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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. Our congratulations to the children in the parish who celebrated their baptism last Saturday: Elizabeth Taylor Nash Beriault and Evelyn Amritha Peters. Please give prayerful support to their parents and godparents.
  2. There are still a number of copies of the photo-directories available to be picked up at the parish office. If you had your photo taken and have not received a copy, please do so as soon as possible. Additional copies are available at $5 each.
  3. At the last pastoral council, we discussed how to encourage people to be comfortable attending Mass at the Church, and use the Scavi screen only in case of necessity [overcrowding, etc.] We urge parishioners to welcome parents who have children with special needs. These parents often worry about disturbing other worshippers if they were to remain in the church.
    I encourage parishioners to receive them, because they are also part of the Body of Christ, the Church. We also extend a special welcome to children, even if they sometimes happily make noise. Children's presence is the voice of vitality. As a faith community we welcome people of all ages, because we are pro-life!
  4. Mental illness is an issue that affects many. We have invited a member of ANCOURA to speak to us at the end of the Masses on this Pentecost weekend. This is an organization that assists people with mental illness, so that they can embark upon the journey to regain health and contribute to society.
  5. The recent devastation created by the earthquake in Nepal requires immediate assistance. The Canadian Bishops have requested that parishes help with relief effort. Donations will be sent through Development and Peace to this cause. The government has decided to match the amount of individual donations. On your behalf, our outreach committee has decided to contribute $3,000 towards this worthwhile cause [from the money collected for outreach, not operations]. All individual donations in addition will be welcome.
  6. Today marks the completion of the 50 days of Easter Joy with the celebration of Pentecost. The Spirit of the risen Christ continues to be the animating force, calling the Body of Christ to engage in continuing His mission in the world.
  7. The total amount collected during the Pro Life Mass on National March for Life day was over $3,800. Campaign Life thanks you for your support. A reminder that no tax receipt will be issued for these donations.


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Pentecost is the celebration of the birth of the Catholic Church. It's never too late to learn about the Early Christians and discover the immense gift we have inherited through the Holy Spirit. Come and see the books and resources we have available on the Third Person of the Trinity and those who encountered him first, such as In the School of the Holy Spirit by Jacques Phillippe, More of the Holy Spirit by Sr. Ann Shields, The Witness of the Early Christian Women, and Faith of Our Fathers: Why the Early Christians Still Matter and Always Will, both by Mike Aquilina.

New in Stock: The Noonday Devil: Acedia, The Unnamed Evil of our Times by Jean-Charles Nault, O.S.B. "With clarity and penetrating insight, Abbot Nault unmasks the pernicious demon of acedia, showing how it tempts souls in every state of life and why it may well be the zeitgeist of our time." - Johnnette Benkovic

June is just around the corner and it's almost time for Graduation. We have a variety of gift ideas for the graduate in your life, from bookmarks to picture frames. Don't forget to pick up something special for that Teacher who helped make it all possible.

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Knights Of Columbus
Saint Patrick's Basilica Council
invites you to join their trip
Washington, DC
September 17 - 20 2015

There will be a priest from Saint Patrick's Basilica attending this trip as well as Knights of Columbus.
For more information click HERE.

May 2015 -  Overview for the Month

The month of May is dedicated to the The Blessed Virgin Mary.


Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising,
fair as the moon, bright as the sun?


For overview of month including Papal Intentions, 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.


Saint Patrick's Choirs
join the choir

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

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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


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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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