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.
All remaining Christmas merchandise, including Nativity sets, Advent candle holders, ornaments, and kitchenware are all available at 30% off or more! Shop early for the best selection!
We have a wide range of books and resources to help draw you into a deeper relationship with the Lord through this powerful devotion.
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.
Owing to work being done in the rectory, the phone and internet systems of the Basilica and rectory will be intermittently out of service on Tuesday, January 17 and, possibly, on Wednesday, January 18. The voice mail system should be working and we will be checking for voice messages regularly. There will be a phone greeting provided to callers to inform them of the situation. We will return calls as soon as possible.
Please pray for the repose of the souls of Fr. Ernst Schoenhammer, O.M.I. and Rafael Rojas, whose funerals were celebrated here this past week. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord!
Friday, January 20, from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, January 21, in the Basilica Scavi. Details may be found on the bulletin boards.
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,
With the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord last Monday, we completed the Christmas period. We now begin several weeks of Ordinary Time before the observance of Lent that will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 1. At the beginning of Advent, we started the new liturgical year with the Gospel of Saint Matthew being the evangelist who will accompany us for most of this year. Ordinary Time provides us with the space in which we can deepen the mystery of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. To quote the Liturgical Calendar: “On the first day of the week, the Lord’s Day, God assembles the beloved people to hear the Word, to reflect upon it, to offer the living sacrifice of praise, and to eat and drink the banquet of the Lord. Then God sends them forth to proclaim his love by their words and actions. Sunday is the original Christian Feast Day … Today’s Christian communities continue this tradition by celebrating every Sunday as the day of the risen Lord.”
As is our practice at Saint Patrick’s, when there is no obligatory Feast or Memorial on a Saturday, we will celebrate the day as Our Lady’s Saturday.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated again this year from January 18-25. Let us continue to work for, as well as pray for, that unity among Christians desired by our Lord. We know that divisions among Christians are a counter-witness to the Gospel and, so, we remain committed to the ecumenical work that has been the fruit of much dialogue and fraternal effort for many decades. In our own area, we thank the Lord, and our Christian brothers and sisters, in the cooperative work of charity which is carried out by the Centretown Christian Churches that regroups a number of Anglican, United, Presbyterian and Catholic churches. This joint effort of Christian charity is a powerful witness of the Gospel values which we hold in common. Before Christmas, I had the privilege of leading the Advent Prayer Service for our Centretown Churches Social Action Group, which was followed by a time of fraternal sharing over a shared meal.
- Fr. Kevin