From the gate looking out: what I’ve learned from my time at Martyrs’ Shrine
I’d like to start with a surprising (or perhaps not surprising) fact, the Church here at the Martyrs’ Shrine isn’t a parish church. While it’s true that we don’t hold funerals or weddings or operate day- to-day the way a parish church does. I however, propose that we are a Community church. If we expand what we define as “community” we have the opportunity to see two different perspectives. One is the massive scale. The large numbers of pilgrims that come thought our gates every year and the many more family and friends that are prayed for here every day.