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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.

Message from the Interim Rector

celtic cross It's great to be back, albeit temporarily. I look forward to renewing past friendships.
I will be your interim rector until March 31st, 2016. The plan is that Msgr. Beach will replace me as your permanent rector as of April 1, 2016.

Fr. Richard

Saint Patrick's Basilica
160th Anniversary Dinner

To mark the 160th anniversary of our parish, the Basilica will have a Mass of thanksgiving on Saturday Oct 17th, 2015 at 4:30 p.m., presided by the Archbishop, followed by a catered dinner in the Scavi. Tickets are $35/person and are available in the gift shop (except Sunday's), at the Kent St. entrance after Sunday masses, or via secure online facilities, click here. Proceeds will help sponsor a Syrian refugee family.

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New Books in Stock!

Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: Judges and Ruth is the newest installment in this excellent scripture study series, providing expert commentary, notes, and study questions from renowned Biblical scholars Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch.

Day by Day with Pope Francis: A Stand-Up Calendar by The Word Among Us. Let Pope Francis touch your heart each day with inspiring words that will both challenge and comfort you.

Living the Truth in Love: Pastoral Approaches to Same-Sex Attraction, edited by Janet E. Smith and Father Paul Check, provides guidance for those seeking to be instruments of Christ's love to those who experience same-sex attraction.

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Learn about this important devotion through books such as Praying the Rosary with Pope Francis and Rosary Gems: Daily Wisdom on the Holy Rosary. We also have many meditative rosary CDs such as Mother of Mercy - Scriptural Rosary and The Complete Still Waters Rosary.

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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.

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

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 2015 -  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 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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