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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.



August 2016 -  Overview for the Month

The month of August is dedicated to The Immaculate Heart Of Mary.


O Mary Immaculate, inflame our hearts with one ray
of the burning love of thy pure heart.


For overview of month including Papal Intentions, click HERE.


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New in Stock:

Who Does He Say You Are? Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels by Colleen C. Mitchell is a heart-stirring anthem for women who need a fresh reminder of their truest identity - women in the image and likeness of God.

Docat: What to do? the next book in the popular Youcat Series, explains the Social Teachings of the Church, offers youth and young adults an accessible synthesis of Church documents and challenges them to become actively involved in working for greater social justice.

Visit us online!
We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new website and online store! Please visit www.stpgiftsandbooks.ca to view our large selection of Catholic books, DVDs, giftware, and much more. Spread the word and show your support for Catholic resources in the community.

Register for our E-newsletter! Like us on Facebook! Visit us online!
Website: www.stpgiftsandbooks.ca
Phone: (613) 235-7963
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Divine Mercy Prayer Line
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Visit the John Paul II Centre for Divine Mercy online. The Divine Mercy faithful commit to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily for all the prayer intentions that come in through the Prayer Line. If you wish to make a prayer request, send your email to the or call in your requests for prayers at (613) 482-3388.


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.


The Venerable Michael McGivney Honoris
invites you to join our Prayer Line.

Send us your prayer requests!

For more info check The Prayer Line page at The Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney Honoris Web Site.


Pastoral Letter for the Year of Mercy 2015-2016
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"Jesus Christ is the face of the Father's Mercy". With these words Pope Francis invited everyone to take part in a special Jubilee Year of Mercy. It began on the Solemnity of Mary's Immaculate Conception, December 8th , 2015 and will end on next year's Solemnity of Christ the King, November 20th 2016.

To read more, click HERE
For more info on the Year of Mercy including the indulgences, click HERE.


Saint Patrick's Historic Pipe Organ

Organ pipes

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


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 Basilica Parish Invites
You to Join Their Trip
Quebec's Ancient Shrines & Grosse Île
September 8 - 11, 2016

Come celebrate the Shrine at Sainte Anne de Beaupre & the Mercy Door, a visit to Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site, a visit to the Official Holy Door at Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral & a visit to Our Lady of Cape Shrine at Cape de la Madeleine.

For more information click HERE.


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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.



Click HERE to read the Archbishop's Pastoral Exhortation.

Click the play button to listen to the Exhortation and Fr. Richard's comments.
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Link to mp3 file

Click on the links below to listen to Dr. Tim Lau's talk on Euthanasia.
Download mp3 files  A ,  B and slides  PDF

Scroll down and listen to all 3 sessions of Dr. Lau's series
"Trying to find the way in a confused world".


Adult Faith Education Series: Winter 2016
Trying To Find The Way In A Confused World
Recordings from 3 all evenings

Topic: Trying to find the way in a confused world: Reflections of a Catholic Psychiatrist
Where: in the Saint Patrick's Basilica Scavi

Session 1 (February 10) : What does it mean to be human? Five questions that can change the way you see the world.
      Download mp3 files  
A ,  B and slides  PDF
Session 2 (February 17) : Care not killing: The rationalization of suicide as the answer to human suffering. (Euthanasia)
      Download mp3 files  A ,  B and slides  PDF
Session 3 (February 24) : A prescription for happiness: Ten things Dr. Lau has learnt from his patients.
      Download mp3 files  A ,  B and slides  PDF

Presenter: Dr. Lau, MD, FRCP is Distinguished Teacher and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa.

For more information, click HERE


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