Rafael De Castro, organist and director of music

Rafael De Castro, organist and director of music

Note from the Music Director:

Although the church merger has only been in effect since Easter 2018,  I have been so very pleased at how well the combined choirs work together.  Each week, a new anthem is prepared taking into consideration a variety of musical styles and traditions. The camaraderie is wonderful because everybody loves to sing, and members catch  on quickly to new, or new-to-them, pieces. I am also enjoying the preparation, and playing, of organ preludes and postludes for each service.

It has been a particular delight to find out during the summer how lustily the congregation sings, even without the choir in the choir stalls!

 Regular weekly choir practices resume in the first week of September, on Thursdays, from 7.30-9 pm. The first challenge this Fall will to prepare for the induction of our new priest on September 27.

I can hardly wait until Christmas! (my most favourite season).  If you like to sing, please speak to me after church, or leave a message in the church office.

Sun Sep 23, 3:30pm St Joseph’s Oratory Rafael DeCastro will be giving a concert, free with live wide screen projection provided in the nave, 3800 Queen Mary Road
Montreal H3V 1H6  https://www.saint-joseph.org/en/what-to-do-at-the-oratory/

OUR ORGAN

Our pipe organ was recently upgraded, adding four stops and other significant improvements to an already excellent instrument. The organ was built and installed in 1959 by Casavant Frères, which was established in 1879 and is the oldest continuous name in North American organ building.  The restoration was done by Orgues Létourneau, of St. Hyacinthe.