Basilica of the Sacred Heart to close for organ installation

by Michael O. Garvey

Pipe organ in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 2012

The University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart will be closed Aug. 1 (Monday) through Aug. 14 (Sunday) while the new Murdy Family Organ is being installed.

Completing a project begun by the craftsmen of Paul Fritts & Company Organ Builders of Tacoma, Washington, in 2012, the installation will involve moving into the Basilica a massive musical instrument whose features include four keyboards, 70 organ stops and 5,164 pipes.

During the closure, the regularly scheduled 11:30 a.m. daily Mass will be celebrated Monday through Friday in the Crypt Church of the Basilica’s lower level. Confessions will be heard there Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Murdy Family Organ will be formally blessed and dedicated next year at a Mass on Jan. 20, the Feast of Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, the religious order that established Notre Dame in 1842.