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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

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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
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Sacrament of Matrimony
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
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Sacrament of the Sick
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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
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St. Vincent de Paul Society
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, November 17, 2013

Clearly we are invited to look at the end of the world today and to reflect on the reality that we shall all die one day. We will die. There is no way around it. And the world will end. There is no way around it. When these events will happen, we do not know. We do know that most likely our own death will happen before the end of the world happens!

The Prophet Malachi speaks about the destruction of all that is not of God. You and I will need purification in order to live completely with God. The challenge for us is to accept purification and allow the Lord to burn away in us all that does not help us to do His will. That sounds so easy and yet we know in daily life that doing the will of God is something that we must work at.

You and I must go through purification in this life because we are seeking to serve the Lord. The more purification that we go through here, the less is needed after death. In neither case should be fear such purification. Purification is a result of loving God and allowing God to take away all that impedes this love. Even in purgatory, according to Saint Catherine of Genoa, the persons there know only God's love for them.

In this life, you and I need to know God's love for us. It is in responding to that love that we will be purified.

The Second Letter to the Thessalonians urges us all to work. There is no sense thinking that the world will end and that we will die and therefore there is no need to work any longer. The end is here. From the point of view of the Gospel, this is just foolishness. No one knows the day or the hour. We do not know when we will die or when the world will end. We know that we will die and we know that the world will end. But no one except God knows the time.

The Gospel of Luke speaks about all of the signs of the end times. Those signs are present in every age. Perhaps they are stronger in one age more than another, but they are always present. The world is always ending! We know that in the early Church some people got fascinated by this and spent their lives thinking about the end. Even today some people do that. The Gospel wants us to focus on the love of Christ and on sharing that love with others. There is no reason to be spending our time thinking of the end in a non-productive way. If we think of the end of the world and it helps us give more love and care to others, that is very good. If we think of the end of the world and it helps us live more faithful our present life, that is also very good.

The Scriptures are given to us to lead to us know God, to love God and to love one another. Sisters and brothers, let us give our lives over to the Lord, in His service, sharing His love with one another.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Malachi 4.1-2
Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3.7-12
Gospel: Luke 21.5-19

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


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