffered for us, died for us and rose for us. For those of us who have come to know Him personally and who try to follow Him in spite of all of our defects, Christmas brings incredible joy. It is celebrating the birthday of someone we love. It is reflecting on the birth of the Infant Jesus, but also seeing into the future of His life. It is recognizing Jesus in the mystery of our Catholic Church.

Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.

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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