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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
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Blessings (home, vehicle, workplace)
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Visiting the sick and elderly at home
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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
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for Sunday, January 5, 2014

Almost always people remember the story of the Three Kings. When we ask about Epiphany, very few people know what it is or that it has any relationship to the Three Kings. The story of the Three Kings sticks in popular imagination. There is something magical about three kings coming together and following a star that leads them to a small manger where a little child is born: and the Child is God Himself. Wow!

Epiphany just means revelation. It is a word that expresses how the divine shines through our ordinary life. It is a word to speak of the divinity of this little child shining forth from Him from the very beginning of His life. The Three Kings, in their story, know that they are looking for the one who will be born a king. This is why their story threatens Herod.

If Jesus Christ is truly God, then He threatens everyone who does not believe. But not in the way that we ordinarily think. Christ threatens us with love. Jesus, this little child, contains all of divinity within Him and comes to save us - not to threaten our lives in a bad way, but to threaten us with divine love. So many of us find it difficult to believe that there is a God and even more that this God is all about love and not about judgment. It is much easier to live in relationship to a threatening God and simply try to do what is right in fear and trembling. It is much more difficult to stand in front of a God who is constantly telling us that He loves us and forgives us. This God is constantly reminding us that we can live in wonderful ways.

Some of the early Christian writers even state boldly that God comes as a child in order not to threaten us. The life of Jesus unfolds in a way that is love and care for others, a speaking of the truth but without menacing us. We all know the difference between a person who rubs our face in the truth and hurts us and a person who loves us and still is able to speak truth to us and tries never to harm us. We know this in small and human ways and yet find it so difficult to accept a God who loves us in Divine Ways and still shows us a road that leads to freedom and not to slavery to sin.

The Prophet Isaiah speaks over and over of God's tenderness, God's love for His people, God's willingness to take on suffering for us. Today Isaiah invites us all to rise up in splendor because the light of God completes enfolds us and draws us to life in divinity.

The Letter to the Ephesians affirms another aspect of this wonderful solemnity: God chooses all peoples and every person. God wants the salvation of all. No one is excluded from the heavenly banquet.

The Gospel of Matthew returns us to the story of the Three Kings, the Magi, who seek the Lord. May we seek the Lord. May the divine light draw us, you and me, to the Christ Child so that we may follow Him to His death and rejoice in His Resurrection. Glory to God for His love for us! Glory to God for salvation! Glory to God who invites each and every one to share in the Divine Life. Amen. Alleluia.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 60.1-6
Second Reading: Ephesians 3.2-3a, 5-6
Gospel: Matthew 2.1-12

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


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