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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

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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
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
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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
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, December 28, 2014

We celebrate the Holy Family today. The readings talk mostly about Abraham and Sarah, until the Gospel, when we see the child Jesus with His parents. Why Abraham and Sarah? Because their child was also a surprise.

In the Book of Genesis, God promises Abraham a son with Sarah. Nothing happens. They begin to think that God must have meant something else. Sarah gives Abraham her servant, Hagar, to have a child with. God returns to tell them: No, Sarah will have a son with Abraham. That brings lots of laughter. Abraham and Sarah are so old they know that it is impossible. The lesson for them and for us: nothing is impossible for God.

The Letter to the Hebrews goes even further with the story of Abraham and Sarah. Abraham is put to the test and told to sacrifice Isaac, his only son. What an odd story this is. The teaching is clear, however: we do God's will and God will watch over us. We must be prepared to sacrifice all that is most dear to us.

The Gospel from Luke today is about the presentation of Jesus in the temple. Again, it is a gentle family scene, with two parents bringing their child to give that child to the Lord. In the temple, both Simeon and Anna recognize in some mysterious way that this child is the One sent by God, a special child indeed. How they recognize Him we do not know. That they do recognize Him is clear from the story.

We return to the theme of the Holy Family. What an unusual family this is! When we begin to reflect, however, we might see that every family is unique and special and unusual. Some families have one child, some have several, some have lots of children. Some families seem to go through life without much challenge and others seem to be challenged all the time. This Holy Family went through periods, as far as we know, without many problems and then there was suffering. We don't know when Saint Joseph dies. We do know of the suffering of this special child.

We are invited to reflect today on the mystery of this Holy Family and on the mystery of our own families and on the mystery of what it is to be a family. In all of this, if we see deeply, we see the face of God who loves us.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Genesis 15.1-6; 17.3b-5, 15-16; 21.1-7++
Second Reading: Hebrews 11.8, 11-12, 17-19
Gospel: Luke 2.22-40

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


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