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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 have a group of people who are inquiring about becoming Catholics. We are meeting with them on Sundays after the 11 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Chamber. Parishioners who would like to assist are asked to connect with me. Please be reminded that initiating new members is the responsibility of all the baptized. We need sponsors to mentor the inquirers, listen to their stories: how the Spirit has guided them to seek this faith journey.
  2. I have invited Sr. Sheila Finnerty to give us a workshop on the Dismissal and the Catechumenate on Sat., Oct. 18, 9:30-noon. All lectors and others who would like to be involved in initiation ministry are encouraged to participate.
  3. Why is the Roman Missal important for our liturgical worship? Beginning in Advent, 2011, Pope Benedict asked that the whole church follow the norm set out for how Mass should be celebrated.
  4. All those who are engaged in ministry at Mass should be part of the worshipping community. We do not expect the lectors or ushers to leave the Mass after finishing their ministry, nor is it proper for priests to pop in and out to give Communion to the assembly. For this reason, the Canadian Bishops remark that priests and deacons have priorities in giving Communion to the faithful only when they are present for the entire Mass [See Pastoral Notes on the implementation of the New Roman Missal #250 and the book "How Not to Say Mass," (available at basilica library), p.42]. We are gradually moving in the direction of implementing sound liturgical practice by employing both priests and deacons as well as the laity who are part of the assembly to assist in the distribution of Holy Communion.
  5. I have accepted a position on the Council of Priests [which the bishop consults pertaining to policies for priests and the churches in the diocese] for a second 3-year term. I have also accepted a 5-year term on the College of Consultors for the Diocese [which deals with approval of Parish Construction Projects].
  6. Many thanks to Steve Winogron and Sheila Jones of the Pastoral Council for co-ordinating the Parish Barbecue after the 12:15 p.m. Mass on Sun. Sept 20th. It was very well attended in the Scavi and appreciated by participants.
  7. Please join us 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.
  8. Please pray for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, which begins on Sunday, Oct. 5. Topic: the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. Visit www.rcav.org/the-synod-on-the-family for the prayer.


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New Books: A new English edition of Romano Guardinin's Meditations on the Christ: The Model of All Holiness. Get inside Jesus' life and ministry and discover the often surprising ways you can be like Him today. Also new this week The Joyful Spirit of Padre Pio: Stories, Letters, and Prayers by Patricia Treece. One of the most popular and beloved saints of the twentieth century, Padre Pio was a man of contrasts. This new compilation contains selections from popular titles, breathing new life into classic offerings and creating a devotional with short, inspirational entries.

New In Stock: Get ready for 2015 with our Saints Monthly Planners and 2015 wall calendars that feature beautiful works of art depicting angels, saints, and Our Lord.

Back by Popular Demand: Travel mugs! These handy mugs are the perfect accessory for the cold weather. Come check out the whole collection!

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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


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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