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    Forty Reasons I am a Catholic by Peter Kreeft has a self-explanatory title, but the author says it can be misleading: there are more than forty reasons. “Why are you a Catholic?” is a good question which deserves a good answer. Here are forty of Kreeft’s answers.

    Lenten Devotionals and other resources are still available. Stop in the Shop  to pick out a Daily Reflections Guide or an Activity Book for your family to help you prepare for the Resurrection of Christ at Easter.

    March is the month devoted to St. Joseph. Visit us today to find books and devotional resources to help you draw closer not only to the Protector of the Holy Family, but also to his adoptive Son, Jesus.
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  • Prayer intention of the holy father - march

    Evangelization: Formation in Spiritual Discernment

    That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.

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    Parish Bulletin 
    for Sunday March 18
    - Fifth Sunday of Lent
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    Financial Report 2017 & Budget 2018

    The Parish Finance Council has made available to parishioners their report for the year ending December 31, 2017 and the Budget prepared for 2018. To view a copy of the Report & Budget, please click here.

    Employment Opportunity - Part-time Bookkeeper

    The Parish is looking for a part-time bookkeeper. The job description can be viewed by clicking here. Interested candidates should send their resumés to the Parish Office by email to info@basilica.ca

    Christian Meditation

    You are invited to join the Christian Meditation Group meeting on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Learn about the tradition of contemplative prayer, which seeks God in silence and stillness. For more information contact Jack Murta: 613-314-7628 or jack@murtamail.ca

    Way of the Cross  - Friday 7:30 p.m.

    A weekly Stations of the Cross (based on the text of St. Alphonsus Liguori) will be held each Friday during Lent, in the Basilica, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

    Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner & Dance  - SOLD OUT!

    Saturday, 17th March, 5:30-10:30 p.m.

    Refugee Committee Update

    Our second Syrian couple, Alaa Al Hammoud and his wife Manal Al Sahoum arrived in Ottawa on March 7th. They were taken to their new apartment and are settling in with the assistance of members of the Refugee Committee. We are excited to welcome them into our community and to see them reunited with their friends Hisham and Nour who went to the aiport to welcome them to Ottawa.  (See their photo on the Committee page - click here).   

    The Bible and the Sacraments

    Journey through Scripture with us. Know why we are Catholic and join with us, starting each Wednesday, January 17th thru April 4th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Scavi). For more information, call Jim Cairney at 613-229-9484 or e-mail at j-l-cair53@sympatico.ca

  • message from the rector

    March 18, 2018

    Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

    On this Fifth Sunday of Lent, you will note that we have followed the traditional practice of covering the crucifix and statues in violet.  It is a visible reminder that we are approaching Holy Week, the “Great Week” of our Church’s liturgical calendar. 

    Today in the dioceses of Canada, there is the special collection for Solidarity Sunday in favour of the work that is being done by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace – Caritas Canada.  This is the international development agency of our Canadian bishops, supporting projects in developing countries in the name of our Catholic faith.

    Next Sunday is Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord which begins Holy Week, the week which precedes the great feast of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.  It includes ...

    On Monday, March 19, we will celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Principal Patron of Canada, Patron of the Universal Church, and Patron of our Archdiocese.  In a particular way, let us shelter our families under the protective care and prayer of Saint Joseph.

    Mindful of our care of, and concern for, our less fortunate brothers and sisters who are on our parish territory, I noted that 20 boxes of food products were delivered to the Centretown Emergency Food Bank.  .... In the Office of Readings for the Liturgy of the Hours, there was a text on the Saturday of the Third Week of Lent from Saint Gregory of Nanziazen, one of the Greek Fathers of the Church: “Blessed is the one who is considerate to the needy and the poor … Let us lay hold of this blessing, or in the name of being considerate, let us be generous.  Not even night should interrupt you in your duty of mercy. … 

    Fr. Kevin
    ... click here to read the complete Message.