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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, January 12, 2014

The Holy Spirit is our focus today as this Spirit comes down upon Jesus. Once the Holy Spirit has come upon the Lord Jesus, then the Lord Jesus begins His public ministry. It is the Spirit that drives Jesus into the desert and the Spirit that He gives to us when He dies.

Already in Isaiah 42, the first reading today, we can sense this deep longing for a savior who will have the spirit of God guiding him. All of us want to be saved when we find ourselves in difficult places of life. We are invited to meet the Lord Jesus as our Savior. Isaiah reflects the longing of the people and in time the Savior comes who brings light into the darkness.

Jesus can bring light into our darkness if we let Him do that. It is important that we come to see how we deal with the darkness around us. What do we do when we feel conflict, when we are aware of our own brokenness, when we are tempted to things not good for us? Quite often we do nothing until we find ourselves with problems in our lives because of our actions!

What do we do when others cause problems in our lives? What do we do when outside circumstances create difficulties for us? What do we do when we lose a job, when we don't have enough money, when life seems impossible? Looking at how we respond to life tells us about our belief in a Savior.

The reading from the Acts of the Apostles today tells us that whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him. Do we even think of God? Do we ask the help of God? Do we have a confidence that God will get us through every situation? We are invited to live in the Spirit as Jesus did and begin to trust completely that God will walk with us and show us the way!

The Gospel of Matthew today shows us the baptism of Jesus. The life of Jesus changes from this point forward in a way that we can see. Jesus walks with God and begins to relate to others, proclaiming the Kingdom of God. May we come to rejoice in our own baptism and to know that we are changed. May we live our lives as people called by the Lord to proclaim His Kingdom. We can only do this if we are completely open to His help, to a complete conversion, to an awareness that nothing else in life really has meaning outside of the Kingdom. My sisters and brothers, let us walk in the light of the Lord!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 42.1-4, 6-7
Second Reading: Acts 10.34-38
Gospel: Matthew 3.13-17

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


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