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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.

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.