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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 14, 2014

God breaks into our world, seeking to love us and to draw us to Himself. The Prophet Isaiah begins the readings today, telling us that he rejoices because this is the time of salvation. Isaiah proclaims joy to the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives and the prisoners. This is a joy from God who loves them and us all, just as we are, and invites us to the banquet of eternal life. God Himself will make justice and praise spring up in front of the nations.

Such belief is a real challenge for us today. Will there really be justice? Will people praise God? It seems so very unlikely and yet it is the promise of a savior who will come to change all things. It is a promise of the Savior who has come and who has changed all things even when we cannot see it.

The First Letter to the Thessalonians makes us pay even more attention because it is a prayer that we will be blameless and perfectly holy for the coming of the Lord. This can only be through a divine intervention! We ourselves are not capable of this and yet it is the prayer of the Apostle Paul for us.

The focus of this Sunday is on joy and especialy the joy of Saint John the Baptist, who comes to proclaim another who is greater than he. The Gospel of John makes it clear that the people did not understand John the Baptist and some though that John the Baptist was the savior. John is so clear in his denial: I am not HE! John the Baptist has John describe himself as simply a voice crying in the desert: prepare the way of the Lord.

You are I are invited to be voices in the desert. We are invited to rejoice in the Lord today on this Gaudete Sunday, the Sunday of rejoicing in the middle of Advent. You and I are invited to go before the Lord so that others can recognize Him.

If we are to proclaim this day of the Lord, then we must believe that Jesus is the Savior and that the world is completely changed, even when we do not see it. The world is transformed and we must strive to live out that tranformation. Our lives have changed radically in the Resurrection of the Lord and we want to live in the power of that Resurrection.

We seek to know the Lord more deeply in this time of Advent. These readings can open us up more completely to the Word. These readings can form us in the joy of the Risen Lord, the joy of the awaited Savior, the joy of God's love.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 61.1-2a, 10-11
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24
Gospel: John 1.6-8, 19-28

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


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