Saint Patrick's Basilica has a long history in the City of Ottawa, being its first English-speaking Roman Catholic Parish. The present church 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 reconciliation - Catholics citywide make use of the confessional at Saint Patrick's. It also serves the downtown core and offers Masses before work (7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m.), during lunch (12:15 p.m.), and after the workday (4:30 p.m.), with confessions before each Mass, and six Masses for Sunday Obligation.
Archbishop Prendergast has published his Lenten Letter ... "This Lent, I invite you to join me in renewing our journey as Catholic Christians on the path to holiness ..." (click here for the letter)
"The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift" ... click here to read the Message on the Vatican web site.
Development and Peace - Caritas Canada has 50 years of solidarity with the church’s mission for the triumph of integral human development and peace. The Share Lent 2017 campaign focuses on women being at the heart of change and invites you to partnership in service as did Mary, the Mother of Our Lord. For inspiring stories, visit devp.org/sharelent/videos.
That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church
An open letter has been sent to the members of Ontario's Provincial Parliament by His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, together with a number of other religious leaders, asking the Government of Ontario to enshrine into law the protection of conscience rights for health-care practitioners in Ontario who refuse to participate in the administering of euthanasia. The open letter was released on 27 March 2017 with respect to provincial Bill 84 (Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act). To read the letter on the CCCB web site, click here.
The Parish Finance Council approved and submitted to the Archdiocese the parish Financial Report for the year ending December 31, 2016. A copy of their report to parishioners can be viewed by clicking here.
Friday March 31 is the Diocesan Day of Confessions in the Archdiocese of Ottawa. There will be extra confessors available at Saint Patrick Basilica during our normal times of confession. In addition, confessions will also be heard from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the Stations of the Cross.
The Knights of Columbus will once again this year be sponsoring a weekly Stations of the Cross which will take place on the Fridays of Lent, in the Basilica, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
March 26, 2017
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
On Friday, March 17, we had a wonderful celebration for St. Patrick’s Day at the principal celebration which took place at 10 a.m. when Archbishop Prendergast presided at Eucharist. A large number of people went downstairs to the Scavi Hall to enjoy a splendid lunch. For these types of major events, there is always a long list of people to thank. I do not risk naming individuals for fear of forgetting someone, but I do want to mention the numerous groups that were involved: those involved in organizing the day which began in earnest two months ago; those involved in the liturgies including heads of ministries, musicians, lectors, servers, ushers; those involved in the planning and serving, ... (click here to read the complete Message)