Chrism Mass
      Photo taken by Raymond Dubois at Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Chrism Mass
      Photo taken by Raymond Dubois at Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Chrism Mass
      Photo taken by Raymond Dubois at Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Jubilarian Dinner
      Photo taken by Robert Du Broy at Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Jubilarian Dinner
      Photo taken by Robert Du Broy at Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Jubilarian Dinner
      Photo taken by Robert Du Broy at Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    • Holy Week and Easter

      The offices of the Archdiocese of Ottawa are closed from Thursday, April 17 at 12 (noon) and re-open on Tuesday, April 22 at 8:30 a.m.

      Holy Week Services in the Archdiocese of Ottawa

      Consult our Holy Week services for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday (by location). The Archdiocese of Ottawa serves 54 English parishes, 51 French parishes and 15 national parishes. Consult our Google map of parishes to find the closest one to you. Consult our parish directory for our usual Mass times. Have a blessed Holy Week and a Happy Easter! May God bless you!




      Archbishop Prendergast's and Bishop Riesbeck's schedule of public events for Holy Week and Easter (Thursday, April 17 to Sunday, April 20, 2014)

      During Holy Week – the most solemn week of the Catholic Church’s Calendar – the Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa, and his Auxiliary, Bishop Christian Riesbeck, CC will preside or participate in the following public liturgies and events.


      Archbishop Terrence Prendergast's Easter message

      Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
       
      Our Easter celebration begins with a proclamation of joy. “Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven…let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph! Be glad, let earth be glad…!”
       
      God’s plan was to rescue people from sin, restoring us to friendship with himself. This has taken place in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!
      Read more.


      Way of the Cross in downtown Ottawa on Good Friday - April 18, 2014
       

      Communion and Liberation is once again organizing the Way of the Cross, to take place on Good Friday, April 18, departing from Saint Patrick's Basilica at 9:30 am and arriving at Notre Dame Cathedral at 12 noon. Archbishop Terrence Prendergast will lead the Way of the Cross. All are most welcome to attend.




      Notes for Holy Week
       
      The Chrism Mass is the primary celebration, during the year, of the Archbishop with the presbyterium. There will be a Penitential Service for priests at 3:00 p.m. The service will be followed by a reception and a supper in honour of the priests celebrating a Jubilee year in 2014. Read more.

       
      Lenten penitential services in the Archdiocese of Ottawa

       Lenten penance services (by date)





      Message for Easter by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

      Life is stronger than death! This is the fundamental conviction of my Christian faith. It is based on a fact: Jesus’ disciples were radically transformed only a few days after his death. Read more.
    • News from Pastoral Services
      Friday Fax - April 18, 2014

      FRIENDS OF ST. JOSEPH: 22nd Annual Novenas begin at the Centennial Flame at 6:15 a.m. for 30 minutes. Divine Mercy Novena, Good Friday, April 18 - April 27 (Divine Mercy Sunday). Triduum of St. Joseph the Worker, April 28 - May 1. Info: Paul Lauzon (613-565-2325); Michael Brady (613-823-8618); John Zwicker (613-725-3820).

      ICON OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: St. John the Apostle Parish, 2340 Baseline Rd., is hosting the Icon of the Immaculate Conception (a reproduction of the painting at Cathedral Notre-Dame de Quebec), Tues., April 22 - Sun., April 27. Available for private veneration immediately before and after all weekday Masses (Tues. – Fri., 9:00 a.m.) and Sunday Masses (Sat. 5:00 p.m., Sun. 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.). Marian prayer service, Sat., Apr. 26, 3:00 p.m. Info: parish office (613-829-1760).

      THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, SAINT PATRICK BASILICA FUNDRAISER FOR THE VENERABLE MICHAEL McGIVNEY HONORIS: The Knights of Columbus of Saint Patrick's Basilica will offer for sale the Souvenir Stamps issued for the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII, on Easter Tuesday in The Gift Shop and at the church doors on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. Souvenir Stamps also regularly available in The Gift Shop. Info: (613-235-7963).

    • Recent News
      Archbishop Prendergast talks about why he supports MHI

      Archbishop Prendergast is a patron of Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI) and he speaks about why he and the Archdiocese of Ottawa are so proud to actively support the work of the organization. View this video on MHI's YouTube channel.




       
      2014 National Week for Life and the Family
       
      The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is providing the following suggested resources and options for the National Week for Life and the Family, May 11-18, 2014. Each diocese in Canada will be deciding how it may wish to adapt or use these suggestions and options, depending on its specific needs, resources, and priorities. Read more.



       
      Mary of Nazareth movie screenings this spring

      St. Margaret Mary parish, Cumberland, is hosting the Mary of Nazareth movie at the Landmark Cinemas (Empire) on Innes Road, Orleans on May 10 at 9 a.m., and on May 17 at 9 a.m.  Cost: $12 adults; $10 for seniors 60+ and students. Tickets: Bob (613-841-0646). All are most welcome to attend.
      View trailer.
    • Preparing for the Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II
      Preparing for the Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II

      The official site is an almost-completed portal which offers contacts, sections for press offices, information, videos and images as well as biographical documentation on John XXIII and John Paul II. It will be available in five languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish and Polish.


      The application entitled "Santo Subito"?, which may be downloaded free in both Android and IOS formats (in Italian, English, Spanish and Polish) and whose title draws on the famed saintliness of both Popes even during their lifetimes, will offer logistical information, as well as access to the main news on the canonisations, and will allow material relating to the various liturgical events to be downloaded.

      Existing media include:

      This latter, developed in 2011 for the beatification of Karol Wojtyla, gives a detailed illustration of the stages in the canonical process leading to the recognition of the saintliness of John Paul II and is available in several languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Romanian.

      Read more on the Vatican Information Service website.
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