Mother’s Day at The Grotto

Today, 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. And, at this time of year, the flowers are blooming everywhere.

Mother’s Day Operating Hours: 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Here are a few ideas:

Take a family photo in front of one of the many magnificent rhododendrons.
Say a prayer together in front of The Grotto.
Walk the Via Matris (Way of the Mother) in the Upper Gardens.
Visit the newly-restored Chapel of Mary.
Spend a moment in the beautiful Peace Garden. This is another great spot for photographs.
Attend one of three Masses (The 10 a.m. and noon Mass will take place outdoors, weather permitting.)
Especially fun for kids:

Bring the kids to watch the planes take off from PDX. The view is spectacular from the Meditation Chapel.
Walk the Labyrinth.
Ride the 110-foot elevator to the Upper Gardens.
Look a the collection of Mary statues from around the world in the Visitor Center.
Do some Mother’s Day shopping in The Grotto Gift Shop.

In honor of a special mother:

Light a candle in the outdoor cradles next to the Grotto.