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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.



Message from the Rector

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  1. We will have a special confession schedule during the Lenten Season on Friday, March 6 [6:45 - 7:15 pm], in addition to the regular scheduled confession before Masses. Several priests are available to help.
  2. Our St. Patrick's Day Mass this year will take place on Tuesday, March 17 at noon, presided by our Archbishop. Parishioners are all invited to come. A reception will follow in the Scavi. Please note the time of the Mass. This year, St. Patrick's day falls during March break. As such, parking will be available at the school across the road, which is normally available only on the weekends.
  3. Fr. Terry Fournier, Director of the National Liturgy Office [English Sector] of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, will give a workshop on Liturgy at the Basilica Scavi on Sat. March 21st [9:30 - noon]. All parishioners are invited to attend, so as to help us appreciate sound liturgical practices.
  4. We are very thankful for a voluntary team that offered their services to remove the gum under the pews of the Beautiful Basilica. I will urge you from now on to think twice before putting your gum under the pews. Please respect and honour the house of Our Lord by keeping it free from gum. For further info., please refer to our Basilica Website.
  5. There are still some copies of the photo-directory available. Those who participated but have not picked up their copy, please let me know and come to the office after weekend Masses.

Click HERE for the Lenten Message from Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J..


March 2015 -  Overview for the Month

The month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph.
St. Joseph & Jesus
A faithful man shall be greatly praised;
and he that is the keeper of his Lord shall be glorified.


For overview of month including Papal Intentions, click HERE.


Father Robert Spitzer on Intellectual Evangelization

Fr. Robert Spitzer SJ, a former President of Gonzaga University, gave a great presentation describing Intellectual Evangelization, which is his method for evangelizing young adults. In this 48 minute lecture, Father Spitzer covers compelling subjects such as Near Death Experiences as well as why an all powerful God allows suffering.

Visit: Happiness, Suffering And The Love Of God

Fr. Spitzer's main Website where you can find other powerful material including free video presentations: Magis Center

Other links of interest:
Short video: Are you HAPPY? (describing four levels of happiness)
College series: The Reason Series - Episode 2


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Stations of the Cross
in the Basilica
every Friday during Lent
at 7:00 PM







Stations of the Cross Reflections

by Mother Angelica from EWTN
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The Stations of the Cross Reflections, perhaps the most popular of Lenten devotions, help the faithful make a spiritual pilgrimage to the chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death. Click HERE to link to the inspirational Reflections by Mother Angelica


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Lenten Reads: Come to the Gift Shop to see our selection of books for Lenten reflection and meditation as we continue our journey toward Calvary with our Lord. Approaching Easter: Lenten Reflections by Jane Williams features a beautiful combination of reflections and artwork to inspire prayer. Lent - Easter Awaits Us: Returning to the Way of God is a short collection of meditations on fasting, suffering, and more, compiled from the homilies and addresses of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. Don't forget to pick up a copy of The Way of the Cross by Saint Alphonsus Liguori - an essential Lenten companion!

New Title: There is No Rose: The Mariology of the Catholic Church by Aidan Nichols, OP uses sound scriptural and theological bases to extol the importance of Mary's role in the Church.

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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.


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


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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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