Today we celebrate Pentecost

Pentecost is the celebration of the Holy Spirit descending on the apostles after the Ascension of Jesus.

Pentecost is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter.

Operating Hours: 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Upper Gardens admission sold until 7:30 p.m.

Pentecost Sunday Masses

8 a.m. in the Chapel of Mary
10 a.m. in The Grotto Plaza
12 noon in The Grotto Plaza

In the event of inclement weather, all Masses will be celebrated in the Chapel.
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.
Pentecost Sunday

Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. Our readings for this celebration pictured everything about how the disciples received the Holy Spirit that “enables them to proclaim” and to forgive or retain the sins of others. And in his letter, Saint Paul reminds the Galatians (and us) that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, selfcontrol.”

We have received the gift of the Holy Spirit through the sacrament of Baptism. Thus, since the beginning, we have been gifted to carry out in our lives the work of the Holy Spirit. What do we do with that gift? Have we been fulfilling its mission in and through our lives? Have we been sharing the love of God? Have we been bringing joy to the poor and the sick? Have we been patient with our spouses and with our children or with our parents? If you have not done so, this is a great time to invite the Holy Spirit to help you to be able to share God’s love and mercy.

With the pandemic still rampant in the world, our Responsorial Psalm calls us to cry out, “Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth!”

There is no better time for us to implore God’s mercy and pray that the Holy Spirit helps the leaders of the nations to make better planning for the common good of all people in the world, and may the Holy Spirit renew the face of the earth.

Mass at The Grotto

We are still under strict capacity guidelines due to the pandemic, which is 80 indoors, and 200 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.

In the Upper Gardens, and other outdoor areas at The Grotto, those who are fully vaccinated may remove their masks.

Mass Schedule

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: First and Third Sunday of the Month at 2 p.m. (Beginning in June)

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.
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, spend a moment in St. Joseph's Grove in 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, the eggs which were laid on the ledge outside the Monastery, have hatched into baby robins, just waiting to take flight.

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.

From left to right

Father Vidal Martinez, OSM, Rector:
Father Ignatius Kissel, OSM:
Father Leo Hambur, OSM:
Father Edgar Benedi-an, OSM:
Catholic Bible Study Livestream

Saturdays at 9:15-10 a.m. - NOTE NEW TIME

Join Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM, via livestream from The Grotto, for an hour of bible study, giving those who desire an opportunity to deepen their knowledge about the word of God in the Sunday readings.

If you are unable to join us at that time, the video of the livestream will be available on our YouTube channel for the entire week, so you may watch at a more convenient time.

While it won't be possible for Father Edgar to entertain questions during the hour, viewers are encouraged to email their questions or comments to Father Edgar so he can address them during the week.

Gift Shop Hours: 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Grotto Gift Shop carries a great collection of religious items for your home and garden, along with books, cards, Rosaries, jewelry and much more. We invite you to visit and enjoy exploring the shop.

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.