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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 7, 2014

The Prophet Isaiah wants us to hear the word of God: Comfort my people. Speak tenderly! This second Sunday of Advent is filled with warmth and with God's love. It is God who loves us, over and over. All through the history of salvation - that history of God seeking out His chosen people so that He can show His love to all peoples - God is looking for us, for you and for me and for every person who has ever lived. It is not just us who are seeking spiritual truths! No, it is God Himself who is seeking us out to draw us to Himself.

The Second Letter of Peter tries to reach our hearts by assuring us that according to his promise we await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Why would we await righteousness? Because if our eyes are open, there is unrighteousness around us in every age and it consumes our world. Those of us who live in relative comfort are unrighteous because the hunger and the needs of the poor don't touch our hearts. The hungry and the needy often lack righteousness becaue they covet what the wealthy have. Yet God assures us over and over that He takes His side with the poor and the needy because we who have don't share and don't even care.

Into our world comes John the Baptist. The Gospel of Mark today puts in front of us the figure of the Baptist, who preaches so clearly to us the need to repent. Do we repent? No often! Do we seek the way of the Lord? When it is convenient! The Baptist will cry out to us: Prepare the way of the Lord!

We should always trust in God's love for us. It is God inviting us to know His love. It is God who tells us that He does not come to condemn us. It is the same God who invites us to repent! Even though we find ourselves too comfortable and not worried about the poor and the needy, that can change. Conversion is not just a nice feeling. Conversion is not just thinking about God. Unless we change and begin to care for the poor and the needy in our actions, we have not yet embraced conversion. We want to follow Jesus as our Lord. Advent is the time to begin!!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 40.1-5, 9-11
Second Reading: 2 Peter 3.8-14
Gospel: Mark 1.1-8

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


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