National Shrine of MaryMother of the Church

Mother of the Church

Welcome to the National Shrine of Mary,

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.

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
Mass Schedule:

SAT 5:00pm

SUN 7:30am
Monday thru Friday 9:00am
Rosary-prayed daily at 8:30am
Grounds open at all times.

Up Coming Events

Wednesday, Mar 29 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Thursday, Mar 30 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Friday, Mar 31 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Saturday, Apr 1 at 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Life is winning through the steady
advance of science that illuminates when life begins, more and more, every day.  Life is winning through the generosity of millions of adoptive families to open their hearts and homes to children in
need. Life is winning through the compassion of caregivers and volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers and faith-based organizations who minister to women in towns across this country.

And life is winning through the quiet counsels between mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters, between friends across kitchen tables, and over coffee at college campuses. The truth is being told. Compassion is overcoming convenience. And hope is defeating despair.

In a word, life is winning in America because of all of you.
Vice President Mike Pence
2017 March for Life

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.


Have a loved ones name engraved on the Mothers’ Wall $400.…...the gift that is always loved and appreciated.

The Spring engraving will be April 25th, so start planning now for Mother’s Day.
Granite panels can be purchased for $6,000.00.

This donation entitles you to the top line.

The new granite panels will be installed from the altar to the upper fountains.

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Video credit: Anita Harmon

The parish will again dramatize the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 4:00, presenting "We Were There" for the last time.

We still need volunteers to present the parts. Costumes and scripts are provided. You need not be an official actor nor memorize your part.

Please call Amy Luebbering if
you can help:
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You can now follow us on twitter, so please post something. Click on link below.

Tweets from the Pope

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