St. Norbert's Roman Catholic Church - Info Sheet Print Close

All are Welcome
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
Quick Info Sheet Follow Us on Facebook Visit us on Twitter St. Norbert's on YouTube Online Offering

for Sunday, December 8, 2013

Repent! This is such a strong word for all people. Yet it only means to change course. It is admission that our lives are off course and we must correct our course. Sometimes that repentance is a total change of course and sometimes it is just a slight correction of our course.

What is our course? Always and at every moment: what God wants of us. So to repent for us is to seek God's will and to attempt to do God's will. Advent invites us always to deepen our awareness of the ways in which God comes into our lives and to seek to live according to God's will. The best example of such following of Jesus is the example of Mary, His mother.

The Prophet Isaiah recognized many centuries ago that we are unable to change our course by ourselves. We need to have God. We need to have a Savior. With his gift of prophecy, given by God, he foresaw the Peaceable Kingdom, recognizing the child who would come and be the Savior. In Advent we are invited to look with the Prophet Isaiah at our world and to recognize that even though the Savior has come, we are personally still in need of that Savior. We can also recognize that the world as a whole has not accepted the Savior.

Yet so many people yearn for the Peaceable Kingdom, where all is peace and all is harmony and where there is no fear but only love and care for one another.

The Letter to the Romans, in the second reading today, puts it this way: Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God. How different our world would be if each one of us welcomed everyone else as Christ has welcomed us! It is really difficult to believe that God wants us to do this. Yet it is the heart of the Gospel and the heart of following Jesus as Lord.

So we return to repentance in the Gospel of Matthew today and realize that we are being called by God to this repentance. We are being asked personally by God to change our course into the course of God. We will be given all power and strength to do this if only we set out to do it. Jesus Himself assures us in His life, death and resurrection that we will have life if we follow Him daily.

Let us start now, on this Sunday of Advent, to seek His will, to do His will and always to rejoice in the love that has been given to us. May John the Baptist be our model: in all things he pointed to Jesus Christ.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 11.1-10
Second Reading: Romans 15.4-9
Gospel: Matthew 3.1-12

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


Reflections are available for the following Sundays:


St. Norbert's Church - Toronto