Canada's National Shrine
to the North American Martyrs
Watch a prayer said by one of the Jesuit fathers by the Relics online.
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We need your help to sustain us and continue our ministry during these challenging times.
You can choose a date and request an announced Mass online through our website.
8-Day Lenten Retreat
8-day virtual retreat, facilitated with daily 20-minute videos preached by Fr. Louis-Martin Cloutier, SJ March 25th to April 1st
Message from the Director
The past year has proven to be very challenging as we’ve been navigating the effects of a global pandemic. Even since the publication of our latest Martyrs’ Shrine Message earlier this month, circumstances are changing quickly, and I wished to keep you as informed as possible.
It pains me to inform you that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the proposed inoculation schedule of the Federal Government, it is clear that the Church and grounds of Martyrs’ Shrine will not be open to the general public this season but will resume normal operations in May 2022. This was, by no means, an easy decision. However, putting your health and wellbeing ahead of our own, I had to stare clearly at the facts. If the current nationwide inoculation plan remains as it is, the vaccine for COVID-19 will only be offered broadly in the early spring, meaning that most of our visitors would remain at risk throughout the summer.
Moreover, it is unlikely that social distancing protocols would allow, in time, for groups in the thousands to gather; as they usually do on this Sacred site.
Nevertheless, I remain filled with hope, and all of the Fathers here are eager to serve!
We, therefore, reach out to you through our website. There, you can join our Sunday Mass. You can also request a Mass intention, make an offering, or ask for a candle to be lit for you by a Jesuit. We also invite you to sign-up for one of our new, on-line, Eight-Day-Ignatian-Retreats.
For those who, in these challenging times, would like a moment of prayer with us, I am also happy to announce our new hotline: 1-855-495-PRAY (7729).
My friends, as we enter into our Novena with St. Joseph, I pray that this letter finds you in good health and consolation, and offer my heartfelt thanks for your dedicated support of our mission during these very challenging times. With St. Joseph, we are united to you in prayer, and very much look forward to seeing you all when we open on 1 May 2022!
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Michael Knox, SJ
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Masses in honour of our annual pilgrimages
From Canada's National Shrine to the North American Martyrs
As Martyrs' Shrine has been forced to postpone all pilgrimages until 2021, an unprecedented reality caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jesuit fathers here have invited the priests and organizers of our annual cultural pilgrimages to come say Mass for their communities inside the Church of St. Joseph. We look forward to welcoming all our pilgrimages in 2021 when we reopen May 1st.
Annunciation Byzantine Romanian Catholic Mission Mass - June 2nd 2020In honour of the annual pilgrimage of the Annunciation Byzantine Romanian Catholic Mission that could not take place in physical form in 2020, Martyrs' Shrine welcomes Fr. Ionel Maier, who shared a Mass for members of their community.
Martyrs' Shrine is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider supporting our Mission during these difficult times at www.martyrs-shrine.com/donate
Czech Mass Recorded June 8 2020 at Martyrs' ShrineThis Mass is offered to the members of the Czech community who were unable to attend the annual pilgrimage at Martyrs' Shrine in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Fr. Ján Čukáš presided at the Church of St. Joseph at the National Shrine to the Canadian Martyrs.
Mass in honour of the Konkan and Goan PilgrimagesFr. Patrick Coldricks, SJ offers this Mass inside the Church of St. Joseph at Martyrs' Shrine to the members of the Konkan and Goan pilgrimages.
July 18 2020 - Our Lady of Good Health, Tamil Catholic Community of Toronto MassThis special Mass said for the Tamil Catholic Community of Toronto was said at Martyrs' Shrine in Tay, Ontario in honour of their annual pilgrimage. Although Martyrs' Shrine remains closed until May 2021, this Mass is said inside the Church of St. Joseph for the intentions of the members of the community.
Sri Lankan Pilgrimage - CSLCAONTFr. Claude Perera, OMI presided at Mass in honour of the annual Sri Lankan Community Pilgrimage to Martyrs' Shrine.
Feast of Our Lady of SorrowsThis Mass was filmed with the participation of the Dolorosa community. It was presided by Fr. Michael Knox, SJ, Director of Martyrs' Shrine.
Rosary Sunday 2020
Ask a Jesuit to Light a Candle
Amidst the challenges we are all facing with the COVID – 19 epidemic, is there a particular person or intention that you would like to offer up to God in prayer? Whether on the front-line serving others, at work, in isolation, at home, or abroad, click below to have a candle lit for you by a Jesuit Father at Martyrs’ Shrine. Our prayers transform us, and the world around us!
Martyrs' Shrine Association
Through MSA membership, you and your family will share in the spiritual community of prayers and benefit from a hundred Masses offered for you each year. Receiving “The Shrine Message” twice annually is an added benefit as well!
- Annual Family Membership ($25 donation)
- Perpetual for a Family, living and deceased ($150 donation)
- Perpetual for a Deceased individual ($40 donation)
Call us today and our staff will be happy to enroll you into the MSA.