A Place of Sanctuary
Bringing The Grotto to You
Daily Spiritual Reflection

“Mary was able to turn a stable into a home for Jesus, with poor swaddling clothes and an abundance of love. She is the handmaid of the Father who sings his praises. She is the friend who is ever concerned that wine not be lacking in our lives. She is the woman whose heart was pierced by a sword and who understands all our pain. As mother of all, she is a sign of hope for peoples suffering the birth pangs of justice. She is the missionary who draws near to us and accompanies us throughout life, opening our hearts to faith by her maternal love. As a true mother, she walks at our side, she shares our struggles and she constantly surrounds us with God’s love.” - Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 286.

Holy Mary,
you are my example of faithfully living in Christ.
At the birth of Jesus your praised God for the gift of your son.
When your friend’s wedding wine ran short you trusted God’s providence.
At the death of Jesus, you lived through your pain and grief with hope in God’s Love.
Mary, pray for me and my family.
Pray that in all that we are experiencing in this uneasy moment we will deepen our trust in God’s blessing upon us.
Be our companion through this time sharing our struggles, surrounding us with the Father’s love and reminding us to praise God for His blessings.

Fr. Don Siple, OSM, Rector of The Grotto
Light a Candle at The Grotto

Purchase a candle to be lighted at The Grotto. Your candle will burn for seven days in the outdoor cradles by The Grotto.

Your support will help The Grotto continue its ministry through this difficult time.

Bringing The Grotto to You

We will continue to share a piece of The Grotto with you each day until Masses resume and our gardens open. We hope this feature brings you joy.

Today we have some exciting news to share. In perhaps the first step toward reopening, The Grotto Gift Shop will open tomorrow. There will be strict guidelines for shopping, and the rest of The Grotto will remain closed. However, we are pleased to be making this first step.

Please read on to learn more about our wonderful shop, which has been serving the Catholic community for more than 70 years.
Day 64: The Grotto Gift Shop
The Gift Shop Opens Tomorrow

We are very excited to announce that The Grotto Gift Shop will reopen tomorrow, May 19. Temporary hours will be 9 a.m - 5:30 p.m. Only the shop will be open; the gardens and chapel are not open at this time.

Strict social distancing policies will be in place, and we ask that our customers please respect the guidelines.
Gift Shop Reopening Guidelines

Our employees will all be wearing masks and practicing social distancing. We have installed clear partitions at the registers. We are cleaning and sanitizing beyond what is required in the governors guidelines for reopening retail shops.

We have placed distance markers to assist shoppers and staff. We require that all customers maintain a minimum of six feet of distance between other shoppers. Shoppers must sanitize hands before entering and we request shoppers wear masks.

During this early phase of reopening, we will be obtaining a phone number or email from all who enter for contact tracing. The information will not be used for any other purpose and will be destroyed once the time frame for contact tracing has passed. We do this solely for the well-being of our customers and staff.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
Please do not come to The Grotto Gift Shop if you are feeling ill.
The Grotto Gift Shop

Set among towering trees and native shrubs, the Gift Shop greets all visitors entering from the main parking lot. This building was dedicated February 5, 1995, by Portland Archbishop William J. Lavada.
Serving the Community for more than 70 Years

When the Chapel of Mary was built in the 1950s, a gift shop was built where the current Visitor Center stands. Before that, a smaller gift shop served those who visited The Grotto.

While the buildings may have changed and the location of the shop moved, The Grotto Gift Shop has been serving the local community for more than 70 years.

The photo below is from a 1957 advertisement in The Star newspaper. Interestingly, all these years later, the phone number listed is still the main phone number for The Grotto.
Supporting The Grotto

The proceeds of The Grotto Gift Shop help The Grotto continue its ministry of being a sanctuary of peace, prayer and natural beauty.

The Grotto is a self-supporting nonprofit, and would not exist without the support of gift shop customer and donors.

We are going to need you more than ever in the upcoming months.
A Resource for the Community

As people of faith, we seek ways to nourish our faith, share our faith and celebrate our faith. We rejoice in life's milestones.

The Grotto strives to be a resource for the community on all these fronts - Mass, retreats, book talks and scripture classes. The items in our gift shop are chosen to help nourish, share and celebrate your faith.

We have devotional, prayer and study books, inspirational items for home and garden, and gifts to celebrate Sacraments.

To get you ready to shop, today we will feature some of the wonderful treasures you can find at The Grotto Gift Shop.

The Grotto Gift Shop boasts one of the largest selections of Christian books in the region. There is something for everyone.
Supporting Local Authors and Artists

The Grotto Gift Shop regularly hosts local authors and artists for book signings and meet-and-greets. We are honored to work with these talented individuals and look forward to continuing our tradition of supporting local authors and artists.

Candles to light at The Grotto are available in The Grotto Gift Shop and in the Visitor Center. Many of the shrines located at The Grotto are featured on the candles.
A Shrine to Mary

The Grotto is the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother. The Grotto Gift Shop has many items featuring Our Lady of Sorrows, and other Marian items.

