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.

Mass Livestream

While the Chapel is closed for restoration, Mass will be livestreamed daily at 10 a.m. from the Monastery of Our Sorrowful Mother at The Grotto.

You can find the stream on our YouTube channel.
From Need Love to Give Love

Just recently I tried to console a family that was mourning the death of their dog. Among the family, it was the mother who was very much affected. I consoled them, but I hope I made them realize something more. No matter how hard we try, human relationships can never be replaced or supplied by anything, not even by a dog or a cat. Human relationships are incomparable and irreplaceable.

For sure Mary of Magdala didn’t cry for the death of her pet. She cried all the more because aside from the death of Jesus, now the body or her Lord was gone. It doubles her agony, her mourning. Undoubtedly Mary of Magdala loved Jesus beyond all telling. But we ask, was Mary’s love for the Lord already matured? No. Not yet. She was still on the level of “need love”. That’s the reason why she still keeps looking for the lifeless body of the Lord.

All of us in some way are still on the level of “need love.” The Resurrection of the Jesus invites all of us to another level of love. The Lord is calling each one of us this time to “give love.” When the Lord offered Himself on the Cross, he gave us his overflowing and total love. In the first reading, St. Peter is showing to each one of us how to share the overflowing love and forgiveness he received from the Lord after all he had done before.

Let us share our Easter faith!


Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM 
Click on the video and take a moment to relax and experience the serenity of the sanctuary.

Today, enjoy the vibrant colors of one of three mosaics found at the Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, located 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, go on an early morning walk through St. Joseph's Grove.

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.

Today: The Servites
Plaza Office Hours

Monday - Saturday (Not available Thursday)
10 a.m. - 12 p.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.

Fr. Vidal Martinez, OSM
Rector of The Grotto
Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM
Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM
Fr. Edgar Benedi-An, OSM
Gift Shop Hours: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The Grotto Gift Shop carries a great collection of items for Confirmation, First Holy Communion, and the season of spring.

Upcoming Blood Drives

Friday, April 23
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Grotto Conference Center

Wednesday, May 19
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Grotto Conference Center
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.