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

Upper Gardens admission sold until 5 p.m.

Masks must be properly worn at all times while visiting The Grotto. Please maintain six feet of space for social distancing and follow all instructional signs.

Summer Hours begin this Sunday

Beginning this Sunday, May 9, The Grotto will be open daily from 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Admission to the Upper Gardens will be sold until 7:30 p.m.
Daily Recitation of the Rosary

Pope Francis invites Catholics and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

We are still under strict capacity guidelines due to the pandemic, which is 80 indoors, and 150 outdoors, so please follow direction from the ushers.

When attending Mass, social distancing is required, and masks must be properly worn the entire length of Mass. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Daily Mass (Monday - Saturday): 12 noon

Sunday Masses: 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 noon
The 10 a.m. and 12 noon Masses will be held outdoors, weather permitting.

Spanish Mass: Second and Fourth Sunday of the Month at 2 p.m.

Tagalog Mass: Third Saturday of the Month at 10 a.m.

St. Peregrine Healing Mass: First Saturday of the Month at 12 noon
At this Mass, those who wish may receive a blessing with the relic of St. Peregrine. St. Peregrine is the patron saint of those with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Mother's Day at The Grotto

This Sunday, May 9, is Mother's Day, and there is no better place to celebrate than our beautiful shrine, dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus. And, at this time of year, the flowers are blooming everywhere.

Mother's Day Operating Hours: 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Here are a few ideas:

Take a family photo in front of one of the many magnificent rhododendrons.

Say a prayer together in front of The Grotto.

Walk the Via Matris (Way of the Mother) in the Upper Gardens.

Visit the newly-restored Chapel of Mary.

Spend a moment in the beautiful Peace Garden. This is another great spot for photographs.

Attend one of three Masses (The 10 a.m. and noon Mass will take place outdoors, weather permitting.)
Especially fun for kids:

Bring the kids to watch the planes take off from PDX. The view is spectacular from the Meditation Chapel.

Walk the Labyrinth.

Ride the 110-foot elevator to the Upper Gardens.

Look a the collection of Mary statues from around the world in the Visitor Center.

Do some Mother's Day shopping in The Grotto Gift Shop.

In honor of a special mother:

Light a candle in the outdoor cradles next to the Grotto.
In love there is joy, and joy will be complete

Jesus not only loves, but He is “the love” itself. In Him, the Father shows His care for all human beings without exception. Even sinners cannot escape the touch of His love. Forgiveness is offered to all who are willing to repent.

The world offers happiness according to its own version, which is temporary but turns out to be deadly. Worldly pleasures tend to center on the personal ego. This kind of happiness is not a solution to true (complete) joy in our life. God wants to give the best for us. Joy that does not depend on our situation, but joy because Jesus Himself gives us all the abilities, solutions and the best results from every problem we experience. The condition is not difficult, he only wants us to stay in his love and obey all His commands.

In love there is joy, and joy will be complete if we abide in the love of Jesus and the Father. For a world twisted by individualism, the Christian proclamation of charity faces a formidable challenge, but it is also very relevant. If we want to be honest, every human craves love from God and others.


Lord Jesus, enable us to live in Your love and guide us so that we always carry out Your will, so that our joy will be full.


Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM
Remembering a year ago:
Bringing The Grotto to You

One year ago, in response to the growing pandemic, we began a series of daily emails called "A Place of Sanctuary: Bringing The Grotto to You." We closed completely a short time later, and that closure lasted for months.

The "Bringing The Grotto to You" series highlighted a feature at (or about) The Grotto each day. The series lasted for 88 days, the length of our closure.

We hope you enjoy this feature, "Looking Back", where we will share a piece of those emails every day for 88 days. Click the link below to view today's feature, which was originally shared this time last year.

Click on the video and take a moment to relax and experience the serenity of the sanctuary.

Today, sit among a grove of tall evergreens in this peaceful getaway to the Upper Gardens.

Join Fr. Vidal Martinez, OSM, Rector of The Grotto, for a daily stroll through the garden.

Each day, enjoy photos and videos taken by Father Vidal, often during hours when the grounds are closed.

Today, experience the view of the Rose Garden from a window at the Monastery.

Plaza Office Hours

Monday - Saturday (Not available Thursday)
10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

A Friar will be in the office attached to the Visitor Center during the above hours.

They gladly await your request for confession, spiritual guidance and blessing of articles. You may also set up an appointment for a blessing with the relic of St. Peregrine. Masks and social distancing are required.

You are also welcome to contact a Friar directly at the emails listed below.

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

Let The Grotto Gift Shop carries a great collection of items for Mother's Day, including jewelry, home decor, accessories, books, rosaries and greeting cards.

Light a Candle
If you are unable to visit in person, you may purchase a candle to be lighted at The Grotto. Your candle will burn for seven days in the outdoor cradles.

Your support will allow our sanctuary to continue its mission of being a place of peace, prayer and natural beauty for all.
Mass Enrollment Cards

Perpetual Enrollment in The Grotto’s Guild of Masses and Prayer honors yourself, your family or your loved ones, and provides support for The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother.