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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.

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Saint Patrick's Basilica Parish Directory

To celebrate our church family and strengthen the bond within our congregation, we welcome you to be a part of our upcoming new directory.

We are partnering with Lifetouch for this important project. Lifetouch is providing the directory at no cost to our church. Every family photographed receives a complimentary directory and an 8x10 portrait. For more information and to view more about the benefits of participating in this program, please click HERE.

To register for a photography session, click HERE.

Message from the Rector
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  1. We welcome people who are interested in becoming Catholic Christians. For information, please contact me or the parish office. We shall immediately assist you in embarking on this wonderful journey of hope!
  2. Info for a Journey to the Holy Land is available at the entrance of the church. Please contact Dennis Kam of JBC Travel at 613-569-3888 x103 or email to for additional information.
  3. A few parishioners do not understand why we dismiss the unbaptized catechumens at Mass. The official Church document called "Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults" #75.3 states "... at Mass they [catechumens] may also take part with the faithful in the liturgy of the word, thus better preparing themselves for their eventual participation in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Ordinarily, however, when they are present in the assembly of the faithful, they should be kindly dismissed before the liturgy of the Eucharist begins... For they must await their baptism, which will join them to God's priestly people and empower them to participate in Christ's new worship." Catechumens are dismissed because they are not yet part of the priestly people, the Body of Christ, who will "lift up their hearts" to pray the Eucharistic prayer.
  4. It has been 20 years since our last photo-directory. In consultation with the pastoral council, we have found it an opportune time to make another one, so that we can enhance our sense of belonging to this Basilica community. Our faith community will be strengthened by our desire to connect with one another by putting names to the faces. We are not only individuals worshiping God, but are called by Christ to nurture and support one another in faith. Your participation in this project is vitally important. Sign-up sheets are also available online. We aim for the last week of August and the first week of September for the start of the photography sessions.
  5. For the whole month of July, unless otherwise indicated, all the weekday Masses and confessions will be in the Scavi.

2nd Annual Novena
August 6th - August 14th 2014

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Once again the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Novena for the advancement of the cause of the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney. On August 6, 2012 the Annual Novena was instituted, finishing on August 14 (the date of his death). This Novena can be said publicly (after the 12:15 Mass), or privately if unable to be at Mass. Prayer cards are available in the Scavi or at the Basilica entrance.
More information is available on The Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney Honoris website.

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New in the Store: The Collected Works: Theology of the Liturgy by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Be sure to pick up this wonderful collection from one of the most influential writers on the Liturgy in recent decades. From celebrated author Joseph Pearce, a new collection of his essays entitled Beauteous Truth: Faith, Reason, Literature and Culture. And for the children in your life, two beautifully bound sets from Neumann Press Angel food for Boys & Girls and Catholic Stories for Boys & Girls. These exquisite sets are destined to be treasured for generations to come!

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Saint Patrick's Historic Pipe Organ
Phase Three of Rebuilding

Organ pipes The third phase of rebuilding the pipe organ began in April. As many components will be taken to Casavant Frères in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, there may be occasional noise in the Basilica during the day while the staff are working.
Stage Three is expected to be completed in mid-July, at a cost of about $133,000 plus tax.
The reinstallation part of Stage Three will be done during the period of June 16-20, and June 23-27. The dates of the tonal work on site is expected to run during the period of June 30-July 4, and July 7-1.
We hope to have a re-dedication event at some time in the autumn. 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.

July 2014 -  Overview for the Month

The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus.
The cup of blessing that we bless,
is it not the sharing of the Blood of Christ?

For overview of month including Papal Intentions, 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.

Saint Patrick's Choirs
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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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Divine Mercy Explained
by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC

The following two video links provide great insights into Divine Mercy: More info in booklet form:

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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.

Divine Mercy Prayer Line
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The John Paul II Centre for Divine Mercy has officially opened a prayer line. The Divine Mercy faithful commit to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 p.m. daily for all the prayer intentions that come in through the Prayer Line. If you wish to be an apostle of prayer, send your email to the . Requests for prayers: (613)482-3388.

For more info, on Mercy Prayer Line click HERE.

The Black Madonna Icon In Ottawa
March 18th - 19th 2014

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