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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 25, 2011

Break out together in song, O ruins of Jerusalem! For the LORD comforts his people, he redeems Jerusalem - the Prophet Isaiah always has words that evoke within us a sense of God's presence and God's love for us. It is so wonderful to live now and to be aware of the fulfillment of the prophecies.

Last night at Midnight Mass, the Prophet spoke about darkness being replaced by light. Today it is as if the Prophet has run before us all night, bringing tidings of salvation. We can almost hear the sound of the feet running to every part of creation: God is saving us! God has sent His Son! God loves us! The Lord is bringing comfort to us, His people.

The Letter to the Hebrews picks this up and reminds us that in the past, God used all kinds of means to communicate to His people, but now God sends us His own Son. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews speaks almost as if he himself does not believe that God would send His own Son. God no longer speaks in partial or diverse ways: the Word of God is now given to us.

So we have the opening of the Gospel of John today, reaffirming that the Word has taken on our flesh and dwells in our midst. This is totally unbelievable - and yet is true. God has chosen to live among us, the glory of God in fullness of grace and truth is in our midst. Not only does God live among us now, this God gives us grace upon grace.

What can this mean for us? This question was surely in the minds of those who first encountered the Son of God and began to believe. What can this mean? Even the Shepherds in their fields wondered about the meaning of the strange happenings.

Perhaps today we miss the newness of this reality because we have become accustomed to it. Yet if we take the time to meditate and pray on this great solemnity, it becomes new and fresh within us also. We humans so often have to take time to savor what is happening around us in order to understand it and experience it in depth.

May the joy and good tidings of this Christmas celebration renew us in gratitude and in wonder.

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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