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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
Parish Photo Directory Update
We have secured one additional date, Monday October 6, for photo sessions here at the Basilica for those who were unable to book
an appointment in September.
Click HERE to register, or call 613-233-1126, ext. 595 for assistance.
Those who are unable to attend the October 6 may register for an October 7-11 appointment at St. Maurice's Parish (Meadowlands and Merivale) by
calling Lifetouch (our photographers) at 1-866-756-0281 and quoting our parish account # 113461, to ensure your photo is placed in our directory.
Message from the Rector
- We have a group of people who are inquiring about becoming Catholics. We are meeting with them on Sundays after the 11 a.m. at the Knights
of Columbus Chamber. Parishioners who would like to assist please connect with me. Please be reminded that initiating new members is the
responsibility of all the baptized.
We need sponsors to mentor the inquirers, listen to their stories: how the Spirit has guided them to seek this faith journey.
- I have invited Sr. Sheila Finnerty to give us a workshop on the Dismissal and the Catechumenate on Sat. Oct. 18, 9:30-noon. All lectors and
others who would like to be involved in initiation ministry are encouraged to participate.
- Why is the Roman Missal important for our liturgical worship? Beginning in Advent, 2011, Pope Benedict asked that the whole church follow the
norm set out for how Mass should be celebrated.
All those who are engaged in ministry at Mass should be part of the worshipping community. We do not expect the lectors or ushers to leave the
Mass after finishing their ministry, nor is it proper for priests to pop in and out to give Communion to the assembly. For this reason, the
Canadian Bishops remark that priests and deacons have priorities in giving Communion to the faithful only when they are present for the entire
Mass [See Pastoral Notes on the implementation of the New Roman Missal #250 and the book "How Not to Say Mass", (available at basilica library), p.42].
We are gradually moving in the direction of implementing sound liturgical practice by employing both priests and deacons as well as the laity who
are part of the assembly to assist in the distribution of Holy Communion.
- I invite all those who missed out on the photo session to take part on Oct. 6 here or at St. Maurice the following days, so that our directory
can be more complete!
- I have accepted to be on the Council of Priests [which the bishop consults pertaining to policies for priests and the churches in the diocese]
for a second 3-year term. I have also accepted to a 5-year term on the College of Consultors for the Diocese [which deals with approval of
Parish Construction Projects].
Saint Patrick's Giftshop Corner
New Books: A new English edition of Romano Guardinin's Meditations on the Christ: The Model of All Holiness.
Get inside Jesus' life and ministry and discover the often surprising ways you can be like Him today. Also new this week The Joyful Spirit
of Padre Pio: Stories, Letters, and Prayers by Patricia Treece. One of the most popular and beloved saints of the twentieth century,
Padre Pio was a man of contrasts. This new compilation contains selections from popular titles, breathing new life into classic offerings and creating a
devotional with short, inspirational entries.
New In Stock: Get ready for 2015 with our Saints Monthly Planners and 2015 wall calendars that feature beautiful works of art depicting
angels, saints, and Our Lord.
Back by Popular Demand: Travel mugs! These handy mugs are the perfect accessory for the cold weather. Come check out the whole collection!
Saint Patrick's Historic Pipe Organ
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.
for more information.
For more photos, 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.
September 2014 - Overview for the Month
The month of September is dedicated to
Our Lady of Sorrows
, whose memorial the Church celebrates on September 15.
And thy own soul a sword shall pierce,
that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.
For overview of month including Papal Intentions, click
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.
Saint Patrick's Choirs
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.
Divine Mercy Prayer Line
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:
Random quote from
St. John Vianney
"...it is because we are there in body but not in spirit and that rather our coming there
completes our condemnation because of the bad dispositions with which we assist. Alas! For all
those badly heard Masses which, far from insuring our salvation, harden us the more."