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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 Sunday, December 4, 2011

Always on this Second Sunday of Advent we hear about John the Baptist. Today we hear his words: One mightier than I is coming after me. John is always humble in our Gospels. He is always pointing to Jesus Christ, sending others to Jesus Christ and preaching about the One who is to come.

Advent is all about the One who is to come. Advent is about preparing the way of the Lord in the desert. The themes and the images given to us from the Scriptures of Advent are so deep and compelling! At the heart of this imagery is the one statement of the Prophet Isaiah in the first reading today: Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Advent is a time of joy and expectation because God has promised us a Redeemer. Advent is celebrating the One who is to come, who is our Redeemer.

Our Redeemer is not like a worldly king, nor like an elected president. He is not one who rules with the power of force and arms. No, our Redeemer is like a shepherd who feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care. Our Redeemer is one who loves us and who is conquering the world with His love.

The second reading, from the Second Letter of Saint Peter, tells us in simplicity that according to his promise we await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. In this time of Advent we can increase our longing for righteousness, in ourselves, in one another, in our world. Longing for what is right and good, seeking to do what is right and good, striving to be people of love and righteousness - this can transform us and our world.

May John the Baptist point us on the right path, to follow the Redeemer, the One who is to come and who is mightier that I. May our reading of the Holy Scriptures in this time of Advent help us open our hearts and our minds so that we come to perceive the divine at work in our world. May we follow our loving Shepherd so that the world will be transformed in His coming.

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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