Day 5: Caring for Our Common Home

Service Project: Clean or care for an environmental space at The Grotto or in your neighborhood.

Partner: The Grotto / SOLVE

Inspiration: Pope Francis

The Project: Stewardship and respect for the environment of the planet we love and share is essential for our future, so we invite you to offer some hours or time of service right here at The Grotto. We have 62 acres of beautiful grounds needing constant care. 

Laudato Si’ (Care for Our Common Home)

Pope Francis, like his namesake, lifted our minds and hearts to the needs of the earth and the environment in his book, Laudato Si(Care for Our Common Home)

The entire work is available online by clicking here.

Today’s Service Partner: The Grotto and SOLVE

The Grotto

The Grotto is a sanctuary of peace, prayer and natural beauty, open year-round for all to enjoy. 62 acres of forest and gardens are situated in the middle of a busy city, serving as a habitat for wildlife and over 1,100 species of plants.

Stewardship and respect for the environment of the planet we love and share is essential for our future, so we invite you to offer some hours or time of service right here at The Grotto.

We have many volunteer needs in our gardens. Click the link below to sign up, or if you are interested in something else, please contact Vinci Paterson, our Director of Community Engagement, at

We thank you for your help.

To sign up to volunteer, please click here.


Can’t make it to The Grotto? We encourage you to spend some time caring for your neighborhood, or sign-up with SOLVE for one of their many neighborhood clean-ups.

Founded in 1969, SOLVE’s mission is to bring Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship.

SOLVE restores and preserves Oregon’s environment by mobilizing the power of volunteers and partners with the generosity of donors. Across the state, we bring diverse communities together to improve the health and safety of our neighborhoods and natural areas including our coast, rivers, parks, and forests.

  • We Implement litter cleanups because we know the importance of keeping our neighborhoods safe and healthy, while also understanding the importance of picking up litter before it heads downstream, impacting our shared ocean.
  • We orchestrate year-round beach cleanups because we know they are essential to reducing the harmful effects of plastic pollution and other marine debris.
  • We plant native trees and shrubs and remove invasive species to help Oregon’s habitats stay healthy, so they can continue to support a wealth of pollinators and other wildlife.

To visit SOLVE’s website, click here.

In response to the fires

While the fires are still burning around us, it is too early to know the extent of the effect on the environment.

But it is never too early to teach people about the importance of fire safety.

Click here for great lessons for kids on preventing wildfires from Smokey the Bear.

A Prayer for Today’s Day of Service

Ever-loving Father,

You have created a beautiful world and populated it with plants, animals, and a treasure trove of races and cultures.

Open my eyes to see the world as you do.

Help me to become a better steward to this corner of the world where I live.

May I honor and attend to this amazing earth so that future generations can discover and celebrate its wonder and beauty.


Prayer Cards

A limited number of prayer cards are available for pick-up this week, beginning Monday, at The Grotto Visitor Center.

If you are unable to come to The Grotto, email to arrange for a set to be sent to you, while supplies last.

Today’s Prayer Card:

For those out of the area

For those of you not in the Portland area, we encourage you to seek local opportunities to follow the lead of Pope Francis in caring for all creation.

Today’s Inspiration: Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’

The Grotto Upper Gardens

30 Seconds of Peace in The Grotto Upper Gardens

Learn more about the Servite Order

The Grotto is a ministry of the Servite Friars, Order of Servants of Mary.

To learn more about the Servites, please click here.

Thank you for participating in today’s Day of Service.