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

Tuesday, Aug 30 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Wednesday, Aug 31 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Wednesday, Aug 31 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday, Sep 1 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Click on Home/Calendar to see more future events

The last engraving of the year on the Mother's Wall of Life will be October 25.

This will be our Christmas engraving, so you will have the beautiful gold certificates showing the name and the location on the Wall, just in time to give as Christmas gifts.

Responsorial Psalm: 8/28

In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

Awareness of mercy is not new to God's people.  Examples are found throughout the Biblical story of salvation.  God intervenes for a number of women who are childless, such as Abraham's wife, Sarah, and Samuel's mother, Hannah.  God forgives his people's rebellion as they wander the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land.  The prophets and psalms consistently offer the message of divine mercy.  The God of the Scriptures is a God of mercy.  "God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy."
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

54 Day Rosary Novena

for our state and our nation

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, as we enter the centennial year of the apparitions of Our lady of Fatima, we are called upon to help turn our country back toward God!

We must accomplish this through prayer!  Prayer that can change hearts, change families, change our communities and our country.

Pray the 54 Day Rosary Novena for our freedom and faith from August 15 to October 7 to call upon God to heal our land.

To find out Mass times any place in the USA.
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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