Backyard Shrine

Chris and her family create a Backyard Shrine that was blessed by Fr. Joseph on July 6, 2014 that is entitled:  Faith, Family, Friends.

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Here is their dedication prayer:

“Just as Christian wayside shrines throughout the world give comfort and reassurance to weary travelers, we have chosen to carry that tradition in a small way into our home.  We’ve chosen to place an MTA wayside shrine near the entrance way to our home to reassure us, our family, friends and visitors that our home is also a place of faith, comfort and welcome.
Whether we are returning from a long journey or quietly meditating on our patio and enjoying the silence and beauty of the wonderful home that God has blessed us, we thank Him for reminding us of His continual presence and care through sacred images placed lovingly along our way.”

Auxiliary Shrine Presentation

Susana’s home shrine crown from her Home Shrine entitled “Mother Thrice Admirable Eucharistic Shrine, Mother Thrice Admirable Infinite Eucharistic Queen” was represented with the Illinois Auxiliary Shrine at her funeral Mass at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church October 7, 2013.  Click here for Fr. Bill’s sermon.


Home Shrine Dedication in September

Rose, from the MTA Illinois Cathedral group, made her home shrine dedication with her family on September 21, 2013.  The title of their home shrine is Mother of Peace and Unity.  Fr. Gerold Langsch officiated with the participation of the whole immediate family and MTA Illinois Schoenstatt members.

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Dear Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen, and Victress of Schoenstatt, make our Home Shrine “Mother of Peace and Unity” a place where our family can come to as individuals or as a group to honor you and make our special request. We promise to confide in you as our Holy Mother and look forward to the help and teachings you will provide us in our daily activities. We will live the life as you and the Lord our Redeemer have set for us within the Catholic Church. Please transform all who dwell here and all who walk through the doors of our home, for our home is now your home to do with as you will.

Living Home Shrine Litany


Lord, have mercy on us Christ, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us; Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us
God, the Father of heaven Have mercy on us
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world Have mercy on us
God, the Holy Spirit Have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, One God Have mercy on us
Holy Mary, Mother Thrice Admirable Pray for us

Mother and Queen of our Home Shrine:

A Nazareth Home – A Holy Family                                    Pray for us and form each
member of our family in the image of St. Joseph, the Blessed Mother, and the Christ
Child. (Fred and Chris)

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Hunger for Love Everlasting                                               Pray for us and keep us
focused in our desire to serve our Lord with your help and to achieve everlasting
happiness in heaven. Mary, we have crowned you with the title Queen of Our Heart and
Soul and ask you to join us, participate in our lives, and gently guide us in the right
direction. (Norman and /Christine)

Mother and Queen of Our Family                                      Pray for us and take our
family members by the hand & lead them down the path traced out for them by God, our
Father. Dearest Mother, make of us another holy family – a community of love & life.
(Marge, Keith, and Carol)

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Mother Thrice Admirable Eucharistic Shrine, Mother Thrice Admirable Infinite
Eucharistic Queen
                                                                  Pray for us. Through YOU,
we unite ourselves to JESUS and enter into Communion with HIM so HE may live in us
and us in HIM – and receive the Miracles of HIS Infinite Eucharistic Love and Grace to
become HIS Holy and Perfect Eucharistic Children – CHRIST-Like and MARY-Like
and reign with HIM and HER in Heaven forever and ever. Amen. (Susana)

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My Way of Life – Queen Mother, Splendor of Heaven      Pray for us and be my
Guardian in all my endeavors and undertakings. Give me the confidence to dare to
believe in the great friendship and unconditional Love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Our Mother and Queen of Faith, Hope, and Love        Pray for us and continue to
give us the grace of faith, hope, and love and have our family really recognize and to live
this grace and do your Son’s will forever and ever. Amen. (Ida, Mario, and Sonia)

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Our Mother & Queen, Our Perfect Prayer Partner      Pray for us and teach us as
children at your knee to pray with our hearts. Take us deep into the heart of Jesus your
Son. (Keith and Carol)

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Queen of Love and Peace                                                    Pray for us and may the Love
and Peace of JESUS and MARY reign in our heart, mind, soul – our whole being always
and radiate them to all HIS children to win all souls and reign with HIM eternally in
Heaven. (Erlinda and Family)

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Queen of Loving Peace                                                        Pray for us and keep our 10
hearts joined together in loving peace with your heart Mary. From your heart in the
Shrine, intercede the graces you know our hearts need to be able to fly heavenwards like
the butterfly set free from its earthly struggles. May all of our hearts always know
happiness and loving peace in, with, and for each other. Amen. (Paul and Margie)

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Queen of Peace                                                                     Pray for us and grant us
peace when we are troubled. In the midst of doubt, worry, stress, and sadness, please
envelop us with your everlasting calmness. (Elsa, Tony, Anna, Ed, and Jenny)

