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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 or bilingual 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

Come Join the Cathedral Children's Choir

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

Concert June 5th at 3 pm
An hour long concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Women's choir and of our organist, Jennifer Loveless. Suggested donation $20.

Bilingual Mass June 9th at 7:30 pm
celebrating the foundation of the Diocese of Bytown on June 25, 1847 and the anniversary of its elevation to an archdiocese on June 8, 1886 presided by the Archbishop.

Bilingual Mass July 1st at 9 am
presided by Archbishop Prendergast celebrating Canada Day. We will close the church after the mass.

Concert July 9th at 8 pm
part of the Music and Beyond festival. The performers are Les Violons du Roi from Quebec city.

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.

Door of Mercy
The Door of Mercy is open during the hours when the Cathedral is open.For pilgrimages of 15 people or more, please call the office to ensure that the Cathedral is available and not already booked for confirmations, weddings, funerals and other events.

Office Hours
The office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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