Martyrs' Shrine season to continue online only.

Please note that our Church, Grounds, and Office is currently closed to all visitors. Our staff continue to work remotely and can be reached by email or telephone to answer questions, process donations, accept prayer requests, and book groups for 2021.

Impact to our 2020 Season

Martyrs’ Shrine has been evaluating the latest provincial and ecclesiastical COVID-19 guidelines to determine their effect on our usual pastoral care for pilgrims. Under these requirements, our relics, statues, and candles, for which people come to venerate and pray with, must be roped off from visitors, critical facilities such as washrooms are not permitted to be opened, and the capacity of our Church and Grounds are limited to a point where tens of thousands of visitors would necessarily be turned away. 

The eased restrictions are promising steps towards a level of normalcy, that allow the Catholic faithful to avail of the Sacraments again within their local parishes, something that is all-the-more critical in difficult times such as these. However, they represent a radical transformation to the experience and level of spiritual care that we could offer at our National Shrine. 

It has therefore been decided that Martyrs’ Shrine will not be opening its Church, or its Grounds, until 1 May 2021. Instead, efforts and resources, this season, will be focused on providing prayer, pastoral care, and ministry, through new digital mediums on our website. This decision represents the first time, in Martyrs' Shrine’s nearly 100-year history, that it has not been open to pilgrims, and is a temporary measure representative of the magnitude of the global pandemic.

As Martyrs’ Shrine relies almost entirely on the generosity of those who visit in-person to support its Mission of prayer and healing, we now have an urgent need for donations. We ask those who can, to help protect our Mission today, so that we may continue our work and be present for you tomorrow. Donations can be made on our website at www.martyrs-shrine.com and are eligible for a receipt for income tax purposes. 

It is our belief that the scope of prayers made through the intercession of St. Jean de Brébeuf and his companions reach far beyond the gates of Martyrs’ Shrine. Though pilgrims will not be able to be physically on-site, we will ensure they can remain connected to Martyrs’ Shrine in other ways. The Jesuit Fathers who serve the apostolate are increasing their Ministry of Prayer by accepting petitions, requests, and Mass intentions, to be prayed for next to the relics of our Martyrs, through our website, and will continue to serve in a variety of out-reach ministries throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto and beyond.

Together, we pray for the healing of our world, and all who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Online Spirituality

Although pilgrims cannot be physically present on the shrine grounds, or in the Church, we continue in our Mission of Prayer and Healing through our website by clicking any of the following:

We are currently working on adding more services to our website and will update it regularly.

Our grounds, Church, and Office are currently CLOSED to all visitors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to come with a small group if we book ahead and respect physical distancing?

Unfortunately, no. Both the Church and the Grounds are closed to visitors for the remainder of 2020.

Can we book an Online Mass in lieu of our Pilgrimage?

Absolutely! We can book a special taping of Mass dedicated to your community. Please email our Programmes team at clorenz@martyrs-shrine.com.

I wanted to request a Mass, renew my Martyrs' Shrine Association membership, or make a donation at the Office, can I still do that?

Our Office is closed to visitors, but our staff continue to work remotely. You can call us at 1-855-526-3788 or email us at info@martyrs-shrine.com, and we will be happy to assist you.

Is there anything I can do to help Martyrs’ Shrine?

We are almost entirely funded by the donations made by visitors who come to our site. We now have an urgent need for donations. If you can, we ask that you donate to help support the shrine today so that we can be here to serve you tomorrow.

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Can I book a visit for next year?

Absolutely. Please email bookings@martyrs-shrine.com and our staff will follow-up as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience.

Are we allowed to walk the grounds?

Unfortunately, no. Our gates are locked, and our property is closed to visitors. We look forward to reopening on May 1 2021. In the meantime, you can participate in Mass online, request a candle be lit for your intention, submit a prayer intention, or live chat with a Jesuit.

Is there still Mass at Martyrs’ Shrine?

We have Mass said every Sunday that is broadcast on our website at 8:00 am and available for viewing throughout the week.

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I have a question about your closure, who can I contact?

Should you have any questions, please contact Allex Laurin, Manager of Marketing and Programmes.

Things are starting to open up again, will the shrine open too?

Unfortunately, no. We look forward to restrictions lifting and a return to normalcy, however Martyrs’ Shrine will not reopen until May 1, 2021. We encourage you to support your local parish in the meantime, and stay connected with us through our website.

Will Martyrs’ Shrine be open for First Light?

At this time, Martyrs’ Shrine will not reopen until May 1, 2021.

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Light a Candle with Us

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!