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.
Discovery by Karina Fabian invites you along with The Rescue Sisters of St. Joseph de Cupertino as they join the secret mission to explore a crash-landed alien ship. Humanity's first contact with beings from beyond the solar system is bound to unlock the mystery of life and challenge the souls of the entire crew.
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Christian Unity - That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.
Our congratulations and prayers accompany the families of Rowan Ravi Ahmed, Carson Scott Fiander and Marie-Evelyne Izabela Colligan,
who were baptized in our Basilica.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Barry Kuntz, whose funeral was celebrated here this past week. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord!
February 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple. It is also traditionally known as Candlemas Day. On this day, the Church blesses candles that will be used in the parish and the homes of the parishioners. Candles will be blessed here at the Basilica on Thursday, February 2nd at all Masses. You may purchase candles ahead of time in the Gift Shop, or bring candles from home. After the Feast, blessed candles will be available in the Gift Shop.
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Some thoughts with respect to the proclamation of the Word of God at Eucharist as we listen particularly to the Gospel according to Matthew this year … we are called to HEAR the Word at Eucharist. It is why Scriptures are proclaimed. We listen to the proclaimed Word because we believe that, in the proclamation within the context of Mass, the Word of God comes alive and can take on life in us. Therefore, it is better to listen to than to read the Scriptures as they are being proclaimed. I would recommend, though, that you read the Sunday Scriptures at home, or from the Sunday Missal in your time of preparation before Mass. One thing that has impressed me at Saint Patrick’s since my arrival is the quality of proclamation done by our lectors. I know that the readings are well prepared and, almost without exception, the proclamation is done with clarity and faithfulness to the meaning of the text.
Next Saturday January 28, we celebrate the Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church. St. Thomas is one of the great thinkers of the church whose philosophical and theological work continues to enlighten many, particularly those who pursue the study of the sacred sciences. Our diocese is particularly blessed by the presence of his religious community, the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans), who continue to administer, and teach at, the Dominican College located on Empress Avenue, not far from the Basilica. Dominican Fr. Martin Farrell continues a very active ministry, both in Eucharist and in the confessional, with us in addition to his teaching and community responsibilities with the Dominicans. We are grateful to him and to them.
- Fr. Kevin