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

Friday, Jul 28 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Saturday, Jul 29 at 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, Jul 29 at 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday, Jul 30 at 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

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Granite panels can be purchased for $6,000.00.  This donation entitles you to the top line.  Please consider this special gift.

A generous benefactor donated $1,000 toward a slab of granite and is challenging others to match her $1,000.

Let’s see how many matching $1,000 checks we can receive!
First Saturdays Pilgrimages

April 1—October 7

Commemorating the 100th
Anniversary of Our Lady’s Appearance
at Fatima

Click here to read
The Catholic Missourian's article.


Video credit: Anita Harmon
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Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

August 5 - Michael McGlenn, world class singer and Notre Dame football player. "Confidence in God through Divine Mercy" a must for all of HIS children.

September 2 - Donald Hartley, Catholic Defender, "Have I become your enemy for telling you the Truth?"

Oct. 7- Francis Slobodnik, Regional Director for America Needs Fatima, "Fatima Perspectives for 2017"

You won’t want to miss this line up of great speakers !! Registration 9 am, Closing Benediction 4 pm. Please call for lunch reservations.  No charge, donations welcome.

Dr. Gregory/Mary Thompson will also be featured speakers.

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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