National Shrine of MaryMother of the Church

Mother of the Church

  • Behold Thy Mother
    Behold Thy Mother
  • Our summer crowd
    Our summer crowd
Behold Thy Mother
Behold Thy Mother

"With What Price We Pay for the Glory of Motherhood."

Give the gift that lasts more than a lifetime by engraving your name.

Welcome to the National Shrine of Mary,

Mother of the Church

"The Mothers' Shrine"


The Shrine was constructed in the mid-1980's as a way to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus, and to handle the overflow crowds as the summer services. 
In 2003, the Shrine was recognized as the 16th National Shrine in the United States.

The Mothers' Wall is a tribute to all mothers, living and deceased.  Patrons can visit the Shrine at any time to view these names.  Patrons can also purchase space for future engravings.

Father John Schmitz, Pastor

Special Events

Summer Mass Schedule:

SAT  5:00pm in Church


         8:00pm outside at the Shrine

SUN  8:30am outside at the Shrine

        10:00am in Church

Monday thru Friday 9:00am
Rosary-prayed daily at 8:30am
Grounds open at all times.

Up Coming Events

Sunday, Aug 28 at 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Sunday, Aug 28 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday, Aug 29 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Tuesday, Aug 30 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Click on Home/Calendar to see more future events

Responsorial Psalm: 8/21

Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
Weekly Pilgrimages
August 24, 31
September 7, 14, 21, 28

1:00 Rite-Holy Door, Sacrament
        of Reconciliation,Talk,  
        Private Meditation, Chaplet

3:00 Mass
Jesus both demonstrated mercy and demanded it of his followers. Pope Francis points to the miracles
Jesus worked, the relationships he formed, the parables he taught. His mercy prompted him to feed the hungry crowds; restore a son to his grieving mother; speak of the lost sheep, the lot coins, and the welcome shown to the prodigal son. In the parable of the servant who refused to imitate his master who forgave him a debt, Jesus makes it clear that mercy is the criterion for all his followers:

"Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?"
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Bible Verse of the day.
Why not consider doing something unexpected and unique for your mother or a special mother that you know; something that would demonstrate our gratitude for everything she has done.

Mothers do not ask for anything in return for their limitless love and admiration for their children. All they want is happiness for their children. However, we should let our moms know they are appreciated and truly loved. Their hard work should never be overlooked.

The "Mothers’ Wall of Life" features the names of mothers throughout the world.  There are currently over 4,000 names of mothers from around the world engraved in the polished black granite surrounding the 14 foot stainless steel sculpture of Mary.  Engraving are every 6 weeks April through October. The only requirement is to be a mother in any sense of the word, living or deceased, regardless of race, color or religious affiliation.  Price is $400.00 to engrave a name in granite that will last a lifetime.
Add A Mother's Name. "ClickHere"

OR, have your Mother's or Loved One's Name posted on our

"Online" Virtual Wall

Place a name for a Tribute or Celebration:
to a loved one or mother you love to be displayed for $25.00.

The name would be displayed, plus the celebration or tribute would also be listed. Great Birthday, Anniversary, or Special Occasion gift. Displayed & Posted on this Website.
Add a Name to the Virtual Wall