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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 29, 2013

We have just celebrated Christmas a few days ago and already it is the Sunday after Christmas. This is the day in our Church when we reflect on the mystery of the Holy Family, the relationship between Jesus, Mary and Joseph. This is not a normal family and yet it is entirely normal. We know that the love between these two spouses was incredible and was given focus in Jesus, the Son of Mary. We also know that Joseph was such a good father that Jesus was known as the Son of Joseph.

It is this love between Mary and Joseph that nurtured Jesus as a child. It was their love for God and their love for Jesus that deepened the relationship between Mary and Joseph. Jesus was obedient to His parents. It is that same listening to parents that forms children today.

Perhaps there is more challenge today when so many marriages end in divorce, when so many children are raised by single parents. Because the ideal is, perhaps, less present now than in the past, does not mean that we abandon the ideal. Many of us were raised in less than ideal families and yet can still recognize what the ideal is and why we continue to work towards that ideal.

The first reading today, from the Book of Sirach, expresses this ideal of the family in terms that we can understand, even if we might not express the ideal in the same way today. Mother, father and child. Relationships of love and acceptance and care for one another.

The second reading, from the Letter to the Colossians, speaks of forgiveness. In every family (and in every community) there must be generous forgiveness of one another because we humans always fall short of the ideal. It is in that falling short of the ideal that we also mature and come to understand more profoundly why the ideal is there for us.

Today's Gospel tells us of the flight into Egypt and the return and why Jesus is called a Nazorean. This speaks to the reality that in every family there can be crises caused by external events and measures must be taken to save one another.

Let us give thanks for the Holy Family and let us listen to the love present in the Holy Family. Let us ask for the healing of all relationships in our own families and in our communities. May Mary and Joseph intercede for us. Jesus has come to save us. Alleluia.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Sirach 3.2-6, 12-14
Second Reading: Colossians 3.12-21
Gospel: Matthew 2.13-15, 19-23

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


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