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The Cenacle                                                                            Pray for us and implore for us
the Holy Spirit to free us from the scourge of half-heartedness, guide us to the teaching of
Christ, and enkindle in us the spirit of the apostles and martyrs. Then our weak eyes of
faith will be strengthened so that we might see life as God sees it and always walk by
heaven’s light. (Susan)

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Mother of Peace and Unity                                                Pray for us that we may live our life
as you and our Redeemer have set for us within the Catholic Church.  Transform our homes and all who dwell within or visit doing with us as you will.  (Rose and Richard)


Mary Most Sweet, Comforter of the Afflicted and Refuge of Sinners    Pray for us that your most sweet fragrance may ever permeate our homes and emanate to the world, so that we may never fear approaching you and allow you to carry us to the tenderest of all loves found in the Sacred Heart of your Son. (Sarah)

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Queen conceived without original sin Pray for us
Queen assumed into heaven Pray for us
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Pray for us
Queen of Peace Pray for us

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world Spare us, O Lord
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world Graciously hear us, O Lord
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world Have mercy on us

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God That we may be made worthy
of the promises of Christ

LET US PRAY: Dearest Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt, with all our hearts we venerate you above all the Angels and Saints in Heaven as the beloved Child of the Father, Mother of the Son, and Spouse of the Holy Spirit. We consecrate to you this day our eyes, our ears, our mouths, our hearts, our entire selves without reserve, beseeching you to obtain for us from the most Holy Triune God, all the graces we need for our salvation.


August 2013 Home Shrine in Garden

Chris dedicated a Mariengarten entitled “A Nazareth Garden – Flowers of Faith” on June 8, 2013, the 22nd anniversary of Chris and Fred’s Home Shrine entitled “A Nazareth Home, A Holy Family”.  The geranium means beautiful lady for the Blessed Mother, the beautiful lady of the garden.  The ground ivy means “where God has walked” for Fred’s symbol.  The marigold is the rosary plan and is Chris’s symbol.  The bellflower means Bethlehem Star which is the symbol for all their children and grandchildren.

Their Mariengarten Prayer:
“Heavenly Father, we dedicate this Marian garden to the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit) and ask Your blessing upon the Mary statue and the perennial flowers planted here.  May our MTA, the beautiful lady of the garden, distribute gifts, graces, & blessings of faith in abundance to all who look upon it.  And, may the flowers of our faith grow so that we, like this new Marian garden, can become instruments in the hands of our MTA for the renewal of the world through Christ, in the Holy Spirit, to the glory of you, God our loving Father.  Amen.”

The Heavenly Father responded, Lev 26:11-12, “I will establish my dwelling place among you and shall not reject you.  I shall walk among you; I shall be your God & you shall be my people”.

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August 2013 Home Shrine

Susan’s Home Shrine was dedicated Aug 13, 2013 and officiated by Father Joseph Havrilka, pastor of Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville, IL.  The name of Susan’s Home Shrine is “The Cenacle”.  Her symbol is the sword of St. Michael to fight for his Values.  The mission statement for her Home Shrine was dictated by Father Kentenich on Aug 13, 1944 as part of Schoenstatt’s Little Office for Vespers:

“The sun makes ready for the night and invites us to enter the CENACLE.  There you implored the Spirit for the Church who freed her from the scourge of half-heartedness, guided her to the teaching of Christ and enkindled in her the spirit of the apostles and the martyrs.  That is how you want to work in our shrine:  strengthening our weak eyes of faith so that we might see life as God sees it and always walk by heaven’s light.  In this light of faith let me see how the Father’s love wished to accompany me today.  Let loyalty to our mission be my thanksgiving for the boundless gifts he has showered on me in love.  Glory be joyfully given to the Father through Christ with Mary, highly praised, in the Holy Spirit full of splendor from the universe now and in all eternity.  Amen.”

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August 2013 Education Meeting

August 2013 meeting continued discussion from sermons and presentations of the Home Shrine Congress, June 2013, at the Schoenstatt International Center:

1. Here is a summary of two Home Shrine sermons given by Fr. Gerold Langsch and Fr. Mark Niehaus from their Masses:

Sermons on Living the Home Shrine (Text)

For the video of the sermons, select below:

2. Here is a detailed summary of Sr. Marie Day’s presentation:

“My Home Shrine – A Gift to the Church”

Click here to view the video of Sr. Marie Day’s presentation from the Home Shrine Congress, June 2013.


July 2013 Education Meeting

Here is a document and an image used at our July 2013 meeting that came from the Home Shrine Conference, June 2013, at the Schoenstatt International Center:

1. Click on the link below to open the text:

Seeking the Truth in the Covenant of Love by Carlsons July 2013

Click here to view the video of the Carlson’s presentation from the Home Shrine Congress of June 2013.

2. Here is the image from the Home Shrine Conference which you can right click and download:

Gift for the Church