Holidays at Maria Stein Shrine

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Creating family traditions is a cherished activity around the holidays.  This year, along with the light shows and Christmas parades, check out the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, where the spirit of love and peace abounds all year long. You can create those family memories that will enhance your celebrations for years.

From November 24th through January 10th, 2024, the Shrine will again host a Nativity Exhibit from the donated collection of Tim and Katheleen Nealeigh. You can view more than 60 nativity sets and see how the simple scene of Christ in the manger with Mary and Joseph has been interpreted in many cultures over the years.  The Relic Shrine’s first-floor Gathering Space will be filled with sets from differing time periods, cultures, and artistic mediums. It is a wonderful reminder of the true meaning of Christmas and a way to foster discussion about how many different cultures have observed this holiday from across the globe. Since the first nativity scene was developed by Saint Francis of Assisi, different people have been putting their spin on the birth of Christ. This display of nativities showcases the various ways Jesus’ birth has been interpreted.  Bring the whole family for this wonderful reminder of the reason for the season with this free exhibit. It is open to the public during the normal Shrine Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:30am to 6pm, Friday and Saturday, 9:30am to 4pm, and noon to 4pm on Sundays.  They are closed on December 24th and 25th, 2023 and December 31st, 2023, and January 1st, 2024.

For a special event the kids will long remember, make your reservations for the Maria Stein Shrine’s annual St. Nicholas Celebration.  On December 3rd, from 1 pm to 3 pm, the afternoon includes a visit from St. Nicholas, activities, prayers, cookies, cocoa, and plenty of holiday fun. The event is $10 per child, and reservations can be made online at

When the hustle and bustle of the holiday season feels a bit overwhelming, a visit to the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics may be just the right tonic for your soul.  This quiet place of peace and prayer provides a great opportunity to sit and reflect on one’s blessings. It is a great chance to slow down, breathe, take stock, and leave with a clearer mind and a grateful heart.  A bonus when you visit is a stop at the Shrine’s Pilgrim Gift Shop. It is a wonderful place to shop for Christmas gifts. From children’s books to jewelry to beautiful nativity sets and many other inspirational gifts, you will find many special items for your loved ones at the Pilgrim Gift Shop.

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Relic Chapel is home to one of the largest collections of relics of the saints in the United States.

The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Road in Maria Stein. To learn more about the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, visit or call 419-925-4532.

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