Over 200 people gather for Opening Day Mass
Martyrs’ Shrine opened Saturday, May 06 2017 with an Opening Day Mass at 12:00 noon. Approximately 208 people gathered to celebrate the beginning of a new season at Martyrs’ Shrine.
Those present joined in a ceremony to place the Monstrance, holding the Blessed Sacrament, in the St. Ignatius Chapel. This new space, paid for with funds raised at last season’s annual Tiawenk fundraising dinner and auction, will allow pilgrims to pray in adoration with the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day, and will welcome students, and community groups for programming during the off season.
Restoring our Church, Reinforcing our Identity
Through generous benefaction, the church at Martyrs’ Shrine has also been the centre of a project to restore its interior to its original architectural design layout.
The shrine sanctuary has been restored to reflect its original architectural design as much as possible, and the relics of Sts. Jean de Brébeuf, Gabriel Lalemant, and Charles Garnier have once again been given a place of prominence in its right nave to allow pilgrims a space of prayer and quietude with their blessed intercessors.
Les Trois Soeurs
The shrine café has also received a major facelift including a rebranding, a redesigned interior, and new menu. Renamed Les Trois Soeurs (French for The Three Sisters), the café will be open to visitors and locals daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and offer Brunch on Sundays.
In the news
CTV Barrie did a segment during their CTV News at 6 announcing our opening and the changes at Martrys’ Shrine.