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

Monday, Jul 25 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Monday, Jul 25 at 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday, Jul 26 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Tuesday, Jul 26 at 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Click on Home/Calendar to see more future events

Camp Siena for young women

July 24-28


“Captivating Beauty” will be the theme for this year’s Camp Siena, to be held July 24-28 in at St. Patrick parish in Laurie.

This camp experience for high-school-age young women will include many kinds of daily adventures, such as zip-lining, ropes courses, hiking and swimming at Camp Windermere and the Lake of the Ozarks; service at Wonderland Camp for people with physical and mental disabilities; and numerous shared experiences of fellowship and authentic spirituality.

Inspired by God and planned by women for young women, the camp will include inspiring talks, daily Mass and uplifting spiritual moments, along with service, singing, sacraments and self-growth.

Leah Darrow (www.leah, a former contestant on the popular “America’s Next Top Model” reality TV show, will give a presentation about about “Reclaiming Beauty, Truth and Love.”

Camp Siena is named for St. Catherine of Siena, an outspoken reformer of the Church who was equally comfortable challenging laypeople and Popes. She challenged people to “be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

The camp’s organizers are committed to helping young Catholic women deepen their relationship with God and others by exercising, understanding and living their uniquely feminine spirituality.

They invite participants to “strengthen your sense of the unique and essential roles you have in the Church and in the world” and to “become the woman God is calling you to be.”

All high-school-aged young women are encouraged to attend.

The cost is $150 per person, payable to the Diocese of Jefferson City. Need-based financial aid is available.

Contact José Lopez at (573) 635-9127, ext. 221, or e-mail for information.

---Catholic Missourian

Responsorial Psalm: 7/24

Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

Former “America’s Top Model” contestant Leah Darrow to speak on reclaiming beauty, truth and love

July 26


A woman who became famous for her looks will be in Laurie on July 26 to talk to young woman and men about something much less fleeting and much more important.

Leah Darrow (www.leah, a former contestant on the popular “America’s Next Top Model” reality TV show, will talk about “Reclaiming Beauty, Truth and Love” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, in St. Patrick Church, 176 Marian Drive off of Highway 5.

“I’m a Catholic speaker, author, former model on ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ a sister, daughter, wife and mother,” she said. “But I’m most especially a redeemed daughter of God. And I’m here for you, to encourage you that Truth, Beauty, and Love are real.”

Mrs. Darrow will share her inspiring story of finding emptiness in fame, beauty and money, and then encountering Jesus in the most unlikely of places.

She will share ways to find real happiness and explore authentic relationships by reclaiming their worth.

Her mission is to challenge her audiences to have courage to embrace real love and conversion.

“I also offer some killer shoe and fashion advice!” she said.

Her presentation is appropriate for women and men from junior high through adulthood.

There is no charge for this event, but free-will offerings will be gladly accepted.

Call (573) 635-9127, ext. 233, for information, or e-mail

---Catholic Missourian

Weekly Pilgrimages
July 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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

3:00 Mass
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their everyday spiritual and emotional needs.

The Seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy:
Pray for the living and the dead

Prayer is one of the most
powerful ways we can support others. Joining together in prayer for the living and the dead entrusts us all into God's care.
  • Request a mass intention for a friend or family member who is going through at tough time.
  • Request a mass intention for someone who has passed away.
  • Keep your own book of prayer intentions, writing down the names of those you are keeping in your prayers.
  • Ask a friend or family member if there is anything you can pray for them about.
  • Through prayer, entrust your cares and concerns for those around you to God.

There are many other things you can do if you will open your mind and your heart and ask God to direct you.

Take your search for faith online:

1.Most churches have bulletins, read several.
2. Go to the Vatican site –
3. Sign up for a Catholic webinar.
4. Search for free online Catholic classes.
5. Sign up for email newsletters from religious orders or Catholic ministries.
6. Catholic podcasts. Catholic blogs.
7. Online Retreat at your own time and own pace.
8. Try an audiobook online or from the library.
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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