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Hope is always reborn

By Jonas St-Martin, c.s.c.

Director, Welcome and Pilgrimage Services

June 23, 2020 Faith, News

Whew! The crisis caused by the new Corona virus has not yet completely disappeared, but we can certainly breathe a sigh of relief. A sigh of relief, we must admit, after months of restrictions and misery. A period that seemed to last forever.

Becoming rich in the sight of God

Brother André had, like many people still today, his share of misery and misfortune. Orphaned by father and mother at the age of 12, sickly and uneducated, he had to work hard to earn his living and make his way. But he wasn’t destitute for all that.

Death of Father Marcel Lalonde, CSC — A great builder passed away

Father Marcel Lalonde, CSC, died on May 26, 2020, at the age of 93 years and 11 months, following a long illness at the Maison Basile-Moreau, a residence of the Canadian Province of Holy Cross in Montréal. With tireless zeal, Father Lalonde was the leader at Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, of which he was rector for 30 years.

The Acceptable Time

“Behold, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:1,2)
That is how Lent begins.

But, is it an “acceptable” time when we are struck down by catastrophe, anxiety, or doubt? When a pandemic hits the entire world, we can recognize at what point we become vulnerable and unsteady about that which we cannot control. The power of nature seems stronger than the power of science. Sometimes, there is panic. Fear presses us towards someone or something which can bring a feeling of security to our lives.

Hope still lives

By Claude Grou, c.s.c.

Rector, Saint Joseph's Oratory

April 22, 2020 Communications, Nature, News

For over a month now, we’ve been learning to change our habits in important ways. The difficult task of preserving the quality of life on earth is just as critical and urgent as combating the virus which is threatening us today. The future of our planet rests in our hands.

Go Forward with Prayer and Perseverance

We must go forward in life with prayer and perseverance.

Message from Father Claude Grou, CSC

By Claude Grou, c.s.c.

Rector, Saint Joseph's Oratory

March 26, 2020 News

You know the popular expression, “Out of sight out of mind.” We could take advantage of this crucial time to adapt this saying to read,” Out of sight near to heart.” The important measures of public health oblige us to live at a certain physical distancing. We have to remain at a distance from others, even those that we used to rub elbows with. These practices are not easy… but this fact illustrates that humans like to live in groupings, that we have need of others, their help, their affection.

Friday March 29 Homily

To mark our gratefulness for Father Claude Grou’s recovery, following his attack on March 22, and to salute his return to pastoral fonctions, we are happy to share the homily he gave, in French, during Mass on Friday March 29.

Read the Homily in French here.

Message from Father Claude Grou, CSC

By Claude Grou, c.s.c.

Rector, Saint Joseph's Oratory

March 23, 2019 Communications, News

Father Claude Grou, Rector of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, addresses a few words following the aggression he was the target of on March 22, during the morning Mass at the Oratory.

Ah! What Great Mystery

Reflection on the Nativity and on Saint Joseph’s Oratory’s Pastoral Theme for 2019 : God Welcomes Us.

Read full article in French here.

Brother André’s Last (Little) Trip

By David Bureau

Archivist, Roland-Gauthier Archive and Documentation Centre

December 15, 2017 Arts and culture, History, News

Few pilgrims know that back in the day, the Crypt Church, now centenarian, used to house the tomb of Saint Brother André. Read the article in French, by David Bureau.

World Day of the Poor

Pope Francis invites us to the very first Wordl Day of the Poor and to lend a helping hand to those in need around us, in our everyday lives. Let’s pray and take action!