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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 2, 2012

God Himself has promised us salvation. God Himself promises to watch over us and to be with us. God never promises us that everything will be wonderful and that we will have everything that we want. Instead, God promises us freedom from sin and life everlasting. These are probably not very exciting ideas in our present age, when no one believes in sin. At least it often appears that way.

Advent is a time for a new beginning. Each of us can look into his or her heart and wonder if we are truly seeking God. The more that we seek to follow Jesus Christ, it seems, the more we realize that we are sinners. This awareness does not make us feel sad about ourselves. Instead, it simply helps us understand that we fall short of what He invites us to live. So as we follow Him, we realize more and more that we need the forgiveness of our sins.

The Book of Jeremiah sets out for us the goal of this Advent. He is our justice. It is not the world that is our justice. It is not the present world that is our justice. It is not the political parties, wherever we are, that are justice. Only God is justice. Only Jesus Christ is justice.

The First Letter to the Thessalonians is so clear this Sunday: brothers and sisters, we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that, as you received from us how you should conduct yourselves to please God - and as you are conducting yourselves - you do so even more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

We know what Jesus calls us to live. All we have to do is open our hearts and our minds. So much of the present world wants to change His words so that whatever civil society calls holy is now holy. This is not the Word of the Lord. The Word of the Lord Jesus is always clear: Repent and believe the Gospel. Live in purity. Live in love of one another, but a chaste love. Serve the poor. Love your enemies. Seek God in all things.

The Gospel of Luke then warns us that the end can come at any time. We have heard this for the past two Sundays, at the end of Ordinary Time. Be vigilant at all times is what we need to hear. Not because we must live in fear, but because we want to grow in love. When the end comes, we want to be people of love.

Advent is the time to prepare our hearts once again so that Christ can continue His Incarnation within each one of us. He wants to possess us entirely and invites us to follow Him. If we follow Him, we becomes strangers to the ways of the world. It is a process. Sometimes He demands that we follow Him immediately. At other times, He invites us. Sometime we cannot resist His call. At other times, we are uneasy about being so radical.

May this Advent transform our lives so that we become completely faithful in the following the Lord Jesus Christ.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Jeremiah 33.14-16
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3.12 4.2
Gospel: Luke 21.25-28, 34-36

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


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