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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.

Blessed Sacrament in Monstrom Vigil Of Eucharistic Adoration
Friday, December 19th, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
Saint Patrick's Basilica (in the Grotto)

Praying for priests, for an end to abortion and for world peace.
Continuous rosary, chaplet of Divine Mercy and Litany of Reparation

Vigil ends with Masses in the Basilica at 7:00 & 8:00 a.m., on Saturday.

Message from the Rector

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  1. Most of our parishioners receive the host with reverence at Mass. Just a gentle reminder not to take the host to the pew. Please consume the host immediately upon reception. Also, while you do have the option of receiving in your hand, please do not grab the host, but instead allow the communion minister to put it in the palm of your hand, and use the fingers of the other hand to pick up the host reverently and consume it immediately.
  2. We have arrived at the Fourth Sunday of Advent, with the lighting of all four Advent Candles from the Wreath. The light of Christ symbolically permeates the growing darkness as we journey towards the winter solstice. The celebration of the Birth of the Saviour [the Light of the World] awaits us, as we ready our minds and hearts to the meaning of the Incarnation, the great mystery of Divine Love.
  3. Our outreach community has made a donation of $2,000 to relieve the Ebola Crisis in Sierra Leone, and as well $2,000 to L'arche Ottawa [founded by Jean Vanier]. The Committee meets regularly to disseminate funds that are marked for outreach, not operations.
  4. Should you stop by the gift shop, several books might be of interest to you. The first two books are related to the Synod on the Family.
    • Walter Kasper. Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life. Paulist Press, 1985.
    • Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church. Edited by Robert Dodaro. Ignatius Press, 2014.
    • Moira McQueen, Bioethics Matters: A Guide for Concerned Catholics. Novalis, 2011.
  5. A representative from St. Vincent de Paul will be here to speak to the parishioners at all weekend Masses of Jan. 3rd and 4th. We hope to have a few more volunteers to assist with this vital ministry for the poor!
  6. Please consult your bulletin for our Advent-Christmas schedule for Masses and Confession times.
  7. On behalf of all the priests, Fr. Jessi Tapia, Fr. Larry McCormick, Fr. Fernando Martins, Fr. Francis Ndey, Fr. Cryton Outschoorn, Deacons Jim Scheer and John George, and the staff and volunteers at the Basilica, I wish you all a blessed and holy Christmas and New Year.

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New This Week: Keep Christ in Christmas this year with religious Christmas gifts and decor. Stop by the Gift Shop to browse our beautiful selection of Christmas angels, ornaments, mugs, cutting boards, baking dishes, and much more. Find something for everyone on your list with a faith-inspired gift!

Prepare Your Heart: Whether you are looking for books, calendars, wreaths, or candles, we have everything you need this Advent season to fully realize this important opportunity for spiritual growth.

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December 2014 -  Overview for the Month

The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, which is celebrated on December 8.
Virgin Mary & Christ Child
All honor to you, Mary!
From you arose the Sun of Justice,
Christ our God.

For overview of month including Papal Intentions, click HERE.

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

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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

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.

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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