MARIA STEIN, Ohio (March 11, 2020) – On March 29th, the first  “Celebrating Farm Families Mass & Meal” will be held at the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics at 5pm. The ceremony, officiated by Bishop Joseph Binzer, is sponsored by the Catholic Social Action Office through the Catholic Rural Life Ministry of the northern Archdiocese.

Becky Kunkler, Northern Coordinator for the Catholic Social Action Office, has planned the event with Matthew Hess, Director of Ministry & Hospitality at the Maria Stein Shrine.

“We were excited to bring this event to life. It’s so important to honor our farm families and let them know much we appreciate all their hard work. Bishop Binzer’s participation illustrates just how important their sacrifice and labor is to our community and parishes.”

The evening will start with a 5pm in the Shrine’s Adoration Chapel with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Binzer. The Mass is free and open to the public. Immediately after Mass, there will be a dinner in the Shrine’s Upper Room. The cost is $10 per person and, due to limited seating, is RSVP only. Tickets are available on the Shrine’s website. For ordering assistance, call 419-925-4532 before March 23, 2020.

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 Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Rd. in Maria Stein. For more event information, visit