Of all musical instruments used in the Church, the organ is to be held in highest esteem.
Since the founding of the parish in 1917, there have been four organs installed in our church (that we have record of). The first organ was a pump organ that had only one functioning bellow. This meant the organist had to pump twice as fast while playing, and likely passed out before the end of a typical High Mass.
The second organ was a Hammond that had a Leslie speaker attached to it. This speaker used a large spinning disk to create a vibrato effect in the sound.
The third instrument was a Rodgers Concord 745 that served the parish faithfully for almost 30 years. Its donation plaque still hangs on the wall in the vestibule to this day, showing the generosity of all the parishioners who made its installation possible.
Our current organ is a virtual pipe organ, built by Harker Organs of Scappoose, Oregon, and was installed in April of 2014. Its console was originally a Rodgers 990, but all its original analog technology from the 1980s was removed, and it is now powered by computer software called Hauptwerk. With this amazing software, we have at our disposal four famous organs from around the world (as shown to the right). The sounds produced are indistinguishable from the real pipe organs, and include the actual acoustical characteristics of the churches where the organs reside. An authentic two-manual (keyboard) harpsichord is also installed in the console. For the first time in our parish's history, we can enjoy the quality of sound of a pipe organ without having to pay for the expensive maintenance and upkeep that often comes with such an instrument. The virtual pipe organ is played at every weekend Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows.
Brindley & Foster Organ of Sheffield UK in St. Anne Church (Church of England), Mosley, England, UK
The Alfred Fuhrer Neo Baroque Organ In the Klosterkirche, Germany
Mutin/Cavaille-Coll Organ in the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Metz, Paris, France
1928 Skinner Organ in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Chicago, IL