Today's Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Upper Gardens admission sold until 7:30 p.m.

Mass

12 noon in the Chapel of Mary
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.
St. Christopher Magallanes, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

Saint Magallanes, along with twenty-one diocesan priests and three lay men were executed for their association with the Cristero uprising which opposed the anti-Catholic Mexican government in the 1920’s. The Cristero motto was “Long live Christ the King and the Virgin of Guadalupe!” Saint Christopher Magallanes was arrested when he was on the way to say Mass, and he was killed four days later without a trial. Before his death, he prayed for the unity of all his Mexican brethren. On May 21, 2000, he was canonized by Pope John Paul II.

These martyrs “followed” the Lord not only in their loving service during their lifetime, but also and especially by shedding their blood and in enduring the pain for the sake of their faith. They loved the Lord and Our Lady of Guadalupe to the point of death.

Their martyrdom teaches us that we have been endowed by the gift of the Holy Spirit, with whom we are strengthened, to follow and to love the Lord in our daily lives.

Prayer

May the Holy Spirit continue to guide our ways that we continue to follow the path of the Lord, even when the other paths are the direct and simple ones. May we faithfully carry out the Lord’s command to love God and our neighbor.

Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM
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.

For those fully vaccinated from Covid-19, we welcome you to remove your masks in the outdoor areas at The Grotto.

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: First and Third Sunday of the Month at 2 p.m. (Beginning in June)

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.
Catholic Bible Study Livestream Tomorrow

The Grotto is pleased to announce a new program, Catholic Bible Study.

Every Saturday at 10 a.m. we welcome everyone to join Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM, via livestream from The Grotto, for an hour of bible study, giving those who desire an opportunity to deepen their knowledge about the word of God in the Sunday readings. This will provide time each week to deepen our knowledge and faith in the Lord Jesus and assist us in becoming matured Christians.

If you are unable to join us at that time, the video of the livestream will be available on our YouTube channel for the entire week, so you may watch at a more convenient time.

While it won't be possible for Father Edgar to entertain questions during the hour, viewers are encouraged to email their questions or comments to Father Edgar so he can address them during the week.

We will begin tomorrow, May 22, the birthday of the Church, and study the Gospel for Pentecost Sunday.

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 beautiful Via Matris (Way of the Mother), 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, the Statue of Mary stands tall atop the cliff, 120 feet above The Grotto.

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. - 8:30 p.m.

The Grotto Gift Shop carries a great collection of religious items for your home and garden, along with jewelry, Rosaries, medals, statuary, greeting cards, books and more. We know you will enjoy your visit to the shop.

CURBSIDE PICK-UP AVAILABLE: call 503-261-2424
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.