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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 29, 2015

The days are coming! How often we have heard that the end of the world is coming and we must be ready! Many people thought that the world would end at the beginning of the new millennium, January 1, 2000. Others thought that it would end at the end of the Mayan calendar. If we go to the internet, we can find more dates for the end of the world.

When will Jesus return? The Gospel today gives us no particular date, but reminds us that we must be ready at all times. What does it mean to be ready? The second reading today gives us these words from Saint Paul: you received from us how you should conduct yourselves to please God. Saint Paul asks that we may increase and abound in love for one another and for all. To be ready for the coming of the Lord is to seek to love more.

The day is coming! We don't know when. The Prophet Jeremiah in the first reading today is calling us to be aware of the promises of God. The Prophet is not trying to scare us, but to console us. God does what God has promised. For the Prophet Jeremiah, that promise includes raising up a just shoot for David, one who will do what is right and just in the land.

The day is coming! The day has come! Jesus appeared in our land, took on our flesh and died for us - and rose from the dead so that we might have life. We live today embracing that mystery and knowing that our personal lives will end and that our world will also end. The Prophet and Saint Paul and the Gospel today from Saint Luke are not trying to scare us. These inspired writings are seeking to draw us deeper into this mystery of faith that will bring us joy and delight in this life and life with Christ forever in the world to come.

Advent is about the coming of Jesus. Jesus comes into our world. Jesus comes into our personal lives. Jesus will come again at the end of our world. If we are not trying to love others because we have been loved, then we have not yet encountered the mystery of Jesus. We can encounter that mystery each day by trying to love others because we believe in Jesus. We can encounter that mystery each day in our Scriptures - but they must push us to love. We can encounter that mystery every day in the Mass and we can encounter that mystery every day in the mystery of the poor and downtrodden.

What does it take? A heart open to a mystery of God's presence, a heart open to realize that there is more to life than just what we touch and feel. We want to hear Jesus as He speaks to our hearts and invites us to know the world from His vision and His love. Advent! Christ has already come in our world! May Christ be in our hearts! May we always be ready for Him to come again.

This whole Advent we can long for the Lord, long for His presence in our lives and long for him to transform us. This longing is expressed in how we live. Come, Lord Jesus! Help us love one another and all others.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Jeremiah 33.14-16
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3.12 4.2
Gospel: Luke 21.25-28, 34-36

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


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