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Pilgrimages, Tours & Field Trips

Pilgrimage and Retreat Options

  • Individual
  • Group
  • School

Sample Pilgrimage Themes

  • Gratitude
  • Penance
  • Intercession
  • Special Intention
  • Seasonal themes
  • Advent
  • Lent
  • St. Peregrine
  • Feast Days

Mass Options

  • Daily Mass: 12 noon
  • Saturday Mass: 8 a.m.
  • Sunday Masses: 10 a.m. and 12 noon
  • St. Peregrine Healing Mass: First Saturday of the month at 12 noon
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturdays at 11 a.m.

Prayer Component Options

  • Stations of the Cross
  • Light a Candle and Pray at the Grotto Cave
  • Via Matris prayers
  • Labyrinth prayer
  • Mysteries of the Rosary: Sorrowful, Joyful, Glorious, Luminus
  • Pray with the Joys and Sorrows of St. Joseph in St. Joseph’s Grove
  • Meditate on the Cultural Shrines of Mary
  • Spend time at Prayer in one of our Chapels
  • Chapel of Mary (lower level)
  • Meditation Chapel (upper level)
  • St. Anne’s Chapel (upper level)
  • Walk the Upper Gardens reflecting on the beauty of God’s Creation

Tours

  • Guided Tour (for groups of 6 or more)
  • Self-Guided Tour Book available for individuals

A Standard Guided Tour is approximately 1 hour in the Upper Gardens.  It consists of historical, cultural background, as well as spiritual and religious significance of statues, artwork, gardens and chapels.

Lunch

  • Boxed lunch (to go or eat in the picnic area)
  • Buffet lunch in the Conference Center
  • Bring your own lunch (Conference Center not available for this option, eat on the bus or in one of our outdoor eating spots.)

Included in all Pilgrimages, Retreats and Tours

  • Each pilgrimage/tour includes time to view a 12-minute introductory video about The Grotto.

School Field Trips

Age-appropriate Pilgrimages/Tours

  • Lower Elementary
  • Upper Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School

Age-appropriate Content and Activities for the Following Topics

  • Catholic prayer and devotions at The Grotto
  • The story and inspiration of various Saints depicted at The Grotto
  • Mary our Mother- expressed in Art and Culture
  • Praying the Seven Sorrows of Mary:  The Via Matris
  • The Mysteries of the Rosary
  • Understanding St. Joseph – Praying at St. Joseph’s Grove
  • What is a religious community? Who are the Servants of Mary?
  • Seeing God in Nature – Plant names and religious significance

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Vinci Paterson, Director of Community Engagement at 503-254-7371 or email vpaterson@thegrotto.org.