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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 Rector

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  • We welcome people who are interested in becoming Catholic Christians. For information please contact Fr. Rick Lorenz or the parish office. We shall immediately assist you in embarking on this wonderful journey of hope! For further information, please check the Basilica website!
  • To commemorate the 160th anniversary of Saint Patrick's Parish Community, the Basilica will have a Mass of thanksgiving on Saturday, Oct. 17th at 4:30 p.m., presided by the archbishop, followed by a catered dinner in the Scavi. There will also be a reception after the Sunday 12:15 p.m. Mass in the Scavi. Further information will follow.
  • You are invited to attend the annual Archbishop's Charity Dinner at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre on Wed., Oct. 21. By designating Chez Mère Bruyère, St. Joe's Supper Table, Hawkesbury Central Food Bank, The Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul as beneficiaries of this year's Charity Dinner, Archbishop Prendergast hopes that we provide help to the less fortunate in our diocese. Ticket order forms, further information: Development Office (613-738-5025, ext. 235) or (dev@archottawa.ca).
  • We welcome Fr. Cryton [from Sri Lanka], as well as Fr. Francis Ndey [from Cameroon] as our resident priests. Fr. Larry [in residence] will still assist us in ministry.


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


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New in Stock:

Joseph Pearce's new book Frodo's Journey uncovers the rich and distinctly Christian meaning beneath the surface of The Lord of the Rings, the immense cultural impact of which is undeniable. Make the journey with Frodo while Pearce expertly reveals the deeper, spiritual significance.

When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Suffering by Jeff Cavins offers a refreshing look at the mystery of pain and suffering. While the world of medicine attempts to relieve suffering and the media tries to sell us on a life without pain, only the Church offers the perspective that suffering has meaning.

Summer is almost over and our Reading List: "10 Books Every Catholic Should Read" is almost complete. Come to the store or check our Facebook page as we release a different title each week!

The month of September is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Learn about this important devotion through books such as The Seven Sorrows of Mary: A Meditative Guide by Joel Giallanza, CSC and Handmaid of the Lord by Adrienne Von Speyr.

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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.


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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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.



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