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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 9, 2012

This Sunday is always John the Baptist proclaiming the Messiah. It is wonderful and we can sense the joy of the Baptist. God is sending a Redeemer. We know that it does not turn out to be the kind of Redeemer for which many were hoping. This Redeemer is not a man of power and might in the way of the world.

Listen to the Prophet Baruch once again: God is leading Israel in joy by the light of his glory, with his mercy and justice for company. The Redeemer will bring joy, mercy and justice. Jesus teaches us how to live in joy with mercy and justice by his humility and poverty. This is not the kind of redemption for which people hope.

The Letter to the Philippians takes us the same theme: the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. The good work begun in us is faith, not power and might. Faith in a God who loves us. Faith in a God who sends us His Son to free us from sin.

The Gospel of Luke today gives us the words of the Baptist: Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. John the Baptist proclaims a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. It is the poor and the outcast who follow him. Occasionally a person of wealth and power gets interested in him. Some people seem to think that he is a fanatic.

This Advent presents us with the normal challenge of our faith: Who do we say that Jesus is? Who is Jesus in my life here and now? Do I want a Redeemer? What kind of a Redeemer?

Our God loves us and promises everlasting life in the world to come. In this life He only promises us suffering and trials - with a deep inner joy and peace if we live in faith. Advent reminds us to purify ourselves from all that is not of God. John the Baptist points the way for us in Advent: purify, repent, forgiveness. Yet we know that this message is to prepare us for the coming of One who loves us beyond all we can imagine and who wants us to share His life forever.

My sisters and brothers, let us walk the way of the Lord in this Advent and know the presence of the Savior in our lives. Come, Lord Jesus.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Baruch 5.1-9
Second Reading: Philippians 1.3-6, 8-11
Gospel: Luke 3.1-6

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


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