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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

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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
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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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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 27, 2011

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down! This sets the theme for Advent longing in our hearts. Advent is a time when we look at the final coming first, the end of the world, and then look once more at the first coming, when Christ came in the flesh and took on our human nature in order to save us. The reflections and meditations on these two comings prepare us so that God Himself can come more fully in our lives, which is yet another coming of the Lord.

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down! The Prophet Isaiah in today's first reading reflects so much of the message of all of the prophets. Isaiah recognizes that none of us are faithful and yet we want God. From Isaiah's point of view it is God's fault that we always go astray, it is God's fault that we are faithless and it is God's fault that we fall into sin. God created us and knows that we have fallen and are basically incapable of being faithful unless He Himself heals us.

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down! This is the cry of Advent and should be the cry coming from our hearts each day during this time of Advent. It is not just an invitation, it is a demand. We demand that God should come to us. How foolish we are, and yet we are foolish with the wisdom of the Gospel, with the wisdom of God's love for us in Christ Jesus.

The First Letter to the Corinthians from which is taken today's second reading echoes this same theme: God is faithful! If we want to turn it into an Advent cry, we should say: Be faithful to us, O God, even when we are not faithful to you! Come down and be in our lives because without you we always fail!

Mark's Gospel tells us: What I say to you, I say to all: Watch! This watching during the time of Advent is filled with longing for the Lord to come. The more we increase this desire for the Lord's coming, the more we can live this Advent with joy and gladness. We can increase this desire by holy reading, by reading the Sacred Scriptures, by asking God to increase our holy desires.

Come, Lord Jesus. Do not delay!

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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