St. Patrick's Basilica Ottawa ON

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About St. Patrick's Basilica

Saint Patrick's Basilica is the oldest English speaking Catholic parish in Ottawa. It was founded in 1855, although its development goes back much further. Construction of the present Church began in 1868. The original architect was Augustus Laver of the firm Fuller and Laver, architects of the East and West blocks of the Parliament Buildings.

In the long course of constuction, the original plan was changed considerably. In 1872, the cornerstone was blessed by Bishop Guigues, the first bishop of Ottawa, and laid by Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada.

In 1875, the as yet incomplete building was blessed by Archbishop Duhamel and named for the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish have always played an important part in Saint Patrick's parish and most of its pastors have been of Irish Descent.

In the beginning, Saint Patrick's looked after all the English-speaking Catholics in Ottawa and across the river in Hull. Gradually, as the English Catholic population increased, new parishes were established and the territory of Saint Patrick's was reduced. Today it is a downtown parish in a neighbourhood that is more business than residential.

Gothic in style, Saint Patrick's Basilica is made of local stone. It has double aisles and a short transept. It seats a thousand people.

Location of worship

St. Patrick's Basilica
St. Patrick's Basilica
281 Nepean Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5G2
Phone: 613-233-1126 ext. 515

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Church Pastor

Rev. Bosco Wong
Rev. Bosco Wong
281 Nepean Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5G2
Phone: 613-233-1126 ext. 515

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Other Church Leaders:
Rev. Jessimar Tapia: Associate Rector
Rev. Larry McCormick: Retired in Residence
Deacon Jim Scheer: Permanent Deacon
Deacon John George: Permanent Deacon   Edit
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St. Patrick's Basilica Ottawa Mass Times

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Liturgy Schedule

Holy Thursday
April 2nd - Basilica opens at 7:30 a.m. & closes after Night Prayers

8:15 a.m. LAUDS, morning prayer
Mass at 7:30 p.m.
Night Prayers at 10:00 p.m.

Good Friday
April 3rd - Basilica opens at 7:30 a.m. & closes after Way Of The Cross

8:15 a.m. LAUDS, morning prayer
9:00 am Archbishop's Stations of the Cross starts here with 2 stations
3:00 p.m. - Good Friday Liturgy
7:30 p.m. - Way of the Cross

Holy Saturday
April 4th - Basilica opens at 7:30 a.m. & closes after Easter Vigil Mass
8:15 a.m. LAUDS, morning prayer
8:00 p.m. - Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday
April 5th - Basilica opens at 7:00 a.m. & closes at 2:00 p.m.
Masses at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m.
(There will be NO 9:00 p.m. Mass)

Easter Monday
April 6th - Basilica opens at 8:00 a.m. & closes at 10:00 a.m.
Mass at 9:00 am
Holy Hour at 8:00 am
(There will be NO 12:15 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. Masses).

Regular Weekday Masses

Weekdays: 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 12:15 pm, 4:30 pm
Saturdays: 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 4:30 pm

Masses for Sunday Obligation
Saturdays: 4:30 pm (Low Mass)
Sundays: 8:00 am (Low Mass) , 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:15 pm, 9:00 pm

First Friday
Masses at 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 12:15 pm, 4:30 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament follows the 12:15 pm Mass until Benediction preceding the 4:30 pm Mass.

First Saturday
Liturgy of the Hours: Lauds, 7:30 am


6:45 am, 7:45 am, 11:45 am - 12 noon, 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm,
6:45 am, 7:45 am, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Daily Holy Hour
Weekdays: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am to 9:30 am
Sunday: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Novena: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Tuesday at the 4:30 pm Mass
Novena: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Wednesdays at the 4:30 pm Mass   Edit

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Altar Servers
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Pastoral Home Care
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St. Vincent de Paul Society

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Christian Meditation
Knights of Columbus Council 12158
Knights of Columbus Assembly 0860
Legion of Mary
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The Venerable Michael McGivney Honoris

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Gift Shop and Book Store (613-235-7963)
Weekdays 11:00 am to 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sundays 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Edit

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