Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

March 18, 2014 07:00 ET

Thousands of Visitors are Expected at Saint Joseph's Oratory to Celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - March 18, 2014) - Saint Joseph's Oratory has been bustling since March 10, for the 94th novena dedicated to Saint Joseph - thousands of pilgrims streaming from all over to this event whose theme is With Saint Joseph, Encountering the Other… Visitors from Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, the United States, Latin America, and from Europe are coming to pray to Saint Joseph on this special occasion.

According to Oratory rector Father Claude Grou, CSC, "The Feast of Saint Joseph held a special place in Saint Brother André's heart ever since the Oratory's founding. Indeed, this feast was observed during three days of prayer, which was extended to nine days after 1921. We are proud to say that this tradition is still alive today!"

Feast of Saint Joseph, March 19

The novena is building up to Wednesday, March 19, to the feast day of the Oratory's patron. Pilgrims may assist at any of three special Masses in the Oratory's Basilica that day: at 10 AM, with Bishop Marcel Damphousse of the diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall; at 2:30 PM, with Bishop Noël Simard of the diocese of Valleyfield and at 7:30 PM with Archbishop Christian Lépine of the diocese of Montreal. Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal boys' choir will sing at all these Masses accompanied by the Basilica's great Beckerath organ. Close to 15,000 pilgrims and visitors are expected on this feast day of Saint Joseph, a saint dear to the heart of the founder of Saint Joseph's Oratory, Saint Brother André, CSC.

Other Masses in the Crypt Church
In French: 7 AM, 8 AM, 9 AM, 11:30 AM, 2:45 PM and 4:30 PM
In English: 12:30 PM and 8 PM

You may recall that one year ago, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, newly elected pope under the name of Francis, celebrated a Mass inaugurating his pontificate on March 19, 2013, the feast of Saint Joseph, Protector of the Universal Church.

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Contact Information

  • Danielle Decelles
    Communication Consultant
    Communications and Publications Department
    514 733-8211 ext. 2711
    514 264-1764 (mobile) / @Dan_Decelles