Martyrs' Shrine (August 2002): As much fun as Liz and I had in most of the churches we poked out heads into, there were a few real duds that I didn't even waste time mentioning in the church issue of the zine.
Probably the most depressing failure of the issue was the Martyrs' Shrine in Midland. As I'd attended various World Youth Day events around town, everyone had told me that the shrine was one of the best Catholic hang-outs in Canada, and eventually I foolishly convinced Liz to that we should drive up there and check it out.
The martyrs sucked hard. First off, we were charged a $6 "grounds fee" which they attempted to pass off as a "donation". While the church looked good from the outside, inside, it seemed much smaller, and looked like it had been thrown together out of some old, broken cottages. Everything was tightly locked up, and they wanted $5 just to light a candle.