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

Today we celebrate the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity: Three persons, one God. God is love.

The three persons of the Trinity are constantly giving and receiving love among themselves. Throughout history and today, the Trinity shares this love with us. At baptism we were initiated into the love of the Trinity.

So how can we practically understand the mystery of Trinity? By loving others as we are loved.

First, we need to accept that we are loved by God; strengths, wrinkles, weaknesses and all. The Trinity loves us, and we grasp the depth of being loved by God when we repent and work to make ourselves better than we are.

Second, we grasp the love of the Trinity when we love and care for others. St. Paul gives us practical advice in how to love others. He instructs us to “mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Cor 13:11).

Knowing the Trinity is easy when we love self and others with the depth and joy with which God loves us. In love there is peace. 

Fr. Don Siple, OSM, Rector of The Grotto
A Homiletic Reflection on the Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity

Fr. Richard Boyle, OSM, shares this homiletic reflection for Sunday, June 7, 2020 , from the Monastery of Our Lady of Sorrows at The Grotto.

Reopening Plans

We expect to reopen our gates and our gardens this Friday, June 12.

Later in the week, we will inform you of visiting guidelines and our sanitation practices. Safety of our visitors and staff is our number one priority.
Sunday Mass

Under the guidelines set by the Archdiocese of Portland, The Grotto will celebrate Mass on Sundays at 10 a.m. and noon in the Chapel of Mary. Under these strict guidelines there is an attendance limit, and those attending must be registered in advance for contact tracing and crowd control. We can only sign up 21 people per Mass, so we ask that you please sign up for only one Mass per four week period.
The Grotto Gift Shop

The gift shop is now open from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily, following the governor's strict operating guidelines. Click the button below for shopping instructions.
Pray the Servite Rosary of Our Lady of Sorrows in the Present Pandemic - Part 7

Join Fr. Richard Boyle, OSM, in praying this special Rosary.

Recorded at the Via Matris (Way of the Mother) in The Grotto Upper Gardens.

Bringing The Grotto to You

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Day 84: Volunteering at The Grotto
Volunteers at The Grotto

As a place of sanctuary and peace, we want everyone to feel welcome. Volunteers help make that happen. They enrich and enliven the visitor experience at the Grotto. Volunteers extend the Grotto’s mission of hospitality, and the Servite ministry of compassion and care, by sharing their time.

We are so grateful for our volunteers.
We Need Volunteers More Than Ever

As we enter phase one of reopening this Friday, we have special restrictions we must follow to keep our staff and guests safe.

In particular, we will need extra greeters to help guide people (from a distance) and people to help keep areas clean.

Please consider helping us get our gates open.
A Variety of Volunteer Shifts Available

Shifts vary, but many shifts are 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. We can work with your schedule, however.

Many people choose to volunteer weekly. Others volunteer every other week, or monthly. Some shifts are outdoors, others are indoors.

The Grotto needs volunteers every day of the year. The gardens and shops are open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
A Variety of Volunteer Positions Available

Along with the new responsibilities, there are volunteer needs in the following areas:

Leading tours (training provided)
Greeting and directing visitors
Visitor Center attendants
Administrative help
Liturgical Ministers

The Grotto also has opportunities to assist at the Masses. For more information about liturgical needs, please contact Vinci Paterson, Director of Community Engagement and Liturgical Coordinator, at vpaterson@thegrotto.org, or by calling 503-261-2433.
We Need You

The past three months of closure have been financially devastating to The Grotto. We are going to need all the help we can get.

If you can't volunteer, we hope you can visit. And if you can't visit, please tell your friends about us.

We thank all our wonderful volunteers for being there for us. We need you now more than ever.
A Volunteer Prayer

Gracious God,

You call us to use our time, gifts, skills and experience for the betterment of our community and our world.

Today I offer myself to you and your service.

Help me to discern where and how to serve.

I ask that you grow my generosity, my faithfulness, and open my mind to new opportunities.

May others interactions with me draw them closer to you.

I humbly ask this through Jesus Our Lord.

Who to Contact?

If you would like to learn more about volunteering at The Grotto, please contact Vinci Paterson, our Director of Community Engagement. She can be reached at volunteer@thegrotto.org, or by phone at 503-261-2433.

To read about the some of the year-round positions, click the button below.

Please remember we will need extra greeter volunteers while we are in phase one of reopening.

Thank you for your continued support of The Grotto.
Light a Candle at The Grotto

Purchase a candle to be lighted at The Grotto while we are closed. 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.

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.

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

Week 10
The Grotto Gift Shop
The Servite Mission
Architecture of The Grotto
A Retreat at The Grotto
The Visitor Center
Arriving at The Grotto
Sr. Ruth's Well

Week 11
Celebrating Memorial Day
A Gallery in the Woods
Hope and Healing
The View
The Grotto Plaza
The Leaves
Celebrating Pentecost

Week 12
Then and Now
Meet Me at The Grotto
A Sanctuary of Peace
In Every Sense
A Parade of Roses
Today: Volunteering at The Grotto
The Grotto
The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

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