Today's 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 tomorrow

Beginning tomorrow, 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.

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.

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.
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Mediatrix of Grace

"The maternity of Mary in the order of grace began with the consent which she gave in faith at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross and lasts until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this salvific duty, but by her constant intercession continued to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation. By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and difficulties, until they are led into the happiness of their true home. Therefore, the Blessed Virgin is invoked by the Church under the titles of Advocate, Help, and Mediatrix. These, however, are to be so understood that they neither take away from nor add anything to the dignity and efficacy of Christ the one Mediator." - II Vatican Council: Lumen Gentium, n.62

As Mediatrix, Mary places herself between her Son and those in need because of her role as mother. The one Mediator grants to His mother the role of Mediatrix of the graces of redemption because she has uniquely shared in his work of redemption. The gift of eternal redemption comes from Calvary and the redeeming work of the Savior, the one Mediator, Jesus Christ. His mother Mary has been given the role by God to bring the gifts of eternal salvation as Mediatrix. Christ is the fountain of Salvation and Mary is the conduit from which the graces flow.

Prayer

Mary, Holy and Immaculate Mother of God, we come to you, who are Mediatrix of all grace. Receive our prayer, Most Holy Mother of God, that we may obtain the grace to ensure that all our life, all we desire, all we do be to praise and serve our Lord in everything. Mother, Queen of our hearts, have mercy on us who are sinners, help us cleanse our souls from the stain of sin, so that one day we may be resurrected with Christ and enjoy the glory of God the Father in heaven, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Fr. Vidal Martinez, OSM
Mother's Day at The Grotto

Tomorrow, Sunday, May 9, is Mother's Day, and there is no better place to celebrate than our beautiful shrine, dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Mother's Day Operating Hours: 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Last minute shopping ideas for Mom

The Grotto Gift Shop is a great place to find something special for mom. And if you can't decide, how about an Annual Family Pass to the Upper Gardens?

Here are just a few of the treasures available ...
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.

CURBSIDE PICK-UP AVAILABLE: call 503-261-2424
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, the majestic evergreens create a beautiful backdrop for the colorful rhododendrons, which you can find all over the grounds of the sanctuary.

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 beautiful azaleas are beginning to bloom.

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
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.