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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.



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.


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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. 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. For example, #274 states that, if the tabernacle "is situated in the sanctuary, the Priest, the Deacon, and the other ministers genuflect when they approach the altar and when they depart from it, but not during the celebration of Mass itself." For this reason, altar servers are also instructed to follow the teaching authority of the Church in our liturgical practice. The reason is that, during Mass, the focus should be on the Main Altar where Mass is being celebrated and the bread and wine are consecrated. Also, this explains why the Church wants us to use the hosts consecrated during the Mass, instead of relying on the reserved hosts in the tabernacle.
  3. While there are benefits to you such as a complimentary professional photograph and a copy of the directory, the more important reason for participating is much larger. You will be contributing towards enhancing our faith community by enabling all of us to get to know one another by putting the names to the faces. This directory will be a highlight of our community's 160th anniversary celebration next year.
  4. We are looking for photographs both historical and recent of various liturgical celebrations or parish events for inclusion in our parish directory.
    Please call 613-233-1126, ext. 595 and leave your name and phone number. A volunteer will contact you to arrange delivery of the photos.
  5. I have made available a few books pertaining to Sunday Mass in the library for parishioners to borrow:
    Turner, Paul. Let Us Pray: A Guide to the Rubrics of Sunday Mass. Liturgical Press, 2012.
    Smolarski, Dennis. How Not to Say Mass. Paulist Press, 2003.
    As well, here are two books to help with the process of Adult Initiation:
    Birmingham, Mary. Year-Round Catechumenate. Liturgy Training Publ., 2003.
    Lewinski, Ron. Guide for Sponsors. Liturgy Training Publ., 2008.


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New in the Store: Marcellino D'Ambrosio's new title When the Church was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers is a fascinating account of the lives of the men who shaped the early Church.
Marian Gems: Daily Wisdom on Our Lady by Donald Calloway, MIC is a beautiful collection of Marian reflections drawn from the writings of Saints and Popes.
T-Shirts! You will love the unique, faith-inspired designs for these trendy shirts, available in a variety of sizes.
Back to School is around the Corner: Check out our great selection of fun school supplies including study desks, pens, Jesus is Cool erasers, and much more!

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August 2014 -  Overview for the Month

The month of August is dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Immaculate Heart of Mary
My heart hath rejoiced in God my Savior,
because He that is mighty hath done great things for me.


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 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.



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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