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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
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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, January 8, 2012

A lot of Christians love this story of the Magi. We should note, of course, that they are not called Kings, as we often think of them. They are magicians of some kind, perhaps men who sought to foretell the future, men who were acknowledged as wise in seeing the depths of others or of situations.

The section of the Gospel of Saint Matthew is about Christ our Lord becoming known to all peoples, especially to the non - Jewish peoples. Just as Jesus comes to save all of us, so He must become known to all of us - all the peoples throughout the earth.

The basic meaning of Epiphany is that something unknown becomes known. It could be translated as revelation or probably better: a revealing of the truth that is already present.

The Prophet Isaiah, and many of the other prophets, had foretold that someone God would become known to all peoples. Perhaps many of the Jewish people had some idea of earthly dominance, but many of the pious Jews realized that God always did the unexpected and so could be relied on once more to do something unexpected. Yet Jesus Christ comes as a fulfillment of the prophecies, the expected One, yet His presence is totally unexpected.

Our sisters and brothers in the Eastern Churches spend a lot of time reflecting on the clash between what was expected and what actually happened. It is a wonderful gift to recognize that Christ comes as king, but not the type of king that we expected. Christ comes to free His people, but the free is interior and not exterior. Christ comes to save us all, but comes as a baby, born in time and subject to the Law. All of this is the stuff of poetry and love.

Today's second reading, from the Letter to the Ephesians, states it all once more: the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Most of us are the Gentiles. A few of us may be born Jewish and yet still be Catholics.

As we recognize the wonder of the Magi, we also can give ourselves to worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth. God invites us to question, to wonder, to challenge - but ultimately, to believe and to adore. Come, let us adore Him because He has appeared for us today.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 60.1-6
Second Reading: Ephesians 3.2-3a, 5-6
Gospel: Matthew 2.1-12

Homily from Abbot Philip, OSB, of the Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert.


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