Canada's National Shrine
to the North American Martyrs
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A Jesuit Priest will be available for a brief spiritual conversation by phone.
Monday to Friday, 10am - 12nn & 1pm - 3pm
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You can choose a date and request an announced Mass online through our website.
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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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