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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. Our congratulations to the children in the parish who celebrated their first communion last Sunday:  Alexander Doak, Sophie Dalpé and Molly Lyn Claire Maloney.
  2. Saint Patrick's is celebrating our 160th anniversary. We were delighted to offer 'Celebrating our gifts' after all Masses last weekend. A special thank-you to Sheila Jones for co-ordinating the event and to Andrée for organizing the social after the Masses. Thanks also to all the volunteers who made posters / appealing artwork to help people appreciate the ministries and services available at the Basilica. Many who participated were delighted to discover the needs and even signed up to assist in various ministries!
  3. Winter-get-away for 21 Day South America Tour & Cruise with Father Wong in January 2016. Highlights:  2 Days Pre-cruise tour the Chilean capital Santiago  -  15 Days Star Princess Cruise of Argentina, Chile & Uruguay  -  4 Days Post-cruise tour the Brazilian capital Rio de Janeiro & Iguazu Falls (UNESCO).  Cost:  $5,590 based on double occupancy + tax. Interested parishioners, please contact Dennis Kam of JBC Travel at 613-569-3888 X103 or email to
  4. If you were not present for the last couple of weekends, please find a copy of the financial report from 2014 as well as the budget for this year at the doors of the church. Many thanks to Marcia, Jean Serge, and Tom of the finance council for their verbal presentation to the parishioners on the weekend of April 11 & 12.
  5. Parishioners are encouraged to attend weddings and funerals in the Basilica to show our solidarity and support with the family. Parish Masses are never by invitation only. We will make a concerted effort to inform parishioners in advance.
  6. At the last pastoral council, we discussed how to encourage people to be comfortable attending Mass at the Church, and use the Scavi screen only in case of necessity [overcrowding, etc.] We urge parishioners to welcome parents who have children with special needs. These parents often worry about disturbing other worshippers if they were to remain in the church. I encourage parishioners to receive them, because they are also part of the Body of Christ, the Church. We also extend a special welcome to children, even if they sometimes happily make noise. Children's presence are voices of vitality. As a faith community we welcome people of all ages, because we are pro-life!

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New Books Now in Stock:

Idol Thoughts by Fr. Denis Lemieux looks at the root causes of our misery in the "idol thoughts" (deadly sins) that infest our minds. Fr. Lemieux shows us how to counter these thoughts and draw closer to God.

In Silence and Action: The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in Canada, 1892-2010 by Chantal Gauthier and France Lord. This beautifully illustrated and well-researched book brings to light the vibrant Canadian history of the largest female missionary institute in the Catholic Church. Also available in French.

An Illustrated History of the Church: The Great Challenges by Guy Bedouelle is a fascinating examination of the many challenges faced by the Church throughout the centuries. Packed with photos, illustrations and art, this book is the perfect addition to any coffee table or classroom.

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April 2015 -  Overview for the Month

The month of April is dedicated to the Holy Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful:
and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

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.

Father Robert Spitzer on Intellectual Evangelization

Fr. Robert Spitzer SJ, a former President of Gonzaga University, gave a great presentation describing Intellectual Evangelization, which is his method for evangelizing young adults. In this 48 minute lecture, Father Spitzer covers compelling subjects such as Near Death Experiences as well as why an all powerful God allows suffering.

Visit: Happiness, Suffering And The Love Of God

Fr. Spitzer's main Website where you can find other powerful material including free video presentations: Magis Center

Other links of interest:
Short video: Are you HAPPY? (describing four levels of happiness)
College series: The Reason Series - Episode 2

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 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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