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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 9, 2011

Perhaps this year we can listen to the words of John the Baptist: I need to be baptized by you and yet you are coming to me?

How often in our lives we hope that God will come and save us - and then we find out that He does save us, but through another human being and not directly as we often would prefer? This is part of Jesus taking on our humanity. How often He asks us to help others in His name and to do good to others in His name - and we forget that is is part of salvation. The mystery of the Baptism of the Lord is about His becoming totally immersed in our humanity.

This imagery of immersion fits perfection with the image of baptism. Just as the early imagery of this feast speaks about all of the water of the earth becoming holy because Jesus is baptized in the water, so we can understand that all of creation becomes holy because Jesus takes on our humanity.

You and I are that holiness of the Lord Jesus, given flesh so that we can radiate that holiness to one another and to all whom we meed. This helps us understand the first reading, from the Prophet Isaia, who tells us that the Lord formed us, and set us as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

This Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is not about standing on one side and watching the Lord do great things. No, it is about living fully and allowing the Lord to do great things in us. Holy is His name.

It is true that the Lord works marvels in us. It is true that some saints seem greater than others. It is true that you and I are called to be saints, even when we feel the lest saintly. The only goal for all of us is to do the Will of the Father. That is what Jesus set out to do and it is what He invites us to do. We need not worry how well we do it, we need only keep trying to do it.

In seeking to do His will is our peace. In seeking to do His will is all of our fulfillment. May the Lord Jesus draw us deep into His baptism today and help us embrace all the suffering that comes with embracing the Father's Will and all the joy and delight of seeking the Lord.

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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