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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 27, 2015

Jesus, Mary and Joseph. This is the Holy Family. It is an unusual group and has even more unusual relationships within the family. Over the centuries we have come to recognize that all families are unique, even when they share much in common. This family group - Jesus, May and Joseph - is really unusual and yet completely normal. We hear practically nothing about this normal family until Jesus begins His public ministry.

The First Book of Samuel, from which our first reading today is taken, gives us another most unusual family, that of Samuel. How can we imagine a mother, who has longed for a child all her life, then giving that child away to the service of the temple? Incredible! These are stories of faith. We don't always like them but they are given to us to show how faith can impact our life. A true family, in the Scriptural sense, keeps working at living from faith and building the family relationships in faith.

The second reading is from the First Letter of Saint John, and speaks about how we are all children of God. This can remind us of that Gospel passage where Jesus tells us that his mother and brothers are those who hear the Word of God and put it into practice. In this sense we are all part of the Holy Family because we are brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers of the Lord Jesus. It can humble us to think this way, but we can recognize there are no perfect families. What moves us toward a perfect family is listening to the Word and striving to live it in our lives with faith and love.

Luke's Gospel today is the account of Jesus staying in Jerusalem and teaching in the temple when he was twelve years old! We can imagine the anxiety of his parents when they discover he is not with them. Yet Jesus does not apologize. Instead he states a simple truth: I must be about my Father's business.

For all of us this day, the deepest and most loving way of celebrating the Holy Family is to live as Jesus did: doing the will of the Father with love. Let us become truly the Holy Family of Jesus here on earth.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Sirach 3.2-6, 12-14
Second Reading: Colossians 3.12-21
Gospel: Luke 2.41-52

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


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