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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

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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
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
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Sacrament of the Sick
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Blessings (home, vehicle, workplace)
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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
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for Sunday, November 22, 2009

We continue the theme from last Sunday, about the coming of the Lord at the end of time. This Sunday, however, we focus on Jesus' role at the end of time as King of the Universe. Just as last Sunday, however, we can say that if the Lord Jesus is not our king now, how would we expect Him to be our king at the end of our life?

Perhaps the figure of a king does not mean as much to us today as it may have to earlier generations of Christians. On the other hand, if we read the Old Testament, the Jewish Scriptures, we do come to understand much more about kings and the symbols of kingship.

In the Old Testament we find that the king is really deputizing for God and must try always to do the will of God and lead the people in God's ways. A true king is one who always seeks to know what God wants and who is first of all a servant of the living God. A king wants all of his people to have true life and to have abundant life. A king in the image of God wants everyone to have the best of everything. This is the meaning of the type of peace that we find idealized in the Old Testament. It is not just spiritual goods that the king wants for his people, but material goods, physical goods as well.

Always in the Old Testament the king is an intermediary for God Himself. We can understand fairly easily that when a king is bad, the people begin to long for God Himself to be their king. It is in this understanding of our deepest longings that we can understand the Book of Daniel when it begins to put together the figure of an ideal king with the figure of God.

Jesus comes to us as our Lord and Savior. He begins to show us what true kingship is and how it serves others. Instead of dominating us, this true service of leadership helps us become ourselves as God created us to be. For this to happen, we must accept the kingship of Jesus Christ and allow Him to transform us. He not only frees us from our sins, but he transforms us into a holy people, a people set apart, a people who are happy to do God's will and rejoice in knowing the Lord. The Book of Revelation speaks strongly to this reality today.

It is John's Gospel today that tells us to listen to the voice of Jesus if we want to live in truth. May this celebration today help us live this mystery of our faith more profoundly and rejoice as we follow our Lord. Surely we are sinners and surely we fail our Lord, but just as surely it is His love that always draws us to continue following Him with total confidence and trust. Let us rejoice in our King!

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


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