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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. As a result of the shortage of available priests in the summer, we find it necessary to reduce the number of weekday Masses on a temporary basis. From July 2nd until the end of August, our weekday Mass schedule is as follows:
    Monday to Friday:
    7:00 AM (in main Basilica),  12:15 PM (in scavi),  4:30 PM (in scavi)
    Saturday:   8:00 AM (in main Basilica)
    Statutory Holidays:   9:00 AM (in main Basilica)
  2. We have a number of weddings and funerals over and above the four regular daily Masses. Parishioners are always invited to support parish couples or deceased members of the community by your presence at Mass. We shall make a concerted effort to inform parishioners whenever there is a funeral service or an upcoming wedding.
  3. I would like to thank Leonard Jaros for many hours of dedicated help given to the Basilica, especially assisting with assessing the financial situation of the Basilica. Special thanks to Jean-Serge Quesnel for having accepted to be the new chair of the Council.
  4. Fr. Jessimar Tapia will be leaving us at the end of July, as he has been appointed as Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church as of August 1st. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to him for his pastoral presence and all that he has contributed to the Basilica during the last two years that we have been appointed here.
  5. We welcome Fr. Emmanuel Siljeur of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, who will be making the mission appeal the weekend of June 27th & 28th at all Masses. The annual mission appeal is to help financially the pastoral mission of dioceses or areas, permission for which has been granted by our archbishop.
  6. We have begun to do some long-term planning in order to improve parking at our Gloucester lot. In order to do this, we have asked John Cooke and Associates to provide an estimate for an assessment of the present state of the Rectory. They will provide for us valuable information for any future development possibility. This feasibility study will cost the Basilica around $12,000. Parishioners who are interested in helping to defray the cost of this, please donate to the Restoration Fund.

July 2015 -  Overview for the Month

The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus.
The cup of blessing that we bless,
is it not the sharing of the Blood of Christ?

For overview of month including Papal Intentions, click HERE.

Knights Of Columbus
Saint Patrick's Basilica Council
invites you to join their trip
Washington, DC
September 17 - 20 2015

There will be a priest from Saint Patrick's Basilica attending this trip as well as Knights of Columbus.
For more information click HERE.

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New Books in Stock:

The Marriage God Wants for You: Why the Sacrament Makes All the Difference by Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Cardinal Wuerl reveals this sacramental gift as he explores the structure, meaning, and beauty of marriage.

The Drama of Salvation: How God Rescues You From Your Sins and Brings You To Eternal Life by Jimmy Akin. A seasoned apologist, Akin uses his expertise in Scripture and Church teachings to provide clear answers on the questions surrounding salvation.

Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture's The Gospel of John by Francis Martin and William M. Wright IV. The latest installment in this excellent Scripture study series.

Summer is starting to warm up! Check in with us every other week for our Summer Reading List starting in July.

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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 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

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