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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.



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We have secured one additional date, Monday October 6, for photo sessions here at the Basilica for those who were unable to book an appointment in September.
Click HERE to register, or call 613-233-1126, ext. 595 for assistance.

Those who are unable to attend the October 6 may register for an October 7-11 appointment at St. Maurice's Parish (Meadowlands and Merivale) by calling Lifetouch (our photographers) at 1-866-756-0281 and quoting our parish account # 113461, to ensure your photo is placed in our directory.

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! For further info., please check the basilica website!
  2. In order to facilitate the vision that 'Adult Initiation is the task of all the baptized,' we would like to find sponsors to mentor the candidates, listen to their stories: how the Spirit has guided them to seek this faith journey. We also need catechists to assist with exploring the faith in community and connect their experience.
  3. A reminder that our Sat. Confession is 3:30 - 4:15 pm. Please try to come earlier so that confession does not run into Mass. We give ample time for people who wish to do both. However, trying to squeeze within the one-hour time frame to worship and have confession would not be giving due reverence to God. It is also not in tune with the spirit of Vatican II, which calls for "Full, Active and Conscious Participation at Mass." Queuing for confession during Mass will not allow oneself to be fully attentive to participate at Mass.
  4. I encourage parishioners to take part in the Archbishop's Charity Dinner, which will be held on Wed. Oct. 22nd at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Inn. Beneficiaries for this year's dinner will be Multifaith Housing Initiative and Bruyère Village. Please contact the parish office or myself if you are able to attend.
  5. Please join us in a barbecue on Sun. Sept 21 after the 12:15 p.m. Mass [a community-building event]!


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New in the Store: Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel: Rediscovering the Heart of a Disciple by theologian, author, and speaker Dr. Edward Sri, who unpacks The Joy of the Gospel, making it accessible and actionable. In these brief reflections, Sri explores those things that hold us back, how we can open ourselves to God's love, and the difference this can make to our joyful proclamation of the Gospel.

Continuing his popular Bible Study series for Catholics Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. has built upon his Year of Faith study to bring us Growing in Faith: A Bible Study for Catholics. This beautiful new volume includes reflections on Faith by Pope Francis.

New CD Series: From Chastity Project comes an exciting new CD series on the Catholic Faith and Chastity. With speakers such as Christopher West, Jason Evert, and Matt Fradd this series promises to affirm, challenge, and prepare you to share your faith with those around you.

New DVD: The much anticipated movie Son of God is now available on DVD! Drop by the store to check out all the new titles.

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Browse the Gift Shop and Bookstore online.


Saint Patrick's Historic Pipe Organ

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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.


Blessed Sacrament in Monstrom Vigil Of Eucharistic Adoration
Friday, September 19th, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
Saint Patrick's Basilica (in the Grotto)

Praying for priests, for an end to abortion and for world peace.
Continuous rosary, chaplet of Divine Mercy and Litany of Reparation

Vigil ends with Masses in the Basilica at 7:00 & 8:00 a.m., on Saturday.


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.


September 2014 -  Overview for the Month

The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, whose memorial the Church celebrates on September 15.
Our Lady of Sorrows
And thy own soul a sword shall pierce,
that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.


For overview of month including Papal Intentions, click HERE.


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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.


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.


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.


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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