The Grotto's Annual Week of Service Concludes Today

As we celebrate The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and The Grotto's 98th Anniversary, please join us this week as we work together to serve the community.

You may drop donations off at the barrels in The Grotto Gift Shop any time this week.

Monday, Sept. 12 - Helping those in need

Donate food or new socks for SnowCap, an East Portland food bank.

Inspiration: Servite St. Philip Benizi

Tuesday, Sept. 13 - Care and love for all creation

Donate a pet toy or treat to your local animal shelter.

Inspiration: St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, Sept. 14 - Caring for our common home

Pick up trash at your local park or neighborhood.

Inspiration: Pope Francis' encyclical letter Laudato Si'

Thursday, Sept. 15 - Caring for those who are ill or homebound

Send a letter, email or call someone who is ill or in need of support to brighten their day.

Inspiration: Servite St. Peregrine Laziosi, patron saint of those with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Friday, Sept. 16 - Saving Lives

Red Cross Blood Drive,10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Conference Center.

Click here to register to give blood at any of our upcoming drives.

Inspiration: Jesus Christ

Saturday, Sept 17 - Caring for Mothers and Babies

Donate diapers, wipes and formula to SnowCap. (Donations will be collected all week long in The Grotto Gift Shop.)

Inspiration: Mother Mary

Sunday, Sept. 18 - Supporting Education

Donate supplies to your local school, or to locate drop-off spots in the Portland area.

Inspiration: Servite St. Clelia Barbieri

TODAY - Day 7: Supporting Education

Activity: To honor St. Clelia Barbieri, consider making a donation of commonly needed school supplies to your children’s school, a school in your neighborhood, or an organization that focuses on youth and education. You may contact your local school, or go to for ways to drop off donations in the Portland area. 

Inspiration: Servite St. Clelia Barbieri

St. Clelia Barbieri was born February 13, 1847 near Bologna, Italy. Her early years were passed in great poverty. In 1868, together with three companions, she founded a community to care for abandoned girls and to provide for their education. She died in 1870 at age 23. From the small group she founded was born the religious family of the Minims of the Sorrowful Virgin. She was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1989.

If you have questions about the Seven Days of Service, please email Food donations will be accepted any day this week in The Grotto Gift Shop.

A Prayer for Week of Service, Day 7: Supporting Education

Saint Clelia,

As a child you lived in poverty; as you grew, you and three companions chose to care for and provide education to abandoned girls like you.


Pray for us, that God may touch our hearts to support the work and generosity of those who support children in need of basic school supplies.


May the good work you began continue through the good works of each one of us.


We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Today's Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Upper Gardens admission sold until 5:30 p.m.

Sunday Masses

8 a.m.

10 a.m.

12 noon

The 10 a.m. and noon Masses will be celebrated outside in the plaza, weather permitting. Otherwise, all Masses will take place inside the Chapel of Mary.

Filipino Mass

2 p.m.

Chapel of Mary

This Mass is celebrated on the first and third Sunday of each month, weather permitting.

Recitation of the Rosary

Daily recitation of the Rosary at The Grotto will take place everyday, one half hour before each Mass.

Look up toward the Upper Gardens from outside the Chapel of Mary.

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

The Grotto Gift Shop carries a vast array of jewelry, home accessories, books, Rosaries, statuary, art, greeting cards and more. We invite you to come in and explore.

Vintage Corner at The Grotto Gift Shop

Come check out the Vintage Corner at The Grotto Gift Shop, where you can find previously-owned treasures. Check back often to see what is "old".

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