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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 22, 2013

What a God we have! Our God loves us and always reaches out to us. Our God wants to save us from our brokenness and from all evil. This is a God who constantly is seeking our company and seeking our love and actively loving us. Some of us don't really believe that about God. Instead God is some kind of a disciplinarian who has His rules and we spend our lives trying to follow them or trying to evade them. Yet we are all called to believe in this God who loves us and who invites us to love Him.

Throughout all of our Scriptures we see God breaking into human history, telling us that He loves us. Yes, for sure, there are times when God presents a moral code to us. That way of living is not meant to kill us but it is meant to guide us so that we can have truly happy and joyful lives. Far too often we can misunderstand the intent of moral codes.

The focus of the first reading today, from the Prophet Isaiah, is that God Himself will send the Savior to us. We might be afraid to ask God for what we need and for what could help us. This is a very different kind of praying. Perhaps too often we ask for material help, for good things, for whatever. The prayer that we can have today is very simple: God, send me what I need to live a life of joy in your presence. Or we can pray as a community: God, send us what we need so that we can respond to your love with our own love.

The reading from the Letter to the Romans instructs us about the obedience of faith: doing whatever God invites us to do. This continues the joy of thinking of the birth of the Lord. Mary conceived by obedience to God's word. You and I will have our lives changed by obedience to that same word. We want to listen and to respond.

The Gospel today is about the response of Joseph to God's word. Once again this is a model of how we can respond: listen, believe and act. We listen by reading the Scriptures. We listen by paying attention to the teachings of the Church. We listen by loving one another. In all of this we choose to believe that God is present in a special way. The word to which we listen must become alive in our lives and we must act on that word.

May our love for God transform us! May the contemplation of His Word help us understand how to love others more! May our hearts go out to others and be transformed by that love! May Christ be born in our world and in our hearts and in every aspect of our human life!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 7.10-14
Second Reading: Romans 1.1-7
Gospel: Matthew 1.18-24

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


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