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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 23, 2012

Christmas is almost here. Just a few more days! The word of God is seeking to open our hearts to the great mystery that we will be celebrating in the Birth of the Savior. In order to understand a bit more about Jesus, we have to understand a lot more about all the Scriptures that went before Him and point to Him.

The first reading today, from the Prophet Micah, speaks about a future ruler of Israel who will come from Bethlehem. This brought about among some of the chosen people an understanding that a Messiah, a Savior, would come from Bethlehem. Thus when the three Magi ask, they are directed to Bethlehem.

Just as today, not everyone believes in Jesus Christ or in His Church, so also in the time before Jesus, not everyone believed that the Jewish prophets had any special insight or understanding of God's ways. Yet the whole of Jewish Scripture keeps referring to some future figure who will do great things for the people.

Of course, there was the hope for a political Messiah, a Savior who make the chosen people dominant on the earth. That is never the deepest promise of the Scriptures. Even today, secular cultures look for a messiah and a savior in the political leaders. Every election in free countries seems to be about who can give us a better deal. This is just the opposite of the promises of Scripture.

The promise of Scripture proclaims this: do God's will and you will have life eternal.

Just as in the time of Jesus, so also today, most people look for something more, something in this life, something that will give me pleasure, power and control right now. Jesus states: My kingdom is not of this world.

The Letter to the Hebrews keeps this reality before us. It is not some external reality that God wants. God wants our hearts and our beings, completely. God wants us to seek Him and to do His will. Not only that, God's plan is a plan of happiness that the world cannot offer.

The Gospel of Luke today presents us the Mary's visit to Elizabeth. This is such a gentle scene and reflects the very best of humanity. One cousin going to help an older cousin as she prepares to give birth. Each will give birth to an important religious figure. It is when we serve others that we encounter Jesus Christ. It is when we give ourselves in love that we find that we are loved. It is the simple and ordinary that we find contemplative delight.

Let us live these last days of Advent, waiting, serving, loving and trusting that the Lord is transforming our lives in Christ Jesus.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Micah 5.2-5a
Second Reading: Hebrews 10.5-10
Gospel: Luke 1.39-45

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


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