THEME: Joseph, Companion of our History

Novena from March 10 to 18, 2024
Preaching in English at 12:15 p.m.
Masses at 2 p.m. are accompanied by Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal.
Except on Sundays, March 10 and 17 at 11:15 a.m.

Feast of Saint Joseph, Spouse of Marie, Tuesday, March 19, 2024.

Biography of the preachers

Father Raymond Lafontaine, EV

Father Raymond Lafontaine, EV

March 10 to 12

Raymond Lafontaine entered St. Paul’s Seminary in Ottawa in 1986. Ordained to the priesthood in 1991, Father Lafontaine was associate pastor at St. Luke’s Parish in Montréal before undertaking doctoral studies in moral theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. From 2000 to 2002, he served as co-chairman of the North American Vocations Congress. Subsequently, he was chaplain and member of the Theological Studies Department at Concordia University, and taught at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal. He is currently Episcopal Vicar for the English-speaking faithful and Director of the Office for English Pastoral Services for the Archdiocese of Montréal.

Father Tiburtius Fernandez, SMA

Father Tiburtius Fernandez, SMA

March 13 to 15

Born in Sri Lanka, Tiburtius Fernandez did his studies and seminary in India. He obtained a Master’s degree in biblical studies from St. Peter’s Pontifical Theological Institute, Bangalore, India, and a diploma in communications from the Association Catéchétique Nationale pour l’Audiovisuel, Paris, France. He served as a missionary in India and Benin. Since 2004, he has lived in Canada. For five years, he was part of the pastoral team at Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal. For nine years, he was the Provincial Superior of the Fathers of the Society of African Missions (SMA) for Canada. He is currently the “parochial administrator” at St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish in Montreal.

Father Chukwuemeka Anthony Atansi

Father Chukwuemeka Anthony Atansi

March 16 to 18

Dr. Chukwuemeka Anthony Atansi is an Igbo Christian theologian. He obtained a Doctor of Sacred Theology (Ph.D. and S.T.D) in 2020 from KE Leuven, Belgium. His doctoral dissertation is entitled “Christ, the Image of Social Transformation: Towards a Transformative Christology in the African Context.” He is a priest from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Akwa, Nigeria and is currently serving as Chaplain for McGill’s Newman Centre and Adjunct Professor in the School of Religious Studies of McGill University. He was a Research Fellow at the Centre for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology of DePaul University, Chicago, USA, and is a member of the Pan-African Catholic Theology and Pastoral Network.


Preaching in English at 12:15 p.m.
Except on Sundays, March 10 and 17 at 11:15 a.m.
Father Raymond Lafontaine, E.V.
March 10 Companion of our ancestors
March 11 Companion of our Church
March 12 Companion of our families
Father Tiburtius Fernandez, SMA
March 13 Companion of workers
March 14 Companion of the sick
March 15 Companion of migrants and refugees
Father Chukwuemeka Anthony Atansi
March 16 Companion on the path of Faith
March 17 Companion in Hope
March 18 Companion of Saint Brother André

Live broadcast of the celebrations of the novena to Saint Joseph, companion of our history (IN FRENCH).

Day 1
Sunday, March 10, 2024

Day 2
Monday, March 11, 2024

Day 3
Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Day 4
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Day 5
Thursday, March 14, 2024

Day 6
Friday, March 15, 2024

Day 7
Saturday, March 16, 2024

Day 8
Sunday, March 17, 2024

Day 9
Monday, March 18, 2024


Solemn Masses
in the Basilica (French)
Solemn Mass
in the Crypt Church (English)
Other Masses

10 a.m. – Most Rev. Alain Faubert, Auxiliary Bishop of Montréal (LIVE on YouTube and Facebook)

2:30 p.m. – Father Mario Lachapelle, CSC Superior Provincial
Congregation of Holy Cross

7:30 p.m. – Most Rev. Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montréal

11:15 a.m.
Most Rev. Marcel Damphousse, Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall
In the Crypt Church
French: 7 a.m., 8 a.m.,
4:30 p.m.
Spanish:  3 p.m. In the Basilica
French: 12:30 p.m.

Feast of Saint Joseph
Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Joseph, Companion of our History

Joseph, Companion of our History

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Participation sheets
Joseph, Companion of our History.

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