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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. Why do we call the Easter Sundays as Sundays of Easter and not after Easter?
    With Easter, we celebrate the climax of the Paschal Mystery - God raised Our Lord Jesus Christ from death to life, the first fruit of those who have fallen asleep, and the foundation of our hope. The church rejoices in this great mystery through the 50 days of festive celebrations and we also celebrate First Communion for children who have reached the age of reason. As well, our archbishop will preside and celebrate the Confirmation of our young people in the Basilica. Each Sunday during this season is rightfully part of Easter. Even though the secular world names one day as Easter Day, the church sees the 50 days as a whole, with Pentecost marking the conclusion of the season. We celebrate the founding of the Church on that day, with the diversity of gifts for Community Building acknowledged. We celebrate also the vitality of our Christian community of Saint Patrick's by encouraging people to see ourselves as disciples who exercise our baptismal calling and use our gifts for the benefit of all.
  2. Having experienced the long queue for confession during Mass from time to time, and in order not to have confession and the Mass running into each other, I have consulted with the priests and moved up the time of confession 15 minutes earlier before the 12:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Masses. [As a confessor, I find it very difficult to focus on being attentive to the penitents while the Mass is going on].
    Confessions have begun to be heard at 11:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively. This by no means reduces the time of confession, as I have instructed the priests to continue hearing confessions until the Mass is about to start. Our intention is to encourage those who are retired and are not confined by office hours to come early, take advantage of ample confession time, so as to give way to those who can only do so just before Mass. Our aim is to provide an environment which facilitates everyone to have full, active and conscious participation at Mass [Vatican II, Constitution on Sacred Liturgy, paragraph 14].
  3. Here we are at the very special liturgical season of the Church Year. On behalf of the staff, I wish everyone a very blessed and joyous Easter Season!

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Come Pray For Canada
& the whole world
On Parliament Hill

22nd annual


  • Good Friday (April 18) through Divine Mercy Sunday (April 27)
  • 6: 15 AM @ the Centennial Flame,
    duration about 25 minutes
  • Pray a sunrise novena while processing on Parliament Hill. Honor the Divine Mercy while seeking God's mercy and blessing on Canada

sponsored by friends of St. Joseph
Paul Lauzon 565-2325 Michael Brady 823-8618 John Zwicker 725-3820

Divine Mercy Explained by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC

The following two video links provide great insights into Divine Mercy: More info in booklet form:

Blessed Sacrament in Monstrom Vigil Of Eucharistic Adoration
Friday, April 25th, 2014, 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.

April 2014 -  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.

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New this week in the Gift Shop: by Anne Hendershott & Christopher White Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests & Bishops is Revitalizing the Catholic Church.

In one week the Church will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday and rejoice in the canonizations of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII. In honour of this, the bookstore has a large display of books, pictures, and other items of both Popes. As well as a special offer; the new book by Jason Evert, Saint John Paul II the Great: His Five Loves, in a limited edition paperback for only $9.95, and if you spend $100 you receive a Free copy.
Browse the Gift Shop and Bookstore online.

The Black Madonna Icon In Ottawa
March 18th - 19th 2014

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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 Historic Pipe Organ
Phase Two of Rebuilding

Organ pipes The second phase of rebuilding the pipe organ will begin Monday, January 20th. As many components will be taken to Casavant Frères in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, there may be occasional noise in the Basilica during the day while the staff are working. Stage two is expected to be completed in April at a cost of approximately $144,000 plus tax. Phase three will then commence with a completion in the summer at a cost of about $133,000 plus tax.

Click HERE for more information.

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.

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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.

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