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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.

Message from the Rector

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  1. Triduum Celebration: Liturgical Summit of the Year
    The Easter Triduum celebration marks the summit of our liturgical calendar, please mark off your calendar to participate in this three-day-celebration which starts with the Last Supper on Holy Thursday at 7:30 p.m., through the Friday Passion at 3:00 p.m. and a special invitation is offered to all parishioners and their friends to participate in the great Easter Vigil, the central and most beautiful liturgical celebration of the year. We gather on Saturday evening at 8:00 to bless the paschal fire, to dedicate the paschal candle, to listen to the key stories of God's redemptive love. We will baptize two of the elect and receive several members into full communion.
  2. Bells for Liturgies
    The liturgy on Holy Thursday calls for bells to be rung during the singing of the Gloria, signalling that the long period of preparation is over and the celebration of the Triduum has begun. After Holy Thursday the bells remain silent throughout the fasting of Good Friday and Holy Saturday until the Easter Vigil, the great feast of the Resurrection. In order that our Gloria may be glorious, PLEASE bring bells with you to the Easter Vigil liturgy next weekend so that everyone may join in ringing at the Gloria!
  3. Last Supper and Washing of the Feet
    On Holy Thursday, no other Mass is celebrated except the concelebrated Mass of the Last Supper. Our Basilica community gathers to give praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of our Lord. He gave us this great gift of His own Body and Blood in order that we continue to celebrate His active presence with us. The Washing of the Feet is a prominent part of our Last Supper Liturgy to bring to bear our Christian leadership of service. We conclude with the adoration and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
  4. Chrism Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral on Tuesday, March April 15th at 7:30 p.m. Harry Rovers and Natalie LaSalle will represent St. Patrick Basilica to receive the vial of oil blessed at the Cathedral. They, along with other parish representatives, will present the oils of catechumens, chrism oil, as well as oil to anoint our sick to the parish community at the Last Supper Liturgy on Holy Thursday.
  5. Please note that Good Friday is a day of Fast and Abstinence.
  6. Come and join us for morning prayers at 8:15 am on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Notes For Holy Week
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  • Chrism Mass
    The Chrism Mass will be on Tuesday, April 15th at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral. It is the primary celebration of the Archbishop with the presbyterium during the year. Every parish is asked to assign two persons to receive the Holy Oils from the Archbishop. This year Harry Rovers, our RCIA Ministry lead, and one of the RCIA members, Natalie LaSalle, will receive the oils.
  • General Norms
    A marriage celebration is not to be performed during Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. A funeral Mass is not celebrated from Holy Thursday morning through Easter Sunday inclusively. Holy Communion may be distributed to the sick on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.
  • Holy Thursday
    On Holy Thursday, the Eucharist is celebrated with a congregation. There should be only one Mass celebrated on Holy Thursday. The period of Adoration on Holy Thursday should conclude before midnight.
  • Good Friday
    The faithful should be reminded that Good Friday is a day of fast for persons between the ages of 18 and 59. Abstinence on this day is to be observed for those who are 14 years of age or older. The collection to be taken up on Good Friday is for the Holy Land.
  • Holy Saturday
    The Easter Vigil begins after nightfall (8:00 p.m.)

Basilica Resources over Easter Weekend
  • The Office will close at 4:30 p.m. on Holy Thursday and will reopen on Tuesday April 22 at 9:00 a.m.
  • The Gift Shop & Bookstore will close at 5:30 p.m. on Holy Thursday and will reopen on Tuesday April 22nd at 11:00 a.m. for regular business hours.
  • Lending Library will be closed Holy Thursday, April 17th to Easter Monday, April 21st inclusive. Happy Easter Blessings to all our Patrons.

April 2014 -  Overview for the Month

The month of April is dedicated to The Holy Spirit.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful:
and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

For overview of month including Papal Intentions, click HERE.

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New this week: Embracing Edith Stein: Wisdom for Women by Anne Costa, Sharing the Faith That You Love by John & Therese Boucher.

For children we have Puzzles, Resurrection eggs, and both wooden and magnetic Easter play sets. In addition, we offer a variety of Easter story and activity books for all ages.

Browse the Gift Shop and Bookstore online.

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

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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 Historic Pipe Organ
Phase Two of Rebuilding

Organ pipes The second phase of rebuilding the pipe organ will begin Monday, January 20th. 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 two is expected to be completed in April at a cost of approximately $144,000 plus tax. Phase three will then commence with a completion in the summer at a cost of about $133,000 plus tax.

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.

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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.

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