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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, January 15, 2017

Jesus is our Lord! John the Baptist gives this testimony but it also reflects the testimony of the whole of Jewish Scripture, which we call our Old Testament. Jesus is God with us, Emmanuel. Jesus comes to take the burden of our sins on Himself and becomes the Paschal Lamb. All of this simply reflects the fact that God loves us and give Himself to us and for us. And we can respond: Thanks be to God.

Our first reading today comes from the Prophet Isaiah. We could think of this reading as the Lord calling for a people to serve Him. We are used to vocations as individuals. Some of us are called to be married, some single, some consecrated religious, some parish priests, some are called to work for social justice, some are called to seek out and serve the poor, and so on. In our history, however, God has called the Jewish people to play a very special and particular role in the salvation of all of us humans. The Prophet Isaiah sees that God has called the Jewish people to be messengers of salvation for all of humanity. It is through the Jewish people that light has come into the world.

The second reading is from the First Letter to the Corinthians and is about the call of Saint Paul. Here Paul tells us that he has been called to be an apostle. He also tells us that the people of Corinth are called to be holy. This holiness is about serving god just as the call of the Jewish people is to serve the Lord God.

The Gospel of Saint John speaks to us today about John the Baptist once more, but in a special way. John the Baptist is called to point to the Lord, the Messiah. Today John the Baptist is so clear: Jesus is the One that I have been proclaiming. Listen to Him.

Just as Jesus is called to fulfill the will of the Father, so also we are called to live in our personal lives the call that God has put within us. Holiness is not about doing things but about responding to God because God has called us. Jesus is also called, even as He is the one who calls. Jesus always leads us to our Father.

What we must always remember is that the path which we are called to walk is always a path of suffering. We must die to ourselves in order to live more in God and in Christ Jesus. Most of are not happy about suffering and so we often do not embrace the Lord. May this New Year help us all embrace the Lord fully and walk with Him on the way to salvation.

Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 49.3, 5-6
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1.1-3
Gospel: John 1.29-34

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


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