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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)
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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
Please contact the office
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for Sunday, November 29, 2009

Every year when we begin Advent, we can remind ourselves that this word Advent means for us the coming of the Lord. Our Catholic tradition reminds us that there are three comings of the Lord: in the flesh at His incarnation, in our hearts when we respond to grace and at the end of time when the universe is transformed and the final judgment takes place.

The first reading today, from the Prophet Jeremiah, speaks eloquently about the desires of our hearts. God has promised to be with us and to save us. Once we begin to believe, our hearts can deepen in this desire to experience God's presence and God's salvation. At times we can get small glimmers of this God who is with us and constantly is saving us. If we allow this loving God to open our hearts, that experience can grow so profound as to overwhelm us with God's love.

The second reading, from the First Letter to the Thessalonians, urges us to allow love for one another and for all to grow in our hearts. This love is a gift of God but also shows that we are walking the path given to us by our Lord. The author of this letter is convinced that the following of Christ can be fairly simply described as conducting ourselves to please God. That is another way of saying: seek His face, seek His will, do what He asks of you.

The Gospel, today from Saint Luke, is written in a style that can convince people to go sit on their rooftops and wait for the end of the world. It is really meant to change our hearts so that we become completely sensitive to God's presence and remain alert and open to the Lord. It is our hearts and beings that the Lord wants. God wants us to follow Jesus and to come to the Kingdom.

As we begin this time of Advent, this journey through Advent to celebrate the birth of Jesus, to celebrate the mysteries of our faith, we can once more invite the Lord who has been born for us to dwell in our hearts and in our world. May our hearts cry out with faith: Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven!

Readings of the day:
First Reading:
Second Reading:

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


Reflections are available for the following Sundays:


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