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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 30, 2012

Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house? Jesus is a precocious child and one who causes astonishment. Even when he is older, his neighbors and friends do not understand Him. It is easy to reject someone when we know them.

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. Jesus, Mary and Joseph are a family like no other family. Yet the basic elements are there: mother, father and child—all united in love and commitment. We celebrate this Holy Family because we can learn so much about family from this most unusual family. We can learn about God working in families by meditating on this Holy Family.

The first reading, from the First Book of Samuel, is the story of another child who came as a promise and who was then offered to God. It is not easy for mothers or fathers to hand their children over into the unknown and to trust that God will do great things with their children. Both Hannah and Mary recognize that God is at work in the child given to them. They are in awe of the mystery and let go of their possession of their own child. Samuel takes on a great role in the chosen people and is revered. Jesus causes astonishment and becomes a stumbling block to many people.

The First Letter of John shows us the role of Jesus in our lives: we are His friends and invited to live as friends. We are children of the Father and invited to live as children of God. We are empowered in the Holy Spirit and invited to live by the power of the Holy Spirit. Believe in Jesus and love one another. The commandment of love is so simple and so difficult.

The Gospel of Luke tells us about Jesus in the temple at an early age. More importantly it tells us that Jesus knew what He was supposed to do, even as a child, and did it. This is Jesus: faithful to the Father's will, faithful to the Spirit given to Him.

For you and me, there is an invitation to live as the Holy Family lived, especially in seeking God's will and striving to do it. It is not easy to follow such a simple path. It will always cost us to follow God's will. There is nothing more important in this life than knowing and doing God's will. Let us ask the Holy Family to help us today to live in faithfulness to the will of God. Let us ask Hannah and Mary to show us how to give up that which we love the most for the sake of the love of God.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Sirach 3.2-6, 12-14
Second Reading: Colossians 3.12-21
Gospel: Luke 2.41-52

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


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