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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, November 30, 2014

Come, Lord Jesus! This is the cry of the Church throughout all of Advent. This cry must come from the depths of our hearts. Our hearts must be formed by the words that God has given us through His holy Scriptures. Little by little our hearts become aware of the Lord and seek the Lord. Where else can we seek Him except in the living Word that He has given us in Jesus Christ? Where else except in the words give to us in the Scriptures?

The Prophet Isaiah speaks to us on this First Sunday of Advent: Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down! And then he adds: O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands. We could spend all of Advent with these words in our hearts. Come, O Lord. We are the clay and you are the potter. Form us in your image because by ourselves we can do nothing. Without You, we are nothing.

The First Letter to the Corinthians then tells us: God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. It is this faithfulness of the Lord that truly allows us to be and to grow and to seek the Lord. We try so many other things, we look for so many other things, we seek so much that is not God - and yet in the midst of it all, our hearts are seeking that which is the meaning of our life: the One who always loves us and calls us to Himself.

The Gospel of Mark today is so short! The message is so clear! Be watchful. Be alert! Our whole being needs to respond to the Lord. He is coming to us and we miss Him so very often because we do not expect Him to come in the ways in which He reveals Himself. It is always the same. Jesus comes in every age in the poor, the outcast, the lowly, the despised - all those that we reject. Stay awake! Be alert!

Why are we not alert? Because we get distracted by so many things: by our pleasures, by our desires, by our angers, by our laziness, by our jealousies. And we are just humans! How can He expect us to be alert and to keep watch. There is only one possible solution: let us love Him more and more. Then we will want Him more and more. Then we will wait for Him more and more. Come, Lord Jesus.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 63.16b-17; 64.1, 3-8
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1.3-9
Gospel: Mark 13.31-37++

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


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