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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
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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
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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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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
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
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Sacrament of the Sick
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Visit Vocations Toronto at, a resourceful site in answering these questions.

Knights of Columbus
Meetings 3rd Thursday of the month
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St. Vincent de Paul Society
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, December 6, 2009

Advent is such a joyful time as we wait for God in our world and in our lives. We sense this joy in the first two readings for today, from the Prophet Baruch and from the Letter to the Philippians.

Baruch tells us that Jerusalem will be named by God the peace of justice. Baruch looks into the future, much as we might, and longs for that time when there is peace because justice rules throughout all the earth. If we are not longing for such a time, then it will be difficult for us to understand the dreams and longings of the exiled people of Israel.

Advent is a time to renew our longings. We can desire God's presence in our lives and desire a good life for ourselves and for others. We can hope for cures for all the deadly diseases of our time. We can all desire a better economy for ourselves and for others. We can desire that all children who suffer will be freed from their suffering and know peace, joy and delight. These types of hopes and desires help us understand the longing of our spiritual ancestors to return to their own land and worship their own God.

Baruch looks into the future and sees that day and rejoices in it. He imagines Jerusalem as once more the center of the world and filled with people who love God. How different our own world would be if each one of us yearned for God, sought God with all heart and soul and sought always to help others.

The Letter to the Philippians tells us of the author's yearning for the good of those who have become followers of Jesus. He wants them to be able to discern what is truly of value. Again we can ponder how different our world would be if everyone longed only for those realities that truly have value!

Finally in Luke's Gospel today we have the voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths! All of the longing and yearning is not so that each of us will be personally saved but more that together our world will be saved and all its inhabitants. On one hand this seems a foolish yearning and longing and one that will never happen. On the other hand it is surely the longing and yearning of the heart of Jesus Christ. May our hearts be one with His in this time of Advent and may His Divine Mercy draw the world to Himself.

Readings of the day:
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Second Reading:

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


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