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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 1, 2013

Stay awake! And I am not talking about the homily. We are speaking about the Lord Jesus, who wants us to be alert and to be aware that salvation is in our midst, now and always. Stay awake! It is so easy to miss the beauty of the Lord in every moment of our lives. Stay awake because the Lord promises to be with us now and always. We are beginning this wonderful preparation for Christmas. We begin Advent, the waiting and the longing for the coming of the Lord.

Isaiah, in our first reading today, has incredible images. We have to think of Jerusalem and then think of the mountain of the Lord. Mount Zion—it is really just a hill in Jerusalem—is the center of the earth because it is where God dwells. God is calling all men and women, all nations and peoples, to come and follow His way of life: living in the divine love and rejoicing in the gifts of God. The greatest gift of all is the gift of Jesus as our Savior. This Advent is the time to prepare once more to celebration Jesus in the flesh.

In order to understand this enormous mystery, we have to understand a bit of its history, starting with creation and the formation of the Jewish people, the chosen people, who are the delight of God. We can take some time in Advent to think about the incredible history of salvation, all pointing to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The images of Isaiah all invite us to walk in the light of the Lord.

That light is to be found in the Scriptures, in creation itself, in the Church (even with all of its sinfulness) and in one another. Only if we have eyes of faith will we begin to see the light of the Lord.

The Letter to the Romans also speaks about living in the light and throwing off all that leaves us in darkness. Easier said than done, but it is the work of our whole life. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh. As we walk through this Advent, striving to live in light, we can keep our hearts and our minds fixed on the love that God has for us. This is the only way to make no provision for the desires of the flesh. Dwell in His love. Be aware of His love. Delight in His love.

The Gospel tells us to be ready. God can come to us at any times. For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. This is not meant to frighten us in any bad way, but to help us remain alert and waiting for the Lord at every moment. What a different life we have when we are looking for the Lord in everything that happens to us and in all that we do! Let us walk in the light of the Lord! What joy we can have and what rejoicing with one another in the Lord.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 2.1-5
Second Reading: Romans 13.11-14
Gospel: Matthew 24.37-44

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


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