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

“About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God…” (Acts 16:25).

Paul and Silas were thrown into prison for their ministry in the name of Jesus. The prison most likely was a dark, damp, windowless series of rooms. In such a place most people would pass the night feeling fearful. Maybe they prayed to be released. But Paul and Silas spend the night praying and singing hymns. They made the choice to pray and sing hymns instead of passing the night in fear. Fully conscious of the seemingly dismal prospect of their current situation, they chose to trust God. They chose to live in faith. Their faith in God was their joy.

Today, as we face another day of staying safe in this pandemic, we choose to live in faith and carry our worries and concerns to the Lord. Choosing to live in faith is to make the best our situation trusting that the Lord is caring for us all the time. We can praise God and sing hymns in this moment because “if God is for us who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31-39)

Amen.
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.

Beginning today, May 19, The Grotto Gift Shop is once again open . 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.

To learn more about guidelines for shopping in this early phase of reopening, please click here .

In the meantime, we hope to you continue to enjoy our daily emails.
Day 65: The Servite Mission
The Order of Friar Servants of Mary (Servites)

The Order of Servants of Mary is a religious family that embraces a membership of friars (priests and brothers), contemplative nuns, a congregation of active sisters and lay groups. The Servites lead a community life in the tradition of the mendicant orders, such as the Dominicans and Franciscans.

The Servite Order was founded in Italy in 1233. To learn more about the Servites, click here to view an earlier edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."

The Grotto, the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, is a ministry of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary.
The Servite Mission

As Servite friars, we gather in fraternal communion as a small community of priests and brothers to be with those suffering and sorrowful.

With Mary as our model and St. Peregrine as our companion, we commit ourselves in a particular way to comfort those who suffer and are alone, especially those burdened with cancer and other serious illness. We strive to heal the broken and reconcile those in our world divided by age, nationality, race, religion, wealth, and education.
Inspired by the Mission

As a ministry of the Servite Order, The Grotto shares the commitment to comfort those who suffer, be there for those burdened with illness, and strive to heal the broken.

While our most prominent service to the community is our St. Peregrine ministry, which includes the monthly St. Peregrine Mass, The Grotto is proud to partner with social service agencies, other Catholic organizations, and dozens of area nonprofits to help those in need.

To learn more about St. Peregrine and our St. Peregrine Mass, click here to view an earlier edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."
Please Help us Help Others

The Grotto has two important community service projects coming up and we need your help.

The first one is this Thursday, a food drive for SnowCap Charities. The other upcoming project is our next blood drive with the Red Cross.

Together, we can all contribute to the Servite Mission.
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
Toothpaste
Shampoo

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 .
Red Cross Blood Drive
Wednesday, July 8
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Grotto Conference Center

On Wednesday, July 8, we will roll up our sleeves and help save lives. Please join us for our quarterly blood drive. Since beginning these drives in 2019, we have collected 107 units of blood.

Each pint of blood we collect can save up to three lives and will touch the lives of so many more. What a great way to pay it forward and make an impact on people in our community.

To register to donate blood, or to learn more, click here .
One Mission, One Community
Thank You

Thank you for joining us in our mission to support the community. Together, with Mary as our role model, we can help those who need us at this critical time.
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.

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.
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
Dambana
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

Week 10
The Grotto Gift Shop
Today: The Servite Mission
The Grotto
The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

NE 85th & Sandy Blvd.
Portland, Oregon

503-254-7371