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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.
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Message from the Rector
- Our St. Patrick's Day Mass this year will take place on Monday, March 17 at noon. Parishioners are
all invited to come. A reception will follow in the Scavi. Please note the time of the Mass.
- As part of our Lenten renewal, I have invited Fr. Normand Bonneau to give two workshops on Lenten themes. The first
workshop will be held this coming Wed., March 12, 7:30 - 9 p.m. in the Scavi. The focus will be on the Lenten lectionary.
Fr. Bonneau is an expert on the lectionary. He is the author of The Sunday Lectionary: Ritual Word, Paschal Shape.
The second workshop will be held on Sat. April 5th, 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Fr. Bonneau will help us to appreciate the meaning
of the Easter Triduum in its liturgical context.
- I propose for interested parishioners a 6-day trip for the parishioners of Saint Patrick's [June 1st - June 7th].
We will fly from Ottawa to Deer Lake, NL, and explore by coach to Gros Morne National Park, Grand Falls, Gander, Bonavista
Bay, Trinity, Clarenville en route to St. John's, where we will fly back to Ottawa. Interested participants please contact
me or Dennis Kam of JBC Travel at 613-569-3888, Ext. 103 for further details.
Price per person with double occupancy will be $1,950 + HST based on 20 departure on a 24-Seat coach; $1,830 + HST based
on 30 departure on 47-seater.
Saint Patrick's Basilica Ceilidh Dance
Saturday, 8th March, 5:30-10:30 p.m
Music, Irish Dancers, group ceilidh dancing and Irish stew.
Door open 5:30 p.m. Welcome and dinner 6:00 p.m. Music and Dancing 6:45 p.m.
Tickets on sale at Kent St. main doors - $20 each, children under 12 free
Contact - Brendan Hennigan: (613) 793-6798
Hosted by Knights of Columbus
Norms for Lenten Observance
The liturgical season of Lent begins March 5. The following are guidelines of Lenten observance for the
faithful in the Archdiocese of Ottawa.
Fasting binds all persons who have completed their 18th birthday through those who have completed their
59th year, unless prevented by poor health. On days of fast, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals,
sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one's own needs. Eating between meals is not
allowed although fluids may be taken.
- Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.
- Fridays are days of abstinence.
Abstinence binds all persons who have completed their 14th birthday, unless prevented by poor health.
In the Archdiocese of Ottawa, the consumption of meat is not allowed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday,
and all Fridays of Lent. The Archbishop mandates this observance for the spiritual well-being of
Removing Holy Water from fonts during the season of Lent is not permitted.
The covering of crosses and images from the Fifth Sunday of Lent may be observed.
Lent is a penitential season and, as such, religious practices such as daily Mass, the celebration of
the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Stations of the Cross, works of charity and justice, and acts of self-denial are
It is appropriate to use the Apostles' Creed during the Lenten and Easter seasons so as to be in
solidarity with the catechumens.
Please note that the Easter Vigil celebration should not begin before 8:00 p.m. this year.
March 2014 - Overview for the Month
The month of March is dedicated to the
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
St. Joseph Novena on Parliament Hill
March 10th - March 19th 2014
(Feast Day March 19th)
Contact Friends of St. Joseph for more information
- Novena prayers begin on Parliament Hill (beside the perpetual flame)at 6:15 AM
- A statue of St. Joseph is carried in procession around the Hill as the Litany of St. Joseph, followed by the Seven Sorrows
and Joys of St. Joseph, is recited.
- Prayers include intensions for Canada, the Archbishop's intensions and end with an uplifting hymn.
- Celebration lasts 25 minutes (dress warmly)...all are welcome.
Paul Lauzon (613)565-2325 Michael Brady (613)823-8618 John Zwicker (613)725-3820
The Black Madonna Icon Arrives In Ottawa
March 18th - 19th 2014
The much revered ancient Icon of "
Our Lady of Częstochowa" ("The Black Madonna") has been credited with numerous miracles and healings - both
of a spiritual and physical nature. Now, after traveling 40,000 miles from Vladivostok in Russia, through 24 countries in
Europe, the Icon is in North America and will be visiting Ottawa on her
From Ocean to Ocean pilgrimage in the defence of life and family.
Please join us as we welcome her and ask Our Lady for her guidance and protection as the Icon visits the following locations
Tuesday March 18
- 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m St. Patrick's Basilica with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Terrence Prendergast. This will be preceded
by rosary and confession starting at 6:30 p.m.
- 9:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. All-night veneration at St. Patrick's until 5:00 a.m. the next day.
Wednesday March 19 - Feast of St. Joseph
To view some fabulous videos documenting the Black Madonna Pilgrimage in various countries, as well as other pertinent
- 6:15 - 7:00 a.m. Icon will be present on Parliament Hill (Centennial Flame) for the conclusion of the annual novena to St. Joseph.
- 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 am Across from the abortion facility at 65 Bank St.
- 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Notre Dame Cathedral with Mass in honour of St. Joseph at 12:15 p.m.
- 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. She returns to St. Patrick's Basilica for the Holy Hour
- 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. St. Hyacinth Parish ( 201 LeBreton St.) Mass followed by Marian prayers. This will be preceded by
rosary and confession starting at 6:30 p.m.
For more detailed information visit
Black Madonna - Ottawa
or call Diane at 613-830-0593.
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 Giftshop Corner
As we approach the season of Lent, it is important to ask ourselves how we can use this important time in the Church
year to deepen our relationship with the Lord. Many resources are available to aid our prayer life. Books like 'Divine
Intimacy: Meditations on the interior life for every day of the liturgical year' and the 'In Conversation with
God' series have helped many to grow in their spiritual life. The Bookstore also carries many Lenten meditation
books based on the writings of Saints such as St. Francis, St. Paul, and St. Therese, We also carry reflections on the Passion,
Death, and Resurrection of Christ by such greats as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and new this year 'New Beginnings, New
Hope; The words of Pope Francis from Holy Week to Pentecost'
Saint Patrick's Historic Pipe Organ
Phase Two of Rebuilding
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.
for more information.
Saint Patrick's Choirs
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.
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
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.
Random quote from
St. John Vianney
"When we go before the Blessed Sacrament, let us open our heart; our good God will open
His. We shall go to Him; He will come to us; the one to ask, the other to receive. It will be
like a breath from one to the other."