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Ministries and Services

Become Involved!

We would be delighted to have you join us in our activities. If there are any ministries, programs or committees which interest you, please complete the Registration form located at the entrance of the church. We are always looking for parishioners willing to donate one or more hours per week in different ministries. A listing of our ministries follows.


The Liturgy Committee

Lisette Laroche, Gwen Walsh, Hélène Bourdon, Madeleine Thériault, Anne Hurtubise, Joanne Levesque, Msgr. Daniel Berniquez.

The Liturgy Committee is co-chaired by Lisette Laroche and Gwen Walsh. If you are interested in joining the preparation teams for the English Eucharists, you would be most welcome. They are always looking for people to help serve, to proclaim God’s Word, to be Ministers of Communion, to greet people, to assist with the collection and the Offertory Procession.



Infant Baptism Team

Deacon Ricardo Santiago is the Coordinator of a team which prepares families and young people for the Sacrament of Baptism. They are always delighted to welcome new members on their team which is vital to our community. (Deacon Gilles Ouellette heads up the identical team in the French sector of this Parish).


The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Yet another dynamic team welcomes new members to this important ministry at the Cathedral. These committed Catholics assist young adults and adults in exploring the Catholic faith in this process which leads to the celebration of Baptism or Confirmation in the case of those already baptized. It is a unique process which transforms those ministering as much as those exploring.

Marriage Ministry

Denise Ross heads up the Celebration Preparation Team. This ministry organizes the rehearsals for all the Wedding Celebrations at the Cathedral, including preparing those who will proclaim readings or offer prayers and all others who will play a role in the event.


Music Ministry

The Cathedral has an extensive musical program. Michel Guimont is the Music Director of the Cathedral and the Organist is Jennifer Loveless. The Youth Choir alternates with the Women’s Choir, under the direction of Joan Fearnley at the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist. The Senior French Choir sings at the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist and the Senior English Choir sings at the noon Mass. Cantors provide singing leadership at all other weekend Eucharists. The choirs sing from September to mid-June. If you are interested in any aspect of the musical program, please contact Michel Guimont, through the Parish Office.


The Knights of Columbus

Under the leadership of the Grand Knight, these dedicated Catholic men assist in the charitable and liturgical works of the parish. New members are always welcome to contact them through the parish office.


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News and Events

Easter Schedule 2015

Archbishop's Easter Message 2015

The Blessed Sacrament will be present in the chapel after the 5 PM Mass on Thursdays and in the Church, every 1st Friday of the month after the 12:15 mass until 5:00 p.m..

Adoration - First Friday of the month
Adoration in the church after the 12:15 mass until the 5:00 p.m. mass.

Confessions are held 15 minutes before each mass

Chrism Mass
We are all invited to participate in the Chrism Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. Archbishop Prendergast will preside.

Tenebrae Service Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 p.m.
A service of readings, songs and prayer. A male voice chorus anchored by the men of the Cathedral choirs will sing the Tenebrae texts.

Good Friday, April 3 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Way of the Cross in the streets of Ottawa sponsored by Communion and Liberation. Departure from St. Patrick's Basilica, corner Nepean and Kent at 9:30 a.m. and arrival at Notre Dame Cathedral around 12 noon. Archbishop Prendergast will lead this procession with prayer, meditation and song.

Sacred Music Concert - Wednesday, April 8th - 7:30 p.m.
The Polish Embassy is sponsoring a concert with choir, soloists and orchestra under the direction of Mariusz Monczak. The program will include Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Caccini, etc.

Sacred Music Concert - Saturday, April 18th - 7:30 p.m.
The Ottawa Sparrows Children's Choir, member of the Sacred Music Society will sing Haydn's Creation under the direction of Uwe Lieflander. Tickets may be purchased at the door $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

Neophyte Mass
The celebration will take place on Sunday April 19th at Noon. All those who have completed their initiation at the Easter Vigil come together with the Archbishop at this special celebration.

Wedding Anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving
Notre Dame Cathedral, Sun., May 3, 2:30 p.m. For couples celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 + years of marriage in 2015. Please register with your own parish.

A Brief History and Parishes of the Archdiocese of Ottawa – 125 years
This hard cover book, containing 256 glossy paper pages with full colour throughout, shows some of the dynamic life and activities of our parishes. It is currently available at the office at a cost of $35 each.

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La Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame/Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica 2013