Bishop Mario visits the Oratory

On Saturday, April 27th, Bishop Mario Aviles, Auxilary of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, celebrated the 5pm Mass at Holy Family Church. A member of the Pharr Oratory prior to his ordination as bishop, as well as former Procurator General of the Oratorian Confederation, Bishop Aviles came to Toronto to baptize Read more…

An Ordination at the Oratory

On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, His Excellency Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, ordained Mr. Teodor-Gheorghe Avram, S.J. to the subdiaconate at Holy Family Church. Archbishop Prendergast, a longtime friend of the Toronto Oratory, enlisted the Oratorians’ liturgical experience with the old rite to mount the ordination, as traditionally conferred, Read more…

Liturgical Music Preview

Next Sunday, March 17th Two motets from the 1560s exemplify the tendency toward dramatic text painting in Italian sacred music of the late Renaissance: Timor et tremor by Orlandus Lassus (to be sung at Sunday Mass) and Adesto dolori meo by Giaches de Wert (to be sung at Sunday Vespers). Read more…

Top Forty Music at the Oratory

There are not many pieces of Renaissance choral music that could be termed “big hits” by contemporary standards, but admirers of the style will recognize a few pieces that are especially frequently performed and recorded – works like Palestrina’s Sicut cervus, Byrd’s Ave verum corpus, and Victoria’s O magnum mysterium. Read more…

Vestments for Ash Wednesday

As part of the Oratory’s commitment to fostering the liturgical arts, this Ash Wednesday marked the first appearance of a new set of Solemn Mass vestments, made by our Brother Sacristan. Inspired by the shape and cut of vestments from the Italian and Spanish cinquecento, they harmonize beautifully with the Read more…

New installation of art

Holy Family Parish has received new art in the sanctuary of the Church. The artist, Ken Woo, is directing the work, which is being donated by generous benefactor. The work is inspired by the Sienese iconographic tradition. The most prominent feature is the Crucified Lord. He is flanked by our Read more…