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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.

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Message from the Rector

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  1. The Roman Missal highlights the importance of singing at Mass: "Great importance should therefore be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass, with due consideration for the culture of peoples and abilities of each liturgical assembly... every care should be taken that singing by the ministers and the people not be absent in celebrations that occur on Sundays and on Holydays of Obligation." [#.40] We noted that there are not enough copies of CBW II or Adoremus hymnals in the pews. We notice that the popular 'Breaking Bread' hymnals include a lot of hymns that are in CBW II [which is quite outdated and impossible to obtain]. We are able to secure enough free copies of 'Breaking Bread' hymnals to complement the existing hymn books that we have, to enable parishioners to raise their voices at worship.
  2. Regarding the celebration of Confirmation and First Communion, it is important to know that sacraments are celebrated in the parish where the child worships with their parents. Sacraments are celebrations of faith within the context of the worshiping community.
  3. Next Sunday [Nov. 30th] at the 12:15 p.m. Mass, children receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation will be enrolled. Please support them with our prayers.
  4. We have positioned by the baptismal font a list of parishioners who have returned to the Lord this year. Please remember them in your prayers. We also placed the ALL SOULS envelopes beside the list
  5. November is a month of remembering and praying for those who have gone before us. We begin by remembering us say goodbye to our loved one, but not to grieve without hope. Here are some reflections about Christian Funerals:
    • Catholic funeral liturgies are richly prayerful and beautiful: the vigil, the funeral Mass and committal of the body. We involve as many family members and friends as possible in planning or taking part in the funeral liturgies. It is part of the process of coping and adjusting to the new reality [not healing, as grieving is not a sickness].
    • Funerals help us say goodbye to our loved one, but not to grieve without hope.
    • Christian symbols in the funeral Mass speak powerfully over secular items such as flags, since the Mass focuses on what God does to us [new life], not about our earthly honour or accomplishment.
    • The Easter candle placed near the casket reminds us of "Christ's victory over death" and our sharing in that victory.
    • Holy water sprinkled upon the body recalls the saving waters of Baptism, and incense is a sign of reverence, farewell and the community's prayers for the deceased rising to God.
    • The white pall placed over the casket reminds us of the baptismal garment and speaks of our Christian dignity. The ritual encourages the family to place the pall themselves as "the one last thing they can do for their loved one.
    • A growing number of people are choosing cremation over burial, but the Church prefers to have the body present at the funeral Mass, with cremation taking place afterward.
    • Eulogies are not part of the rite of Christian Mass and are preferably delivered at the vigil of prayer or reception rather than at the funeral Mass.
    • To help survivors cope long after the funeral, parishioners might consider becoming involved in bereavement ministry to provide a sympathetic presence and a listening ear even weeks after the initial outpouring of support has ended.

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New Titles in Stock: From Sr. Miriam Heidland, S.O.L.T. comes a powerful new book sharing her personal story of healing by falling in love with Christ. Loved as I Am is endorsed by such well-known authors as Jason Evert and Christopher West. Also new this week, from Tim Staples Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines, and from Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard Spiritual handbook for Catholic Evangelists

We are now in the month of November which is dedicated to the Holy Souls. We have many books and devotions available in the store, including a new release from well-known author Susan Tassone Day by Day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Prepare your heart for Advent: The season of Advent is almost upon us. We offer many resources, including books, calendars, wreaths, and candles, to help you take advantage of this important opportunity for spiritual growth.

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November 2014 -  Overview for the Month

The month of November is dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory, whose feast is celebrated on November 2.
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Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.

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.

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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.
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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.

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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