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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. We welcome Father Jean de Dieu, who has moved into residence.
  2. Parishioners are invited to bring their own candles that need to be blessed [either from home or the gift shop] on the feast of the Lord's Presentation [next Monday, Feb.2nd] after each Mass. The presiding priest will bless them at the main entrance of the church as they leave.
  3. On the Feast of St. Blais [Tuesday, Feb. 3rd], parishioners can have their throat blessed after Mass.
  4. Please be reminded that weekday confession schedule before the 12:15 p.m. Mass starts at 11:45 a.m., until just before Mass; and before the 4:30 p.m. Mass [confession starts at 4:00]. We try to avoid running confession into Mass itself, so that those who attend Mass enjoy full, active and conscious participation. Sat. confession starts at 3:30 p.m. sharp until 4:15 p.m.
  5. Many thanks for all those who helped organize the farewell for Fr. Francis Ndey, especially all those who are discerning to become Catholics in our faith community. They are fully immersed into the life of our Basilica by their service in faith community-building.

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We are now carrying a great selection of religious Valentine's Day cards, perfect for sending to all your loved ones! We also have gifts and gift bags, as well as The Story of Valentine's Day by Nancy Skarmeas, a beautiful board book for children which explains the true meaning of St. Valentine's Day.

Back in stock: Practical Theology - Spiritual Direction from Saint Thomas Aquinas, by bestselling author Peter Kreeft, a fascinating read that draws from the writings of one of the Church's greatest theologians to help us lead more saint-like lives.

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January 2015 -  Overview for the Month

The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus, which is celebrated on January 3.
In the Name of Jesus let every knee bow,
of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth
and let every tongue confess that the Lord Jesus Christ
is in the glory of God the Father.

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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