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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

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

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.

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.

Gourmet Fruitcakes, Made by the Cistercian Monks
Cakes are now available in the parish office. Only the small loaf cake is available for $15. Proceeds go to assist the Monastery and Campaign Life Coalition.

Collection to help prepare Christmas Baskets
The Knights of Columbus of Notre Dame Cathedral are organizing a food drive from November 8, 2015 to December 6, 2015 to help the needy people in our community. Your generous support will enable us to help many families and spread joy during Christmas time. Please place your non-perishable food items at the back in the Cathedral.

Confessions During Advent
A Eucharistic adoration will be held December 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Priests will be available during this time to celebrate the sacrament of penance with you. Priests will also be available to hear confessions half an hour before each mass on December 19 and December 20.

Midnight Mass Tickets
There will be no tickets for midnight mass this year (first come, first served).

European Union Christmas Concert
To celebrate the holidays in European style, the European Commission delegation and the Diplomatic Missions of the Member States of the European Union, invite you to attend a Christmas Concert featuring European Christmas Carols and Songs sung by various Ottawa Choirs.. The concert will be held on Friday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Entry is free-will offering.

Advent and Christmas Carol Concert
Sunday, December 20 at 2:30 p.m. Come celebrate with the Cathedral Choirs, the Children's Choir, the Women's Choir and the Cathedral Brass.

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