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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)
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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 25, 2012

Although there are few kings or queens left in the modern world, we still understand the idea of kingship somewhat. For earlier peoples, the king was the center of civil life, of decisions, of life and death and of everything important in his realm. Our Jewish ancestors asked to have a king so that they could be like other nations. God did not want to give them a king, but finally gave in to them. This simplifies the history of our Jewish ancestors but helps us understand a bit the idea of kingship.

Jesus denies that he is this kind of king. He tells us in the Gospel today that he is a king, but not the type of king of this world. His kingdom is not here, but is in the world to come. Because His kingdom is not of this world, no one can destroy it.

The first aspect of the kingdom of Jesus in the Gospel today is truth. We must be committed to seeking the truth. This is not easy in a world that puts pleasure and power and possessions as the primary truths. Instead, Jesus always tells us that there is an inner truth: the plan of God for our lives. Jesus describes this as the will of His Father. Jesus Himself tells us that He only does the will of the Father.

The Book of Daniel speaks in symbols about this kingdom. This book gives us a vision of life after death, but in symbols and images. The kingdom of God will be when everyone acknowledges God and does God's will, just as Jesus does. Today, we want to believe that our will is more important. We humans continue to seek what we want instead of seeking what God wants. This is true in all of salvation history and is not new to our times.

What is new today is that more and more people no longer believe in God and that there is a strong focus today to reshape our world so that what we want becomes god. We humans now believe that we are the ones who decide what is right and wrong, according to our own terms. This is not God's kingdom, but a false kingdom.

The Book of Revelation today speaks of Jesus as the firstborn of the dead, the witness, the ruler of all kings and one who is making us into His kingdom. This is the heart of today's teaching: will we follow Jesus Christ and belong to His kingdom?

To do that, according to the New Testament, the scriptures accepted by Christians, we must walk the way of the Cross as He did. We must accept His teachings about how to live. We must accept the whole of the Scriptures as the inspired Word of God. We must be part of the Church which he established. We must seek for the truth which He gives us.

Do we want to be part of the kingdom? Do we acknowledge Christ as our king? Do we accept the truths which He gives to us in His Church? If we do, we will suffer. More and more in the present age, we are called to suffer as we follow Christ. The readings all tell us this: have courage: you will suffer in this world, but you will belong to Christ forever and rejoice with him in the kingdom.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Daniel 7.13-14
Second Reading: Revelation 1.5-8
Gospel: John 18.33b-37

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


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