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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. As a result of the shortage of available priests in the summer, we find it necessary to reduce the number of weekday Masses on a temporary basis. Until the end of August, our weekday Mass schedule is as follows:
    Monday to Friday:
    7:00 AM (in main Basilica),  12:15 PM (in scavi),  4:30 PM (in scavi)
    Saturday:   8:00 AM (in main Basilica)
    Statutory Holidays:   9:00 AM (in main Basilica)
  2. We have a number of weddings and funerals over and above the four regular daily Masses. Parishioners are always invited to support parish couples or deceased members of the community by your presence at Mass. We shall make a concerted effort to inform parishioners whenever there is a funeral service or an upcoming wedding.
  3. We welcome Fr. Richard Lorenz, a newly ordained priest of the archdiocese of Ottawa, to join our pastoral team. He will be replacing Fr. Jessimar Tapia as vice-rector, at the beginning of August. I would like to thank Fr. Tapia for his dedication to his ministry at the basilica for the last two years. We wish him God's blessings as he embarks upon his ministry as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.
  4. We have begun to do some long-term planning in order to improve parking at our Gloucester lot. In order to do this, we have asked John Cooke and associates to provide an estimate for an assessment of the present state of the Rectory. They will provide for us valuable information for any future development possibility. This feasibility study will cost the Basilica around $12,000. Parishioners who are interested in defraying the cost of this, please donate to the Restoration Fund.

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

You are able to send in requests. For more info check The Prayer Line page at The Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney Honoris Web Site.

Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney Honoris Novena
August 6-14

The Knights Of Columbus and the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney Honoris are sponsoring a Novena August 6-14. This year is special for us as it is 125th Anniversary of the death of our founder. This Novena will be said publicly after all Masses or it can be said privately. Novena Prayer cards will be available.

For more information visit the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney Honoris website

July 2015 -  Overview for the Month

The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus.
The cup of blessing that we bless,
is it not the sharing of the Blood of Christ?

For overview of month including Papal Intentions, click HERE.

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New in Stock:

The Drop Box DVD tells the incredible true story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect abandoned children.

Divine Mercy Candles: These flameless, locally designed candles are perfect for using in homes, hospitals, or retirement homes.

This summer, check out our Reading List: "10 Books Every Catholic Should Read." Come to the store or check our Facebook page as we release a different title each week!

The month of August is dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament. Learn about this important devotion through books such as Transforming Your Life through the Eucharist by Fr. John Kane and The Hidden Manna: A Theology of the Eucharist by Fr. James O'Connor

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and browse the Gift Shop and Bookstore online.

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.

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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