Mothers honored at the Mothers’ Shrine

Pilgrims to The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church enjoyed several events on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2024.

A complimentary brunch was offered following the 8:30 am Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Guests dined on deliciously prepared and generously donated items during the event.

The 14-foot, stainless steel sculpture of the Blessed Mother which resides at the Mothers’ Shrine was crowned with roses.

That afternoon, Mass was celebrated by Father John Schmitz, rector of the Mothers’ Shrine at the outdoor altar. The liturgy included a blessing for all mothers present. The St. Patrick Parish Choir led the music.

Following Mass, 115 new names on the Mothers’ Wall of Life were unveiled. The Mothers’ Wall of Life is a unique aspect of the Mothers’ Shrine. The names of more than 5,000 women submitted from 44 states and four continents are engraved on a black granite wall on the grounds of the Mothers’ Shrine. Names are added twice a year; submissions are accepted year-round. The next engraving of names will be this fall. 

Mother’s Day is a special event for the Mothers’ Shrine, which honors the Blessed Mother, Mary, and all who love with a mother’s love, whether as a mom within a family or as a spiritual mother. The mission of the Mothers’ Shrine is to promote a true appreciation of motherhood, the preciousness of life, the integrity of the family, and an understanding of the Church community that gives Mary the title of Mother. The Mothers’ Shrine provides faith-filled and joyful outdoor Eucharistic celebrations, pilgrimages and retreats, a serene and beautiful space for prayer and reflection, and celebrations throughout the year in honor of Mary and motherhood.