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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, December 13, 2009

What questions would John the Baptist ask today? Could we construct the same kind of scene that we have in today's Gospel? The crowds today ask John the Baptist, What should we do? John the Baptist could say in reply: Whoever has enough to eat should share with others. Those who have employment should help those who do not. Stop trying to amass money and instead share with the poor.

Perhaps John the Baptist would say to politicians—perhaps the most well-known class of public sinners today—stop lying, seek the good of others, seek peace and pursue it. Or he might say to the wealthy corporation executives: be satisfied with what is a just wage and don't seek to become rich at the expense of others.

The good news that John the Baptist can preach to us is that Jesus Christ has come but most of us have not yet decided to follow Him seriously. If we truly desire happiness and a tranquil heart, we need to give our lives to the following of Jesus.

With the Prophet Zephaniah, we can rejoice in the Lord and rejoice in the words of this Prophet: The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; he will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, he will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.

God will rejoice over us when we turn our hearts to Him and try each day to be faithful to Him and to His teachings. God our Father knows that we are not perfect and that only with His grace can we respond to His love. Every day our Father invites us again to trust in Him and to seek His help so that we can grow in faithfulness and love.

With the Letter to the Philippians we can rejoice that God is near, always near. There are times when our hearts desire to be entirely with our God. It is at those times that we rejoice with incredible joy and gladness. This Sunday is a time when we are invited to experience the joy and gladness of our God's love for us.

We rejoice because God love us. May God's love for us draw from us a response of love for Him and for all people. May this time of waiting on the Lord, this time of Advent, allow God to transform us and give us ever greater desires to know Him, to serve Him and to rejoice in His love.

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


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