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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.



Message from the Rector

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  1. Congratulations to the children in the parish who celebrated their baptism last Sunday, Lena Rae Labrecque and Keana Olivia Smith. Please give prayerful support to their parents and godparents, and also for Christian D'Angelo, who received his First Communion last weekend.
  2. There are still a number of copies of the photo-directories available to be picked up at the parish office. If you had your photo taken and have not received a copy, please do so as soon as possible. Additional copies are available at $5 each.
  3. 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 Our noise. Children's presence are voices of vitality, as a faith community we welcome people of all ages, because we are pro-life!
  4. Mental illness is an issue that affects many. We have invited a member of ANCOURA to speak to us at the end of the Masses on May 24th weekend. This is an organization that assists people with mental illness, so that they can embark upon the journey to regain health and contribute to society.
  5. The recent devastation created by the earthquake in Nepal requires immediate assistance. The Canadian Bishops have requested that parishes help with relief effort. Donations will be sent through Development and Peace to this cause. The government has decided to match the amount of individual donations. On your behalf, our outreach committee has decided to contribute $3,000 towards this worth-while cause [from the money collected for outreach, not operations]. All individual donations in addition will be welcome.
  6. On the feast of the solemnity of Pentecost [weekend of May 23-24], we intend to offer Communion in both species at the 4:30 p.m. Mass, Saturday. Parishioners who attend this Mass are asked to stand for Communion at both centre aisle and window aisles and return by the pillar aisles.
  7. Please note the church schedule for Victoria Day, May 18. Both the gift shop and the rectory office are closed that day.


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New Books Now in Stock:

Were you at the March for Life? This past Thursday was the annual rally on Parliament Hill in defence of the Right to Life. Come to the Gift Shop this week to learn more about the questions surrounding this issue and what the Church teaches about the dignity of Human Life. Changing Sides "reveals Abby Johnson's conversion from Planned Parenthood director to Pro-Life Activist." Monica Migliorino Miller's Abandoned "...is a first-hand account of the Pro-Life movement from the front lines of the abortion battle." Catholic Bioethics and the Gift of Human Life by William E. May explains Church teaching on euthanasia, in vitro fertilization, genetic counseling and much more.

June is just around the corner and it's almost time for Graduation. We have a variety of gift ideas for the graduate in your life, from bookmarks to picture frames. Don't forget to pick up something special for that Teacher who helped make it all possible.

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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.

May 2015 -  Overview for the Month

The month of May is dedicated to the The Blessed Virgin Mary.


Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising,
fair as the moon, bright as the sun?


For overview of month including Papal Intentions, click HERE.


Blessed Sacrament in Monstrom Vigil Of Eucharistic Adoration
Friday, May 22nd, 2015, 8:30 p.m.
Saint Patrick's Basilica (in the Grotto)

Praying for priests, for an end to abortion and for world peace.
Continuous rosary, chaplet of Divine Mercy and Litany of Reparation

Vigil ends with Masses in the Basilica at 7:00 & 8:00 a.m., on Saturday.


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
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 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


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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.



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