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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)
Please contact the office
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, December 13, 2015

The joy of Advent! The joy that come into our hearts as we think of God becoming a baby in order to save us from ourselves and from all that is evil. The readings today remind us once again: God loves us beyond anything that we can imagine and comes always in humility to seek us and to save us.

The first reading today is from the Prophet Zephaniah and expresses again how God struggled with the Chosen People, our ancestors in the faith, and occasionally won their return to Him. How often that is the same with us! If only we would be one hundred percent loyal to God and to His will every moment of our lives! Instead, human life is a struggle to allow God to draw us to Himself.

He second reading is from the Letter to the Philippians and reminds us that God is always near to us. It also reminds us that our death is near. This should not be scary for us, but only reminds us that we humans are born to die. When we die we can be with the Lord in an entirely new way which is only possible through death. We are not allowed to hasten our death but we should be able to look forward to death without fear. Why? Because God is with us and seeks us out and forgives us when we turn to Him. We can hear these words repeated in our hearts: the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

The Gospel today, from Saint Luke, presents us with John the Baptist, preaching the Good News to the people. Good news! That is the Gospel: God's good news of salvation to us!

We see John the Baptist telling people how to live. There are no impossible conditions of salvation. People don't have to do weird things. No, they must only live honestly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God! John the Baptist is repeating the advice of the Prophet Micah - which is valid for all times and for us. This is not a God who demands the impossible, who makes life difficult for us. This is a God who loves us and reaches out to us and draws us to Himself.

The challenge of Advent every year is this: God comes into our world and into our personal lives - will we accept Him and walk with him? He will continue to seek us throughout our lives. No matter how often we turn from Him, He will be there with us with His love. Come, let us walk with the Lord!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Zephaniah 3.14-18a
Second Reading: Philippians 4.4-7
Gospel: Luke 3.10-18

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


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