Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal is closed and all of its activities are cancelled

This includes the broadcasting of the televised mass by Sel et Lumière as well as the telephone consultation service. These exceptional measures taken in accordance with directives from the Government of Quebec are in effect until April 13.

Let’s keep our hearts open to love and to hope. Let’s take care of each other. Thank you for your understanding.


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Faithful to His encounter

Preaching and Celebrations from Tuesday, March 10 to Wednesday, March 18 in preparation for the Feast of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary, on Thursday, March 19, 2020.



You open your arms
to welcome us out of your love;
you beckon us to come toward you.

As Saint Joseph responded faithfully to the angel’s invitation
by staying on the path that you traced out for him,
so we wish to keep our heart attentive to your bidding.

Saint Brother André daily moved forward
towards an encounter with you,
as he ministered to the men and women who came toward him;
so we want to recognize you in the encounter with the other.

Just as thousands of pilgrims have for a hundred years,
we come today praying to you with a confidant faith.
Help us to fashion a world
where love and truth,
peace and mercy

We ask this of you our Father,
through your Son and in the Spirit. Amen.

Saint Joseph of Mount Royal, pray for us.


Frère Thomas A. Dziekan, c.s.c.

Brother Thomas A. Dziekan, CSC

Since 2018, Brother Thomas Dziekan has held the position of Provincial Superior of the Holy Cross Brothers of the Moreau Province, headquartered in Texas. Having grown up in the United States, Brother Dziekan has focused his ministry mainly in the educational institutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross: in Albany (NY), Waterbury (CT), and West Haven (CT), where he had been a student himself. Elected Vicar General and First Assistant of the Congregation’s Superior General in 2010, he was responsible for securing the patrimony of the Holy Cross in France, and for establishing the Shrine of Blessed Basile Moreau, founder of the Congregation, in Le Mans.

Soeur Kesta Occident, c.s.c.

Sister Kesta Occident, CSC

Born in Cap-Haïtien, Sister Kesta returned to sunny Haiti in 2018 after spending 13 years in Canada as Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Holy Cross. She had previously been Regional Leader of the Sisters of Holy Cross as well as president of the Haitian Conference of Religious (CHR). A trained agronomist, she has been working for the past two years with the team at the Institut de Technologie et d’Animation (ITECA), a Haitian NGO engaged with rural organizations supporting farmers, women and youth through programs designed to bring about systemic changes.

Père Claude Grou, c.s.c.

Father Claude Grou, CSC

Well known by the pilgrims who visit the shrine, Father Grou has been the Rector of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal for more than 14 years. Originally from Ville Saint-Laurent, he joined the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1961. Over the years he has taught in India, helped train young people in religious life, and assisted the Superior of the Canadian Province. Later, from 1986 to 1998, he was Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Following that period, considerable challenges awaited him at the Oratory, where he has successfully led important projects, including the shrine’s centennial celebrations, the canonization of Brother André and the ongoing major development project.



 Preaching from March 10 to 18, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., in the Crypt Church

For the Dates marked by an asterisk (*), preaching will be held in the Basilica at 2 p.m.
 Father Thomas A. Dziekan, CSC
Tuesday March 10 Faithful to an encounter with our brothers and sisters, and with Christ
Wednesday March 11 Faithful to serve as Jesus did
Thursday, March 12 Faithful to give witness to our faith
Sister Kesta Occident, CSC
Friday, March 13 – AUDIO ONLY  Faithful to the One who invites us to carefully tend His vine
Saturday, March 14 – AUDIO ONLY  Faithful to the One who teaches us to love without measure
Sunday, March 15* – AUDIO ONLY  Faithful to the One who calls us to the encounter… far beyond our borders
Father Claude Grou, CSC
Monday, March 16AUDIO ONLY  Faithful to His mission, even when the world rejects us
Tuesday, March 17 – AUDIO ONLY Faithful to the One who invites us to forgive
Wednesday, March 18 – AUDIO ONLY  Faithful to be just, in fact like Saint Joseph


*Preaching at 2 p.m. will be held in the Basilica.
** Tuesdays and Thrusdays, the 7:30 p.m. mass is bilingual

Facebook live – CANCELLED

Thursday, March 19
The 2:30 p.m. Mass will be broadcast live on the Oratory’s Facebook page.

Horaire des messes - Schedule of Masses Radio VM

Radio Broadcast

From Tuesday March 10 to Wednesday March 18
Delayed broadcast of the preaching of the day from 6:15 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
* The audio capsules of the preachings will be on the Oratory’s website after the broadcast of 6:15 p.m.

Sunday March 15
The regular Mass at 11 a.m. in the Basilica will be broadcast live on Radio VM

Radio VM across Quebec

91,3 FM Montreal , 89,3 FM Victoriaville, 89,9 FM Trois-Rivieres
, 100,3 FM Sherbrooke, 104,1 FM Rimouski

Salt & Light

Television Broadcast

From Tuesday, March 10 to Wednesday, March 18

Regular Mass in French, from Monday to Saturday at 8:30 will be broadcast live on Salt & Light TV.

Novena 2020 – Special Dossier
From The Oratory Magazine, January-April 2020 vol 94 no 1


The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the chapel behind the sanctuary in the Basilica:


  • From March 10 to March 14 and from March 16 to March 18: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • There will be no adoration on March 15 and March 19.


Andrée-Anne Doane, Titular Carillonist at Saint Joseph’s Oratory, will give recitals at the following times:

During the Novena to Saint Joseph :

  • March 10  to March 14: 12 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
  • March 15: 12:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
  • March 16 to March 18: 12 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.


During the Feast of Saint Joseph

  • March 19: 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.


Visitor and Pilgrim Services

Telephone 1 514 733-8216 ext. 2793 or 2795