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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.

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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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

celtic cross Labour Day Monday, September 1: Please note that there will be one Mass only, at 8:00 AM.
  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. In order to facilitate the vision that 'Adult Initiation is the task of all the baptized,' we would like to find sponsors to mentor the candidates, listen to their stories: how the Spirit has guided them to seek this faith journey. We also need catechists to assist with exploring the faith in community and connect their experience.
  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. I would also point out that the Roman missal allows for both postures of standing and kneeling for communion. According to paragraph #160: "In the Dioceses of Canada, Holy Communion is to be received standing, though individual members of the faithful may choose to receive Communion while kneeling." It is important that people "consume the host immediately upon receiving it." At Saint Patrick's, with the communion railings, many prefer to kneel for communion; however, people ought to feel free to choose either option.
  4. We have begun the photo taking, which will continue until September 6. Please kindly enter by the Nepean Entrance to the Scavi (note change of location). All participants will receive a complimentary 8"x10" professional photograph and a copy of the directory. 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. This will be a useful tool also for parishioners to take part in the funeral Masses of deceased members.
  5. We will resume our 7:00 & 8:00 a.m. weekday Masses as of Tues., Sept. 2nd. We welcome Fr. Cryton [from Sri Lanka], as well as Fr. Francis Ndey [from Cameron] as our resident priests. Fr. Larry [in residence] and Fr. Fernando will still assist us in ministry.
  6. 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.
    We also have available in the sacristy:
    Mary Birmingham - Word & Worship for Year A, an indispensable tool for those who continue to nurture the catechumens with the Word during the dismissal.

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New in the Store: Newly updated from Tan, The 35 Doctors of the Church, now including chapters on the two newest doctors St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. John of Avila. From well-known author Mike Aquilina comes a new book that challenges the popular misconceptions about women and the early Church. The Witness of Early Christian Women will introduce you to women from all walks of life who, by the power of faith, challenged the pagan world in which they lived.
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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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.

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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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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