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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.



Message from the Rector

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  1. 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.
    For priests who assist with distribution of communion at weekend Masses, it is imperative that they are present for the entire Mass; otherwise extraordinary ministers are employed. Please refer to the General Instructions, paragraph #100 and especially #162. [For this reason, I make a habit of con-celebrating at the weekend Masses whenever I assist with Holy Communion].
  2. I appreciate the effort of parents with young children in bringing their children to church on time. However, there are a significant number of people who arrive after Mass has started. Please make an effort to arrive on time so that we can worship together as members of the Body of Christ. Also, after our reception of Holy Communion, the assembly is called to be united together in rendering a communal gesture of reverence and thanksgiving. Please make an effort to stay until after the final blessing. [I understand that at times there are extraordinary circumstances for individual worshipers to leave early.]
  3. We are planning an Anointing of the Sick celebration at the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Sat., Nov. 1st. I encourage the sick, the frail and elderly to participate, with the community gathered to pray and support them. Should you know of anyone who is shut-in and can benefit from the sacrament, please bring them to church. As its name implies, healthy parishioners obviously do not need to receive the sacrament of anointing.
  4. Regarding the celebration of Confirmation and First Communion, some parents are concerned that, since their children are attending a school outside of the parish area, they will have to go to another parish in order to celebrate the sacraments of initiation, including Confirmation and First Communion. It is important to know that Our Diocesan Guidelines suggest that sacraments are celebrated in the parish where the child worships with their parents. Sacraments are celebrations of faith within the context of the worshiping community. They are not to be treated as school functions. Unlike a school function, such as a field trip where participation is mandatory, parents have to request that they prepare their child for the celebration of these sacraments of initiation. While Catholic schools do provide a very important component of on-going catechesis for the child, the parents and parish share a partnership as well.
  5. During the season of Easter, school-aged parish children around age 7 will celebrate their First Communion. Parents are free to register with the Basilica if they wish to enroll their child for the sacrament.
  6. Please note that the administration of the sacraments is gratuitous [except for marriage]. Diocesan regulations require that any donation at baptism, confession and anointing of the sick be turned over to the parish general funds.


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.


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New This Week: Every year, the Church gives us the beautiful season of Advent to prepare spiritually to celebrate the mystery of the Incarnation at Christmas. Too often though, Advent seems to rush by in a blur of activity and we miss the opportunity for spiritual growth. This year, why not take the time to plan for Advent? The bookstore is now beginning to display resources for Advent, including books, calendars, wreaths, and candles. Be sure to drop by and ensure yourself a wonderful Christmas by preparing for a fruitful Advent.

New In Stock: Get ready for 2015 with our Saints Monthly Planners and 2015 wall calendars that feature beautiful works of art depicting angels, saints, and Our Lord.

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October 2014 -  Overview for the Month

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7.
Our Lady of the Rosary
The Lord hath blessed thee by His power,
because by thee He hath brought our enemies to nought.


For overview of month including Papal Intentions, 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


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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