Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
Montreal QC

H3V 1H6



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Être, au coeur de la ville, le lieu d'accueil, de rencontre, de recueillement, où rayonne l'héritage de saint frère André.

Lieu d'expression de foi, de prière, de guérison et de paix, l'Oratoire Saint-Joseph accueille pèlerins et visiteurs dans un esprit d'ouverture et de compassion.

Lieu historique national du Canada. Récipiendaire de la rose d'or (distinction papale offerte par Jean-Paul II, en 2004).



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Saint Joseph\'s Oratory of Mount Royal
3800 Queen Mary Rd
Montreal, QC H3V 1H6
Canada
Phone: 514 733-8211
Fax: 514 733-9735
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1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

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MONDAY TO SATURDAY MASSES

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In French:
7:00, 8:30, 10:00, 11:30, 16:30,
19:30 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)

Mass for the Sick: Wednesday at 14:00

In English:
12:15 (Monday to Saturday)
19:30 (Tuesday and Thursday)

SUNDAY MASSES

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In French:
7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 16:30, 19:30

In English:
11:15

In Spanish:
15:00 (Follows the Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament and rosary at 14:00)

BASILICA

In French:
11:00*, 12:30

*With the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal Boys’ Choir (from March 6 to December 24)


The 11:00 Sunday Mass (in French) is broadcasted live from the Basilica on Radio VM.

You can listen to it on Radio VM Website or through radio transmission in many regions of Québec :

Montréal 91,3 FM
Victoriaville 89,3 FM
Trois-Rivières 89,9 FM
Sherbrooke 100,3 FM
Rimouski 104,1 FM
Ottawa-Gatineau 1350 AM

CONFESSIONS

Monday to Saturday (usually in the Crypt Church)

7:00 to 12:45
13:30 to 14:30 (Wednesday only)
14:30 to 17:00
19:00 to 19:45

Sunday (usually in the Crypt Church)

6:45 to 12:00
13:15 to 17:30
19:00 to 20:15

ADORATION BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

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In French:
Wednesday at 18:30

First Friday of the Month, from 17:00 to 19:30

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Tuesday at 18:30

BASILICA

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Thursday, from 10:00 to 16:00

(Silent Adoration in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, within the Basilica)

VESPERS

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Sunday at 19:00

ROSARY

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Monday at 19:00

In English :
Saturday at 12:45

COMMUNITY PRAYER

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In French :
Monday to Saturday at 10:30

En anglais :
Monday to Friday at 12:45

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History of Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, Montreal QC

Our History

1850

The Bessette family moves to Farnham, Québec. Tragically, Isaac dies, crushed under an axed tree, February 20, 1855. His wife Clothilde dies on November 20, 1857.

OCTOBER 19, 1904

Blessing of an oratory (i.e., a small chapel) built by Brother André, with the help of Brother Abundius, CSC, and a few lay friends.

1908

Successive enlargements of the chapel in August and November

1909

Construction, next to the chapel, of a wooden building housing a lunchroom, a shop offering religious objects, a waiting room, and a small room that Brother André could use as an office.

1910

Chapel’s third expansion.

1912

Chapel’s fourth and final expansion. Inauguration of the first residence for Holy Cross priests and brothers.

1914

The authorities of the Congregation of Holy Cross approve the construction of what would become the future Basilica.

1915

The construction of the crypt church begins.

1917

Inauguration and blessing of the crypt church.

1918

Relocation of the small chapel from its original site.

AUGUST 31, 1924

Blessing of the basilica’s cornerstone before a crowd of approximately 35,000. Brother Andre celebrates the 50th Jubilee of his Final Vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross.

1926

Foundation work begins.

1930

Construction of the Basilica’s lower portion.

1931

Temporary shutdown of construction area due to the economic crisis.

JANUARY 06, 1937

Death of Brother André (born Alfred Bessette, August 9, 1845). For 6 days and nights, over 1 million people move past his open coffin.

APRIL 01, 1937

Construction work for the Basilica’s upper portion resumes.

AUGUST 01, 1941

Blessing of the cross crowning the basilica dome.

1946

Construction of the votive chapel and the alcove for Brother André’s tomb. Inauguration and blessing in March of 1950.

1954

Relocation of Brother Andre’s original chapel to a more elevated site on the mountain. November 21: celebration of the first Solemn Mass in the Basilica.

MARCH 19, 1955

Elevation of the Oratory to the rank of Minor Basilica. Unveiling of the monument dedicated to Brother André. Inauguration of the carillon.

1956

Official opening of the Basilica.

1960

Official introduction, in Rome, of Brother André’s cause for beatification. November 13: blessing of the Basilica’s Beckerath organ.

1967

Completion of the Basilica’s interior.

1979

Inauguration of the exterior lighting system on the occasion of the Oratory’s 75th anniversary.

1982

Beatification of Brother André by Pope John Paul II in Rome.

SEPTEMBER 11th, 1984

Visit of Pope John Paul II

2000

Celebration of the new millennium. Installation of a new lighting system for the interior of the Basilica.

2003

Unveiling of a major renovation plan for the entire property, so that it may be more accessible, more functional, safer and better suited to the needs of visitors and pilgrims.

OCTOBER 17, 2004

Consecration of the Basilica by Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte opening a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount-Royal.

OCTOBER 17, 2010

Canonization in Rome of Brother Andre by Pope Benedict XVI. The founder of Saint Joseph’s Oratory is officially recognized as Saint Andre Bessette.   Edit


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Father, I want to know Thee, but my coward heart fears to give up its toys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide from Thee the terror of the parting. I come trembling, but I do come. Please root from my heart all those things which I have cherished so long and which have become a very part of my living self, so that Thou mayest enter and dwell there without a rival. Then shalt Thou make the place of Thy feet glorious. Then shall my heart have no need of the sun to shine in it, for Thyself wilt be the light of it, and there shall be no night there. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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