A week ago today was World Organ Day! Althout it is an initiative of Notre Dame de Paris, it was celebrated around the world with more than 850 organ concerts. Fr. John Kiley, pastor of Holy Family Parish, joined in with a concert here in Gloucester at St. Ann’s Church (a worship site of Holy Family Parish).
Although St. Ann’s has a real pipe organ, it is in sore need of work, and the parish does not have the funds for the organ’s restoration. So, Fr. Kiley gave the concert on the church’s electric organ instead. It sounds nice, but it doesn’t quite measure up to the real pipe organ. After the concert, Fr. Kiley played one verse of a popular hymn using some of the registers on the old pipe organ that still work more or less well, and the difference was notable.