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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, December 16, 2012

Be not discouraged! The Prophet Zephaniah lived some 600 years before Jesus Christ and was upset about the way people related to God in Jerusalem. While this prophet speaks of woe and destruction, he also speaks of the joy of serving God and the joy when all the people are faithful. That is what we are hearing today in the first reading. We should not be discouraged when things are rough because if we are faithful to God, then all will be well in the long run. This is not a message which tells us that all will be well no matter what we do. It is clear that all can be well if we are faithful to God.

The Letter to the Philippians has the same message today: Make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

The Letter to the Philippians again tells us that we will have peace if we make our ways know to God and ask Him to help us. Again, there is no promise that everything will be wonderful, but a promise that peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Luke's Gospel today tells us that John the Baptist preached the good news to the people. What was the good news? The good news is that we must repent: share what you have with others, be honest and satisfied with what is just.

Today, in much of modern culture, we want only happiness for ourselves and pleasure. All of today readings tell us that seeking our own happiness and pleasure will ultimately get us nowhere. We must seek God's will and the good of others if we want to be happy forever. The good news, the Gospel, is not an easy message for our time. On the other hand, it is the only recipe for true happiness. All the money of the world cannot make us happy. All the physical pleasures of the world cannot give us peace. All of the power of the world cannot make us rejoice. Only living with God daily is capable of that. We should never be fooled.

Does that mean that those who follow Jesus Christ are sad and deprived in this world because they know that they will rejoice in the world to come? Not at all. Doing God's will here and now makes wonderfully happy people, even if there is adversity and challenge in our lives.

So on this Third Sunday of Advent, we sing about joy and gladness and rejoicing! Let us delight in the Lord and come to the deepest joys possible by doing His will.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Zephaniah 3.14-18a
Second Reading: Philippians 4.4-7
Gospel: Luke 3.10-18

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


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