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.

Summer Hours begin Sunday

Beginning this Sunday, May 9, The Grotto will be open daily from 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Admission to the Upper Gardens will be sold until 7:30 p.m.)
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.

The initiative will involve all the Shrines of the world in a special way, so that they might encourage the faithful, families and communities to recite the Rosary to pray for an end to the pandemic.

Daily recitation of the Rosary at The Grotto will take place everyday, one half hour before each Mass (Sunday- Saturday), during the month of May.

If you wish to volunteer to lead the Rosary before one of the daily or Sunday Masses, please contact Fr. Vidal Martínez, OSM, Rector of The Grotto at FatherVidal@thegrotto.org, or call 503-254-7371, ext. 117. Thank you.
Mass at The Grotto

Mass is celebrated daily in the Chapel of Mary at 12 noon. On Sundays, the 10 a.m. and 12 noon Masses will be celebrated outdoors in The Grotto Plaza, weather permitting.

We are still under strict capacity guidelines due to the pandemic, which is 80 indoors, and 150 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.

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.

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.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you …

Sometime ago, someone asked me, “Fr. Leo, what do you think of hell?” To respond to this question, I said that the Church’s teaching is very clear on this. Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) states that Hell is eternal separation from God … an eternal life alienation from God and God’s love (CCC 1035 & 1057). God gives us freedom, yet at times this freedom makes us wander away from God and not listen to God’s merciful voice to call us to do God’s will: to remain in God and His word.

To remain means to stay connected with something: a source. To remain means to stay. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines ‘remain’ as “to be a part not destroyed, taken or used up.” These definitions make it easier for us to understand what Jesus was saying, “If you remain in me … ask whatever you want and it will be done for you.” He is the source of our life and when we are connected to this source, we will live and he will provide whatever we need to bear fruit for His Kingdom.

To remain in Jesus means to depend fully on his grace, because without him we cannot do anything. If we rely only on our own, we will not bear fruit for his Kingdom. To remain in Jesus, we need to humble ourselves and surrender ourselves totally. If we remain in him, we can overcome everything that life brings because we have the strength from the source of life itself, Christ Jesus, the true vine.


Lord Jesus, the true vine, our source of life, we thank you for the life and faith. With you we can do many things. Help us to remain, to stay in you, connected with our source of life and love, that we, too, may be able to share your love with those around us, especially those who need us the most. Increase our faith in you that we can do all things for your Kingdom, where you live and reign, forever and ever.


Fr. Leo Hambur, 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 peaceful beauty of the Upper Gardens, with the Statue of Mary in the distance.

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, an outdoor ledge at the Monastery becomes a special place for new life week.

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.

Gift Shop Hours: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Let 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.