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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
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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
Please contact the office
Youth Group
Please contact the office
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for Sunday, January 11, 2015

Water! Each of the readings today refers to water and to its effects in our lives. We all know that we cannot live without water for very long. The image today is saying that without the water of divine wisdom and the water of divine compassion, we will perish. For us, that water is Jesus Christ, who refreshes our soul.

The Prophet Isaiah has led us all through Advent and through Christmas and now we come to the beginning of Ordinary Time, and the Prophet Isaiah is still teaching us. He tells us: All who are thirsty, come to the water! Water here is the symbol of all that we need to live. God will give it to us. Water is the symbol of life. God will give it to us. Water is the symbol of abundance. God will give it to us. Isaiah has a total confidence in this God who has revealed Himself to Him. Isaiah wants us to have that confidence as well.

Why should we have confidence? Because, Isaiah tells us, the word of God will accomplish all that it sets out to do. This takes a huge amount of faith on our part. Yet if we listen to the whole tradition of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, this is always the promise of God to us, His people.

The second reading, from the First Letter of Saint John, speaks to this very point: Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the real test for one who believe: to believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Somehow God leads us to this belief. At times we believe because faith has been handed down to us. Yet we must come to believe because we ourselves have encountered the living God. This also is a challenge throughout the ages. There are multitudes who believe because their belief is inherited. God wants to challenge us to believe because we have encountered Him.

The Gospel from Mark today, of course, is about the baptism of the Lord. It is a very short account and is clear: something happened at the baptism and the other followers of John the Baptist recognized it, but people only understood it as the life of Jesus unfolded and particularly after His Resurrection. And a voice came from the heavens, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."

We are invited on this Sunday to deepen our faith, to be able to recognize that the voice from heaven is the voice of God Himself, speaking to Jesus His Son. In Jesus is our salvation. We are invited to believe. Water can remind us each day that we also are invited to be baptized in Him, our Savior.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 42.1-4, 6-7
Second Reading: Acts 10.34-38
Gospel: Mark 1.7-11

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


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