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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We are having a pastoral council election on Wed. Jan. 15th at 7 p.m. in the Scavi. Nominations are accepted until
Friday, Dec. 13th by phone to Fr. Wong at 613-233-1126 ext.#515 or
. Please ensure that the candidate has accepted to be nominated, and seconded by another person. According to
Diocesan guideline, eligible members must be "baptized Roman Catholics over the age of 16 and registered in the parish." Please
give prayerful consideration to this important endeavour.
With the lighting of the two Advent Candles from the Wreath marking the Second Week of Advent, our focus will shift from
the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time [continue from last Sunday] to the Birth of the Saviour [His first coming].
It is time to prepare our minds and hearts so that we ponder in a deeper way the meaning of the Incarnation, so as to be ready
to celebrate this great mystery of Divine Love.
Additional pamphlets for multi-faith housing are
available at the church entrances.
With the Rite of Acceptance for three unbaptized adults, who have completed their inquiry stage and now seek to become
catechumens, please pray for them as they continue their faith journey. As they are not yet part of the priestly people, offering
prayer of intercession for others during Mass, they will be dismissed from the assembly to be fed by the Word of God, until such
time as they become the Elect for Baptism, Confirmation and Communion at a Easter Vigil in the future.
We shall begin having baptisms during Mass on Jan. 12th during the 9:30 a.m. Mass. This involves the assembly's participation
in the signing of the children to be baptized, our prayerful support and witness for the children, their parents and godparents.
As baptism is the most important Sacrament in the life of the children [their incorporation into the community and first step in
discipleship, it is most fitting that it happens during the Sunday Assembly during Mass.
This is the beginning of the Year of Welcome, I would like our parish to make a concerned effort to join with Pope Francis, in
creating a community that welcomes strangers. Our Diocesan Pastoral Year theme of Romans 15:7 [Welcome one another as Christ has
welcomed you] calls us to be instruments to facilitate the encounter with Christ in his Church in a fruitful way.
Fr. Robert Barron on how to
Live the Season of Advent
It's easy to overlook the season of Advent by just setting our eyes on Christmas. But as Fr. Barron explains in the two
videos below, Advent can be a spiritually enriching time, one in which we anticipate the full glory of Christ.
to view these videos.
December 2013 - Overview for the Month
The month of December is dedicated to the
Immaculate Conception, which is celebrated on December 8 (the feast has been transferred to December 9 this year)
All honour to you, Mary!
From you arose the Sun of Justice,
Christ our God.
For overview of month including Papal Intentions, click
Saint Patrick's Giftshop Corner
Advent books, Wreaths, Candles and Christmas Cards are still available. We have a wide selection of books, music, DVDs,
nativities, ornaments and religious gifts, games and puzzles. Come browse for Christmas ideas to keep Christ as the centre
of our celebration.
New Releases: "Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches", George Weigel, "God's Bucket
List", Teresa Tomeo, "Deathbed Conversions", Karen Edminsten, "The Urgency of the New
Evangelization", Ralph Martin and the much-awaited "Voyage to Alpha Centauri" by Michael O'Brien.
Pope Benedict's "Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives" is also a wonderful retreat as we prepare for
Christmas Schedule: Saint Patrick's Gift Shop & Bookstore will close Tuesday, December 24th at 2:30 p.m. and
reopen January 6th for regular business hours. We encourage you to shop early for Christmas and Epiphany.
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.
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.
Basilica Exterior Restoration
Those noticing will see the bright copper on the roofs at the west end of the Basilica. On closer inspection, the fresh paint
on windows, the rebuilt buttress on the Gloucester Side, and the repointed stonework become evident. As the contractors work to
complete this year's work before the frost and winter conditions commence, we thank parishoners for their generous support and
their understanding of parking restrictions. Soon the scaffolding will be removed and the stonemasons will turn their attention
to the steps at the Kent Street entrances. We will do our best to minimize inconvenience and ask your consideration of the workers.
While this year's work completes the Exterior Restoration we still have an Organ Restoration and loan repayment to the
Archdiocese to accomplish. Any contributions directed to these causes are welcomed and appreciated.
Pipe Organ Restoration
Our church has been part of the history of the nation's capital since 1875. Nearly 20 years ago, in 1995, this church
became a Basilica, reflecting its importance in our community. The last major rebuild of our 1887 pipe organ was carried
out 83 years ago, in 1930.
We have begun restoration of this historic pipe organ to its former glory. This is a necessary and ongoing major project,
with an overall cost approximating $300,000.
Our friends and parishioners have responded with several significant gifts. With their generosity we have now completed Phase
One of the 3-part project. Phases Two and Three will restore the ranks of pipes to their full glory. For this, however, further
financing is still required. At least $200,000 remains to be raised towards this campaign.
Tax receipts will be given for all money donated to the pipe organ restoration. If you value music as part of our liturgical
tradition and wish to help with this effort, please clearly mark your donation for "the Pipe Organ Restoration Fund".
for more information.
New to the website:
Rosary Beads 2 talking rosary! click HERE
And back online:
Searchable Papal Encyclicals! click HERE
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
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.
Pope Francis Explains the Gate of Faith
and Why Jesus Speaks of a Narrow Gate?
The image of the gate recurs several times in the Gospel and is reminiscent of home and hearth, where we find safety, love
and warmth. Jesus tells us that there is a gate that allows us to enter into God's family, into the warmth of the house of God,
of communion with Him...
HERE to read more