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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 11, 2011

Today our focus shifts strongly to look at the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. John the Baptist again points out the Lord to us by denying that he himself is the Messiah. Instead, the role of John the Baptist is always to point to the Lord who is to come.

The Lord, the Messiah, foreseen by the prophets of ages past, is referred to in the first reading today, from the Prophet Isaiah: As the earth brings forth its plants, and a garden makes its growth spring up, so will the Lord God make justice and praise spring up before all the nations. The Messiah is justice and the Messiah in the praise of God. The Messiah will teach all of us how to be justice and praise for God.

The second reading today, from the First Letter to the Thessalonians, tells us to rejoice always; pray without ceasing; and in all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. This Sunday is often called Gaudete Sunday because we are told to rejoice. When Advent was a much more penitential season, the reason for rejoicing was clear. God's people had now completed half of the penitential season. Today, when Advent is no longer clearly penitential, perhaps the best reason for rejoicing is that God is near us and we continue to receive His word.

This same letter tells us: Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Part of Advent is listening to many prophetic utterances and meditating on them to understand how they point us to Christ. It is always good advice, when reading the Scriptures, to retain what is good and moves us to the Lord.

When we return to the Gospel of today, from Saint John, we can perhaps ask ourselves about the spiritual values that we follow. Perhaps too often, our spiritual is not really formed by the Scriptures but formed simply by survival and what helps us survive. This is not entirely wrong. We need to survive. In order to survive we need to make some sense out of our world. Religion can become such a means of survival. On the other hand, religion as it is found in inspired Hebrew-Christian Scriptures is about coming to know God and allowing God into our lives entirely.

Let us ask today that God's word may become more alive in us, that we may know the living God and rejoice in Him. Let us ask God to break the word open for us so that we can see the word for what it really is: a presence of God, a presence of the Lord Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. In that word, then, we rejoice!

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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