Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day from the Servite Friars, the Sisters who minister at The Grotto, and the entire Grotto staff. May you have a joyful and blessed day.

We invite you to celebrate this special day at The Grotto, a shrine dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Summer Hours Begin Today: 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Upper Gardens admission sold until 7:30 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.
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.
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.

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: Third Saturday of the Month at 10 a.m.
Beginning in June, the Tagalog Mass will be celebrated every first and third Sunday of the Month at 2 p.m.

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.
No one has greater love than this ...

A mother is understanding: her words calm, her caresses heal and her kisses comfort. No one knows their children better than their own mother; she can understand the different factors that influence their mood and behavior. A mother's high level of perception, developed by that strong bond with the child, ultimately makes her the ultimate bearer of the value of understanding.

A mother is a responsibility: a mother watches over the well-being of her children and home at all costs, assumes her role with fortitude, fulfills her duties, and recognizes the great responsibility assigned to her by entrusting her with the upbringing of human beings to make them wonderful creatures.

A mother is patience: patient in the face of the arduous and inescapable situations of life, patient in the face of natural conflicts that arise in the family nucleus, patient with the tireless teachings to make her children whole and courageous people: work that she will do relentlessly for years and that she may never see finished. A mother lives patience to an excellent degree.

A mother is love: love for children is unique and perpetual, transparent, devoid of selfishness and personal ambition. For this love, the mother defies even her own abilities and performs truly incredible acts to protect or benefit her children.

Love is the beginning and end of human values; it is the one that provides the starting point of all the other virtues. Looking at the root of each of the above, the center where they converge is love. Because love does not mean sacrifice but selflessness, it does not mean resentment but forgiveness, it does not mean selfishness but tolerance, love is ... MOTHER.


Lord Jesus, we thank you for the life we have received from our mothers and recognize in them your love and tenderness. Mothers, like Mary, give everything for their children; they are present in all the moments of our existence, loving us, guiding us, educating us and, above all, teaching us to love You and our brothers and sisters. We thank you for this gift that fills us with deep joy and makes us understand the value of life.

Fr. Vidal Martinez, OSM
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, enjoy the reflection in one of the Peace Garden ponds 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, this squirrel has found perch high up in a tree.

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: FatherVidal@thegrotto.org
Father Ignatius Kissel, OSM: FatherIgnatius@thegrotto.org
Father Leo Hambur, OSM: FatherLeo@thegrotto.org
Father Edgar Benedi-an, OSM: FatherEdgar@thegrotto.org
Gift Shop Hours: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The Grotto Gift Shop carries a great collection of items for Mother's Day, including jewelry, home decor, accessories, books, rosaries and greeting cards.

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.