National Shrine of MaryMother of the Church

Mother of the Church

Welcome to

The Mothers' Shrine

  • 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.

The Shrine was constructed in the mid-1980s as a way to honor Mary the mother of Jesus and to handle the overflow crowds at 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 or 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
Summer Mass Schedule:
beginning 5/27/17
  5:00pm in Church
  8:00pm at Shrine


  8:30am at Shrine
10:00am in Church

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

Up Coming Events

Wednesday, Jun 21 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Thursday, Jun 22 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Friday, Jun 23 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Saturday, Jun 24 at 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Click on Home/Calendar to see more future events

Flower Beds

There is a flower bed waiting for
your touch to keep it lovely all summer.

Look at the chart in the vestibule and pick your bed or call the office and
we will help you.
First Saturdays Pilgrimages

April 1—October 7

July 1—Mass only
Commemorating the 100th
Anniversary of Our Lady’s Appearance
at Fatima

Click here to read
The Catholic Missourian's article.


Video credit: Anita Harmon

Granite panels can be purchased for $6,000.00.  This donation entitles you to the top line.

We have receive check for one panel and another is in the way.  Once we get 4 more panels paid for, we can order the granite.  Please consider this special gift.
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May - K C Cornbread


2 (8 ½ oz) boxes Jiffy cornbread mix

    2 (9 oz) boxes Jiffy yellow cake mix

    2/3 cup milk

    1 cup water

    4 eggs

    12 cup oil



    Mix all ingredients.

    Pour batter into greased and floured 9x13 pan.

    Bake at 400 for 5 minutes, then lower oven to 350 and bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean and top is lightly browned.

    Serves 12

    June - Pot Roast


    Lightly brown the meat, remove from skillet, brown onions & garlic.
    Transfer meat to a roaster and sprinkle liberally with Montreal seasoning, salt, pepper.
    Pour some beef broth into the skillet, stir to loosen drippings, pour into roaster.

    a can of coke
    a box of beef broth
    pkg au jus
    pkg dry onion soup mix

    Spoon browned onions and garlic over the meat.
    Roast at 300 till tender (or overnight).
    Remove meat, thicken broth for gravy.
    Add jar of mushrooms to the gravy.

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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