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Dear Fiancés
Congratulations on your recent engagement! It is our prayerful wish that the Holy Spirit will bless and guide you during this important time of your life. Your decision to begin a lifetime commitment to each other is a graced moment. May the Lord bless your decision and bring your plans and desires to fulfillment. In its sacramental ministry, the Catholic Church is at the service of the Lord's mission and of its members. You have decided to consecrate your love in the sacrament of matrimony. Our goal is to support you in that decision and to bring you, as a consecrated married couple, to participate in the life of your faith community. This is the reason why we, like you, take seriously the preparation of marriage. It is a sacrament which is a moment of grace for the members of the Church, both you who celebrate it as well as for the entire community who shares your joy. Our Cathedral church is unique in that it is at the service of all the members of our diocesan parishes as well as the members of the Cathedral parish. As a result, you may celebrate your marriage here in the Cathedral if you are a member of the Cathedral parish or of one of the parishes of the Archdiocese of Ottawa. In addition, we welcome visiting priests and deacons to bless marriages. If you intend to invite a priest or a deacon to bless your marriage, we would ask you to indicate his full contact information (name, complete address and phone number... etc.)

If either of you has been previously married - religiously or civilly - you must receive a written authorization of our diocesan Chancery Office before a date can be set for your marriage at the Cathedral. If this situation concerns either of you, you should contact the Chancery Office [] at (613) 738-5025 and receive this written authorization before meeting the Rector of the Cathedral. To celebrate a marriage in the Catholic Church, at least one of the fiancés must be a baptized Catholic. It is strongly suggested that baptized Catholics be confirmed before their marriage. If you have not been baptized and/or confirmed, we'll be happy to discuss the possibility of a preparation for baptism and/or confirmation at the Cathedral. Please do not hesitate to raise the question during our first meeting. Please note that completion of an authorized marriage preparation course is mandatory. Your marriage date is accepted on the condition that you will fulfill all requirements for marriage preparation which includes completion of an authorized preparation course before your marriage date. Failure to complete all requirements may lead to the cancellation of your marriage date.

In general, marriages will be celebrated on Saturdays, at 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Other days and times may be considered. Under no circumstances are marriages celebrated on Sundays.

For the necessary application form to register for a marriage at the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, please contact the office at, or by phone at (613) 241-7496 (between opening hours) or by fax at (613) 241-1627. Please provide your full contact information (full name, address, phone and email address where available).

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News and Events

Easter Schedule 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