Placed on the National Register of Historic Sites in September of 1982, the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows has been attracting visitors of all denominations for many years. Its history dates to 1847 when the first German settlers arrived on the north side of the Missouri River. They named their new town Rhineland because it reminded them of the homeland they left behind.
St. Martin's Parish was chartered in 1848. A year later, 40 acres were acquired on which St. Martin's Church and museum, the Shrine Chapel, the Log Chapel, the Holy Sepulcher, Stations of the Cross, Lourdes Grotto, Holy Family Shrine, and Agony in the Garden stand today.
The story of the shrine is fascinating. Visitors learn about "Weisse Dame" or "White Lady", an image that has been at the Shrine since 1852, find out how Starkenburg got its name, and read about the history of the shrine, which is well documented throughout the grounds.
In 1979, the parishes of St. Martin's at Starkenburg and St. Joseph's at Rhineland were combined to form the Church of the Risen Savior, which is visible from Hwy. 94 at Rhineland.
The congregation is made up of about 150 families. Father William Debo is pastor of the parish and the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows. He also serves St. George Catholic Church in Hermann and resides in the rectory there.
Many events are held at both the Shrine and the Church of the Risen Savior. Two pilgrimages are held at the Shrine annually, on the third Sunday in May and the second Sunday in September beginning at 10 a.m.
Second Tuesday masses are celebrated at the Shrine April through November at noon. Mass is celebrated at the Rhineland church on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
The Shrine grounds open at 8 a.m. daily and close at dusk. Tours of the shrine are self-guided, but guided tours can be arranged by calling Shirley Koenig at 573-236-4377 (days) or 573-252-4551 (evenings).
Restrooms are available at the site. An extensive history of the Shrine with photographs and a listing of special events will soon be found on their website (under construction December 2011).
Christmas Holidays 2011 - Services Schedule
Church of the Risen Savior
605 Bluff Street, Rhineland, MO 65069-3201
December 24: 5:00 pm
December 25: 8:30 am