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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.



June 2016 -  Overview for the Month

The month of June is dedicated to The Sacred Heart of Jesus.


Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
truly present in the Holy Eucharist,
I place my trust in you.


For overview of month including Papal Intentions, click HERE.


Saint Patrick's Basilica Parish Invites
You to Join Their Trip
Quebec's Ancient Shrines & Grosse Île
September 8 - 11, 2016

Come celebrate the Shrine at Sainte Anne de Beaupre & the Mercy Door, a visit to Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site, a visit to the Official Holy Door at Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral & a visit to Our Lady of Cape Shrine at Cape de la Madeleine.

For more information 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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New Books in Stock:

In From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph, Jeannie Ewing combines her training in psychology and counseling with real-life examples. She herself is no stranger to suffering, battling many layers of sadness, loss, confusion, and anger. She shows that there is much life to be lived in the midst of loss and that even the most painful life experiences are working for a greater good.

Spring is finally here! Come into the store to see our new tabletop wind chimes and garden stones, glassware and kitchen tools. Help freshen up the house with our unique collection of home and garden décor!

May is the month dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. Stop by the store to learn more about Christ's Mother and Ours. Get to know her better through such titles as Behold Your Mother and Mysteries of the Virgin Mary: Living Our Lady's Graces.

Please note that the Gift Shop will be CLOSED, Monday, May 23rd, for Victoria Day. Have a blessed and peaceful holiday!

Visit us online!
We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new website and online store! Please visit www.stpgiftsandbooks.ca to view our large selection of Catholic books, DVDs, giftware, and much more. Spread the word and show your support for Catholic resources in the community.

Register for our E-newsletter! Like us on Facebook! Visit us online!
Website: www.stpgiftsandbooks.ca
Phone: (613) 235-7963
E-mail:




Click HERE to read the Archbishop's Pastoral Exhortation.

Click the play button to listen to the Exhortation and Fr. Richard's comments.
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Link to mp3 file

Click on the links below to listen to Dr. Tim Lau's talk on Euthanasia.
Download mp3 files  A ,  B and slides  PDF

Scroll down and listen to all 3 sessions of Dr. Lau's series
"Trying to find the way in a confused world".


Adult Faith Education Series: Winter 2016
Trying To Find The Way In A Confused World
Recordings from 3 all evenings

Topic: Trying to find the way in a confused world: Reflections of a Catholic Psychiatrist
Where: in the Saint Patrick's Basilica Scavi

Session 1 (February 10) : What does it mean to be human? Five questions that can change the way you see the world.
      Download mp3 files  
A ,  B and slides  PDF
Session 2 (February 17) : Care not killing: The rationalization of suicide as the answer to human suffering. (Euthanasia)
      Download mp3 files  A ,  B and slides  PDF
Session 3 (February 24) : A prescription for happiness: Ten things Dr. Lau has learnt from his patients.
      Download mp3 files  A ,  B and slides  PDF

Presenter: Dr. Lau, MD, FRCP is Distinguished Teacher and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa.

For more information, click HERE

The Venerable Michael McGivney Honoris
invites you to join our Prayer Line.

Send us your prayer requests!

For more info check The Prayer Line page at The Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney Honoris Web Site.


Pastoral Letter for the Year of Mercy 2015-2016
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"Jesus Christ is the face of the Father's Mercy". With these words Pope Francis invited everyone to take part in a special Jubilee Year of Mercy. It began on the Solemnity of Mary's Immaculate Conception, December 8th , 2015 and will end on next year's Solemnity of Christ the King, November 20th 2016.

To read more, click HERE
For more info on the Year of Mercy including the indulgences, click HERE.


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


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.


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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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