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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 18, 2011

We are almost at the end of Advent. The readings today teach us that all that will happen at Christmas is done by the Lord God Himself. The first reading today tells of David wanting to build a house for the Lord. God tells Him that God is the one who builds houses for others. This is a symbolic teaching that tells us clearly that all that is good in our lives is done by God. We can give thanks that God loves us so much and that we are able to receive His gifts.

The second reading today, from the Letter to the Romans, speaks of the God who can strengthen us and who made known to all nations the obedience of faith through Jesus Christ. Again this is clearly telling us that Jesus Christ is the one who brings us the knowledge of God's love for us and who invites us to share His life.

The Gospel is the Annunciation scene. Here we can learn our response to God's words and promises: Be it done to me according to your word. If only we could all learn to respond to the Lord in such a wonderful way! As we continue to allow God to form us with His word, surely our lives will change and we shall be able to say more readily and with joy: Be it done to me according to your word!

Mary is the model for all of us who want to follow God's ways. She was a lowly maiden who tried to be faithful to the Lord. In her lowliness, God chose her for the most important role: the mother of His Son. We too are invited to allow Christ to come to birth within each one of us. Even us men must learn how to let Christ come alive within us. The symbols of the feminine don't work well for us men and yet we must find ways to relate to them. Mary is our model also. We don't need to make her into a man to find ways in which we can relate to her complete self-giving to God.

May this Advent bring us all close to the Lord because He is always close to us. May we recognize that God loves us and sends His Son to save us. We have been given enlightenment in the Holy Spirit. May Mary intercede for us as we serve her Son, Jesus Christ 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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