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interior of church St. Patrick's Basilica crest

Saint Patrick's Basilica has a long history in the City of Ottawa, being its first English-speaking Roman Catholic Parish. It was completed in 1875 and was declared a Basilica on Saint Patrick's Day, March 1995.

Beautiful as it is, Saint Patrick's Basilica is primarily a place of worship and repentance - Catholics citywide make use of the confessional at Saint Patrick's. It also serves the downtown core and offers Masses before work (7:00a.m., 8:00a.m.), during lunch (12:15p.m.), and after the workday (4:30p.m.), with confessions before each Mass, and six Masses for Sunday Obligation.

For directions click HERE.



February 7th:  Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Click on
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time for the readings.


A personal encounter with Jesus leads to recognition
of our sinfulness and therefore need for purification.


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Stations of the Cross
Every Friday in Lent at 7:30 p.m

with the Knights of Columbus and Choir, parishioners are invited to pray the traditional devotion to Our Lord's Passion, also called the Way of the Cross. Please join us for this Lenten exercise, in which we spend some time with our suffering Saviour on his journey to Calvary. We use the prayers of St. Alphonsus Liguori.



Adult Faith Education Series: Winter 2016
February 10, 17, and 24th
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Topic: Trying to find the way in a confused world: Reflections of a Catholic Psychiatrist

Wednesday, February 10, 17, and 24th, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. in the Basilica Scavi

Session 1: What does it mean to be human? Five questions that can change the way you see the world.
Session 2: Care, not killing: The rationalization of suicide as the answer to human suffering.
Session 3: A prescription for happiness: Ten things Dr. Lau has learnt from his patients.

Presenter: Dr. Lau, MD, FRCP is Distinguished Teacher and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa.


Norms for Lenten Observance

The liturgical season of Lent begins Ash Wednesday, February 10. Ashes will be distributed before all Masses and after the homily.
  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.
  • Fridays are days of abstinence.
Fasting binds all persons who have completed their 18th birthday through those who have completed their 59th year, unless prevented by poor health. On days of fast, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one's own needs. Eating between meals is not allowed although fluids may be taken.

Abstinence binds all persons who have completed their 14th birthday, unless prevented by poor health. In the Archdiocese of Ottawa, the consumption of meat is not allowed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all Fridays of Lent. The Archbishop mandates this observance for the spiritual well-being of the faithful.

Lent is a penitential season and, as such, religious practices such as daily Mass, the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Stations of the Cross, works of charity and justice, and acts of self-denial are highly encouraged.



Stations of the Cross
Every Friday in Lent at 7:30 p.m

with the Knights of Columbus and Choir, parishioners are invited to pray the traditional devotion to Our Lord's Passion, also called the Way of the Cross. Please join us for this Lenten exercise, in which we spend some time with our suffering Saviour on his journey to Calvary. We use the prayers of St. Alphonsus Liguori.



February 2015 -  Overview for the Month

The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Family.

Holy Family
May the Holy Family, icon and model of every human family,
help each individual to walk in the spirit of Nazareth..


For overview of month including Papal Intentions, click HERE.


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The season of Lent is upon us! The bookstore has many Lenten resources to help you deepen your faith during this time of spiritual growth, reflection and repentance. Come browse titles such as Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Thérèse of Lisieux compiled by John Cleary, Lenten Reflections from 'A Father Who Keeps His Promises' by Scott Hahn, and Approaching Easter: Lenten Reflections by Jane Williams.

Get the whole family involved this Lent with the Bringing Lent Home Series; Prayers, Reflections & Activities for Families, featuring wisdom from St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Mother Teresa, St. John Paul II, and Pope Francis.

Valentine's Day cards still available! Stop by early for the best selection.

Visit us online!
We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new website and online store! Please visit www.stpgiftsandbooks.ca to view our large selection of Catholic books, DVDs, giftware, and much more. Spread the word and show your support for Catholic resources in the community.

Register for our E-newsletter! Like us on Facebook! Visit us online!
Website: www.stpgiftsandbooks.ca
Phone: (613) 235-7963
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Pastoral Letter for the Year of Mercy 2015-2016
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"Jesus Christ is the face of the Father's Mercy". With these words Pope Francis invited everyone to take part in a special Jubilee Year of Mercy. It will begin on this year's Solemnity of Mary's Immaculate Conception, December 8th , 2015 and end on next year's Solemnity of Christ the King, November 20th 2016.

To read more, click HERE
For more info on the Year of Mercy including the indulgences, click HERE.


Free Electronic Books Available
Over 150 books are available on our Web Portal in PDF & epub format, including the Sermons of the Cure of Ars, the complete set of books by GK Chesterton, as well as books by some of the Church Fathers such as Saint Augustine, Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Therese of Lisieux.
Click on E-books, also accessible on the left index.


New addition to Parish Photo Albums
160th Anniversary badge
To view pictures click on 160th Parish Anniversary Banquet


The Venerable Michael McGivney Honoris
invites you to join our Prayer Line.

Send us your prayer requests!

For more info check The Prayer Line page at The Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney Honoris Web Site.


Saint Patrick's Historic Pipe Organ

Organ pipes

The third and final phase of rebuilding the Basilica pipe organ began in April, 2014. Several components were taken to Casavant Frères in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec.

Stage Three has now been completed. There remains now only some voicing or tuning of the instrument later this year.

We hope to have a re-dedication event at some time later this year, most probably on 22 November, the memorial of Saint Cecilia, a patron of music particularly associated with pipe organs. Stay tuned for more information over the summer.


Thank you again to all of our past, present and future donors. Your gifts help us to preserve our musical heritage.

Click HERE for more information.
For more photos, click HERE


Saint Patrick's Choirs
join the choir

Singing is like praying twice as well. The voice of the choir is meant to empower the voice of the congregation, so that together we praise and give thanks to the Lord. That is the responsibility of the choir in our Roman Catholic Mass (liturgy). Would you or your child over 7 years of age like to come up and join our "voices" in the choir loft?

Contact our Choir Director,
613-233-1126 extension 561.


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Used Stamps

One cancelled stamp can help feed a child for a day. Support the Redemptorist Mission Stamp Bursary by bringing your used stamps to our Book & Gift Shop.



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