39th Annual Blessing of the Animals


Sunday, Oct. 9

3:30 p.m.

The Grotto Plaza


All are welcome to join us for the 39th Annual Blessing of the Animals. Bring your pets, properly restrained, to The Grotto Plaza on Oct. 9 for this special blessing.


People and pets of all faiths are welcome.

Today's Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Upper Gardens admission sold until 5:30 p.m.

Daily Mass

12 noon

Chapel of Mary

Complete Mass Schedule

Daily Recitation of the Rosary

Daily recitation of the Rosary at The Grotto will take place everyday, one half hour before each Mass.

Priest Office Hours

10-11:45 a.m. and

3-5 p.

Office is located inside the Visitor Center.

O Loving God,

You have created a world of wondrous diversity. Today I give you thanks for the animals that are a part of our daily lives. Our pets draw us out of our tendency to think only of ourselves; they bring us joy, comfort, laughter, and unconditional love; they are quick to forgive; they will protect us even at the risk of endangering themselves; in all this they remind us of you. Thank you for these amazing creatures; watch over them as you watch over us. Help us to follow the example they–and you–have shown us how to live and how to love one another.


Enjoy the beautiful statue of St. Francis of Assisi in the Upper Gardens.

Gift Shop Hours: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The Grotto Gift Shop carries a vast array of jewelry, home accessories, books, Rosaries, statuary, art, greeting cards and more. We invite you to come in and explore.

Vintage Corner at The Grotto Gift Shop

Come check out the Vintage Corner at The Grotto Gift Shop, where you can find previously-owned treasures. Check back often to see what is "old".

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