Silayan Community Centre
Visit to Martyr’s Shrine (Midland)
and Summer Picnic
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Meeting at Food Basics Parking Lot
Time: 9 AM
Cost: $18.00/person – (Bottled Water included)
For Reservation, please call Silayan Community Centre at
416-926-9505 by August 17, 2009
(ask for Sophia, Albert or Tess)
About Martyr’s Shrine
SAINTS LIVED HERE Every year, from mid-May to early October, thousands visit , a memorial to the men of courage and faith who came from France over 350 years ago and planted the roots of Christianity in the Huronia region of Ontario.
From Highway 12, twin spires above the tree line mark this landmark church erected in 1926 to honour these “Canadian Martyrs”. Inside are traditional Stations of the Cross, statues, icons and relics; but the immediate impression is that you have entered a Huron longhouse of the 17th century. Dark cottonwood panels form the walls; the ceiling is fashioned in the shape of an inverted bark canoe. You sense a blending of two cultures, two spiritualities, in one sacred space.
Atop “The Lookout”, imagine standing with the Jesuit missionaries and the Huron peoples, watching for the supply canoes. The view of Georgian Bay and the Wave Valley River is virtually unchanged by time.