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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)
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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, January 2, 2011

This year Epiphany comes as early as possible, just the day after January 1st. Let us pray that we can understand and live a bit more profoundly this great mystery of the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The first reading, from Isaiah, speaks about how light shows us everything. When Jerusalem is filled with light, then the whole earth is filled with light. This is clearly a reference to the presence of Jesus in Jerusalem - not for the author of this passage of Isaiah, but for those Jewish people who were awaiting the Messiah. They came to believe that these texts referred to the Messiah who would come. For the early Christians, who believed that Jesus was the Messiah, it was easy to see in Isaiah many references to Jesus.

This reference from Isaiah can be seen to prophesy that all the earth will come to the Lord. There are many other references in the Old Testament, the Hebrew Scriptures, referring to the Messiah. As soon as one accepts that Jesus is the Messiah, then all of those texts are seen as referring to Him.

The Epiphany speaks particularly of the revelation of Jesus Christ as Messiah to the Gentiles. It is as though this mystery is so strong that it shines right through all of reality, if we are truly looking at reality with God's word. Among the first of the Gentiles, the non-Jewish people, to perceive divinity in the Lord Jesus were the Magi, the wise men from the east. They are able to recognize Jesus as Lord of all even in his state as an infant.

Today we who follow Christ must be Magi to the non-believers. If we truly witness to His presence, our own lives are transformed. Others are able to see that we live from another reality, not from the reality of this world. This does not reject the present world, but accepts it entirely with the hope of transformation into the reality of Jesus Christ.

Saint Paul says in the second reading that it was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

This is a message that still needs to be preached: all are invited to salvation, all are invited to the banquet of the Lord.

Only as we ourselves come to recognize the divine shining through our human condition will we be able to give witness with strength and conviction. We Christians are supposed to recognize Christ present in our world, in every other person and in every situation.

O Lord, give us eyes and ears and hearts of faith.

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Second Reading:

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


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