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Pastor: Fr. Gigi Philip
Administrative Assistant: Cynthia Livera

Sunday Masses
Saturday5:00 PMEnglish,
Singles for Christ Choir
Sunday9:00 AMItalian
Italian Choir
10:30 AMEnglish,
Children's Liturgy
Organist/Soloist
12:00 PMEnglish,
Couples for Christ 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
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament till 8:00 PM
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)
Contact
100 Regent Road
North York, Ontario M3K 1H3
Phone: 416-636-0213
Fax: 416-636-9431
office@stnorbertschurch.org
www.stnorbertschurch.org
Confession
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 www.vocationstoronto.ca, 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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Reflections
for Sunday, December 23, 2018

Today's readings afford us the opportunity to focus on our individual wills in relation to the Advent of Our Lord and Savior. John Cassian, an early Church father, wrote in his First Conference that the purpose of a monk's profession (indeed, all Christians' professions) is to seek the kingdom of God. In order to reach the kingdom of God, or the kingdom of heaven, we Christians must achieve purity of heart. What is purity of heart? In the simplest of terms, purity of heart is the alignment of our individual wills with the Will of God.

Advent gives us models to bring into line our wills with God's Will. Soon to be born Jesus enters the world to do God's Will. Before His birth, our ancestors in the faith had Sacred Scriptures with prophecies about the future and about a Savior - and often did not believe that anything would happen. In addition to this disbelief, the human desires of our ancestors often contradicted God's will and created pain and suffering. However, we modern Christians can rejoice in this Advent season with the knowledge that The Lord does marvelous things through us when our will is aligned with His Will.

The Prophet Micah gives us the prophecy that the Savior will be born in Bethlehem. We who live now know that the birth of Jesus is placed in Bethlehem to fulfill the prophecy - pointing out that Jesus, the Son of Mary, is the Savior for us. And this Savior will give himself fully to God's Will: “He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the Lord, in the majestic name of the Lord, his God…”

The Letter to the Hebrews tells us that Jesus comes to do the will of the Father. What is the will of the Father? His will is to extend salvation to all. Salvation is the union with God for all eternity. During this Advent we can ponder on how we express God's Will to others. Can others see us doing God's Will? Do we share the good news of God's Will through the celebration of Christ's imminent birth? Are our desires for the frills of the season, personal comfort, and inordinate pleasures aligned with God's Will for our personal salvation and the salvation of the whole world?

The Gospel of Luke today recounts the story of the Visitation. Mary goes to visit Elizabeth. Mary is barely on the other side of childhood and Elizabeth is a seasoned woman beyond childbearing age. Both share the glorious joy of holy and unexpected pregnancies. The young woman and the old woman commit themselves to their children in the womb; St. John Chrysostom said a parent is not one who brings children into the world, but one who expends the energy to raise them. In that visit we are given the words that we Christians need to hear: Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. Mary's affirmed her belief with her 'yes.' She models for us purity of heart, the alignment of will with God's will.

As we anticipate the magnificent celebration of Christmas, the birth of our Savior, we can prepare ourselves in these final days by listening to the Word and asking for purity of heart, alignment of our will with the Will of God. May Christ be born in us and in our world so that divine transformation will be our experience now and always.

 
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Micah 5.2-5a
Second Reading: Hebrews 10.5-10
Gospel: Luke 1.39-45

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

   

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