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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 15, 2013

All that is dead can come to life. All that is destroyed can be restored. All that harms can become grace and helpful. Lots of us have questioned the existence of evil and harm and hatred in our world and have longed for good and help and love. Can we really believe that such good things might actually happen? This is the promise of the Messiah, the Savior!

Of course such transformations don't always occur when we want them to or at our beck and call. Instead, the work of God is the most subtle of artistic works in our world. The Prophet Isaiah was able to see the good and the help and the love that others could not see because he had faith.

The second reading today, from James, has a bit of this same mystery and awe. It is expressed in this way: You too must be patient. We could even paraphrase that short statement and restate it as: be still before the Lord and wait in patience.

We miss so much by rushing about and not looking deeply. We miss so much by not meditating on what happens around us. We miss the presence of God in the ordinary happenings of life by not looking for His presence there.

The Gospel today tells us again about John the Baptist, who was proclaiming another person who would come after him. John the Baptist seems unsure and Jesus sends only the reply: look at what I do!

Again we are invited to contemplate what is happening around us. We do not need to have some special force from heaven come into our midst. You and I are already that force if we will just take the time to look and to listen and to respond to what we see and hear.

Advent! Christ is coming again! Advent! Christ is already here in our midst and we pay Him no attention. Advent! Let us be still, let us listen and let us respond to the presence of the Lord. He comes to save us. He comes to love us.

Lord Jesus, truly you are my Lord. Guide me in your paths so that I may recognize your presence which surrounds me now. Lead me in the path of life eternal.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 35.1-6a, 10
Second Reading: James 5.7-10
Gospel: Matthew 11.2-11

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


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