The Grotto Gift Shop has all types of jewelry in all price ranges. Come explore the shop and see some of the wonderful items.
Greeting Cards

Looking for a spiritual or inspirational gift card, or perhaps one for a special religious celebration? The Grotto Gift Shop has a card for you.
Family Fun during the "Stay at Home" Times

Need something new to mix it up during the "stay at home" orders? We've got you covered with an assortment of family fun games and activities.
Gifts for Home and Garden

Whether it is for your own home or a gift for someone, the Gift Shop has a great selection of inspirational items. It is so much fun to explore all the treasures in the shop.

The Grotto Gift Shop has a wide variety of beautiful rosaries in all price ranges. Here are just a few.
Seasonal Items

The Gift Shop has a wide assortment of gift items for special moments in life, as well as celebrated holidays. Here are a few samples.
First Holy Communion and Confirmation
R.C.I.A. and Graduation
Father's Day
Saints Coins and Medals

Over 200 different saints coins and medals are offered in the Gift Shop.
Yummy Treats

Treat yourself or your friends to a specialty treat from The Grotto Gift Shop.
Prayer Cards

There are more than 100 prayer cards offered in The Grotto Gift Shop.
Wall Crucifixes

There are dozens of crucifixes to choose from, some very plain and others ornate. The come in all sizes and price ranges.
Souvenirs from The Grotto

Whether it is for you or for someone you know who loves The Grotto, we have a wide variety of Grotto souvenirs.
Purchase a Gift Certificate

Not sure what to get someone? Or perhaps you would just like to support The Grotto during our closure?

A Gift Certificate to The Grotto Gift Shop is a great gift. It can be used to purchase admission to the Upper Gardens, candles or store merchandise.

 Shop Online

Check out our online shop if you are unable to visit. And if you don't see something you are interesting in our online shop, feel free to contact our Director of Retail Operations by clicking here and we can make arrangements.
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.

SnowCap Drive-Up Food Drive

Thursday, May 21
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Grotto's Main Parking Lot

Help us gather much-needed items to stock SnowCap's pantry. During this pandemic, food insecurity is at an all-time high.

We will be collecting non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items. (No clothing items at this time, please.)

Items of Greatest Need:

Canned Vegetables!!!
Bar Soap

SnowCap Community Charities provides food, clothing, advocacy and other services to those in need. SnowCap has served the East Portland area since the 1960s. To learn more about SnowCap,  click here .

How to drop off your donation: Come to The Grotto's main parking lot, located at NE 85th & Sandy Blvd., between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 21. Collection bins will be located in the parking lot. If you are arriving by car, you may pull up to the bins where you can drop your items.

Thank You

We thank you for helping us make a difference at this very difficult time. If you have any questions about this drive, please contact our Director of Community Engagement, Vinci Paterson, at  vpaterson@thegrotto.org .

For SnowCap questions, please email  info@snowcap.org .
The Series

We hope you are enjoying our daily feature A Place of Sanctuary: Bringing The Grotto to You.

Week 1
St. Francis of Assisi
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day
St. Anne's Chapel
St. Joseph's Grove
The Marilyn Moyer Meditation Chapel
Spring in the Garden
Our Lady's Grotto

Week 2
St. Jude Thaddeus
Statue of Mary, Our Mother
The Pollinator Garden
St. Philip Benizi's Retreat
Pathways of The Grotto
St. Peregrine Shrine
The Servites

Week 3
Here Light Shines
The Peace Garden
Looking Up
Feast of Our Lady at the Foot of the Cross
The Rose Garden
Palm Sunday, The Christus Garden

Week 4
Crosses and Crucifixes
Sacred Heart Statue
Angels of The Grotto
Holy Thursday of The Lord's Supper
Good Friday, Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday, Via Matris
Easter Sunday

Week 5
The Forest
Blessing of the Animals
Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine
Colors of The Grotto
Mysteries of the Rosary
Lighting a Candle
Chapel of Mary

Week 6
Come to the Water
Our Lady of Lavang Shrine
Celebrating God's Creation
Our Lady of Lourdes
The Labyrinth
Looking Out a Window
How The Grotto Began

Week 7
The Cliff and Elevator
Lithuanian Wayside Shrine
The Grotto by the Numbers
Music at The Grotto
May Flowers
Take a Closer Look
Outdoor Mass

Week 8
The Feast of St. Peregrine
Celebrating Your Favorites
A Year at The Grotto
The Seven Holy Founders
Views and Perspectives
The Rhododendrons
Mother's Day at The Grotto

Week 9
Twilight at The Grotto
The Peace Pole
Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Shrine
A Seat Waiting for You
The Murals
Mosaics of The Grotto
The Chapel Saints

Today: The Grotto Gift Shop
The Grotto
The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

NE 85th & Sandy Blvd.
Portland, Oregon