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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
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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 26, 2010

Today, the day after Christmas this year, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. Far too often we think only of Jesus and not about how he grew up in a human family because He Himself was Human as well as Divine. The importance of family today becomes clearer and clearer. In many countries the divorce rate continues to rise. In some countries, any grouping of humans in a household is now called a family. This is not entirely bad, but it can never replace the traditional family.

The Book of Sirach, from which is taken our first reading, is one of the wisdom books. Simply reflecting on our human situation but situating that reflection in the presence of God. This reading and the second reading from the Letter to the Colossians are simple reminders to us that all relationships must be based in love for one another in God. Each of the aspects of that love is important: love for one another and love in God.

The reason that both of these aspects of the relationship are important is that love today is defined in secular terms without God and perhaps even without any philosophical underpinning. Love in the great philosophical and theological traditions is about choosing the well - being of the other person over my own well - being; it is about choosing what is good for the other person as more important than what is good for me. One could say that without some power outside of oneself, this type of choice is not really possible. This was the conclusion even of the atheistic existentialists of the 1960s.

This type of love is generally seen in the love of a mother for her children. It is sometimes seen in the love of a father for his children. Thus the traditional family was the locus of learning how to love others and even to prefer the good of others above my own good.

For us Christians, the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph provides sort of a snapshot of what a loving family looks like. It also shows us that choices must be made in truth. When Jesus is 12 and abandons his parents so that he can teach in the temple, one can wonder about how this reflects true love. But if this going about His Father's business is truly something that He had to do, then He is living in the truth. He is living in God. It is not always easy to discern these things. We have lots of mistakes that happen in learning how to love, even in the best of families.

As we celebrate this Feast of the Holy Family today, we can each commit ourselves to this striving to love in spirit and in truth. We can commit ourselves to striving to love all others, especially those with whom we live. We can commit ourselves to forgiving whatever defects may have been present in our parents' love for us. We can walk to the Lord in this life, seeking to love one another in God.

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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