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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
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Blessings (home, vehicle, workplace)
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Visiting the sick and elderly at home
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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
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for Sunday, November 18, 2012

Although we do not generally spend a lot of time thinking about the end of the world or about what will happen when the world ends, there are times when such thinking is more common. When we came to the year 2000, there was much speculation about the end of the world. Today, people are concerned about December 21, 2012, when the Mayan calendar ends. At other times, there have been other dates that were seen as the end of the world.

Obviously, my world ends when I die - at least in some sense. For those of us who believe in eternal life, the world does not end nor do I end. At my death, my own world is transformed. For all of us, this physical world as we know it will end some day, whether we are here or not. This is not some esoteric belief, but simply the facts that relate to physical matter.

The concern in the Scriptures today has two points: that everyone will be judged and that how we live now is important for the world to come.

We hear first from the Book of Daniel about some kind of judgment or decision about those who have died. Some will awake, some will remain asleep and yet others will rise to a more terrible fate.

In Mark's Gospel today, the image is different. An angel goes and gathers all the elect. The fate of the non-elect, if there are any, is not spoken about.

Sometimes we forget that our actions now are in some mysterious way related to our life after death. Salvation is entirely a gift of God and yet the way that we live is still important. If God is every day inviting us to live His life and we are consistently refusing that invitation, why should we think it will be different in eternal life? If God is inviting us and every day we try to live His life, this is our goal.

God wants us. It is as simple as that. God invites us daily to accept His love. All of the literature about the end of the world and about judgment can be reduced to this: God wants us. God invites us to choose Him. If we try to respond, then our world is transformed. It does not matter if the world ends today: we are already with God.

We could conclude with the Letter to the Hebrews. We have a High Priest now who actually pardons sins: by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated. Let us pray that we may be among the consecrated!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Daniel 12.1-3
Second Reading: Hebrews 10.11-14, 18
Gospel: Mark 13.24-32

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


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