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Stay-at-Home Mandate

Following the guidelines announced by the State of Oregon and Multnomah County , The Grotto made the following changes as of Wednesday, Nov. 18:

The Grotto Gift Shop will remain OPEN for shopping and curbside pick-up, following strict capacity guidelines and social distancing. To contact the gift shop, call 503-261-2424.

Mass will be celebrated daily in the Chapel of Mary with a reduced capacity of 25 people, including clergy. You must be pre-registered to attend. To register for Mass, please click here. Expanded capacity is scheduled for dates after Dec. 3. Stay tuned for more information.

The Chapel will close immediately after Mass each day.

The Grotto grounds and gardens will be closed through December 3.

We will miss everyone, but hope you will stay in touch with us through our daily Advent emails, which begin tomorrow.

If you do not already receive our emails, you can sign up by clicking here.

We send all of you our blessings, and ask that you please wear a mask and stay safe!

Guided Spiritual Tours during Advent

Enjoy a very special evening touring The Grotto at dusk or in darkness.

On your tour you will experience the beauty of the Via Matris at night, the lighted cultural shrines, St. Anne’s Chapel, and the spectacular nighttime view from the Meditation Chapel. You will also have an opportunity to view The Grotto and the Christus Statue in the evening light, and have time to spend in the Chapel of Mary.

Each tour will have a maximum number of eight guests, so we may maintain safe social distancing. Every guest will be given a lantern to light their way.

Tours are $25 per person. Proceeds support The Grotto. Without the Festival of Lights, we need you more than ever.

To learn more about the tours and register, click here.

Se Habla Español

Saludos desde el Santuario Nacional de la Madre Dolorosa, comúnmente conocido como: The Grotto (La Gruta). Soy Fray Vidal Martínez,OSM, Rector del Santuario y Fraile de la Orden de los Siervos de María. Queremos extenderles una invitación a conocer más sobre nuestro Santuario Mariano y sobre nuestra Familia de los Siervos y Siervas de María. Con ese propósito, comenzaremos la celebración de la Santa Misa en español el segundo y el cuarto domingo de cada mes a las 2:00pm. La primera Misa en español se
celebrará el domingo, 8 de noviembre a las 2:00pm y luego, el domingo, 22 de noviembre a las 2:00pm. La Misa se celebrará en la Capilla de Santa María, aquí en el Santuario.

Debido a las restricciones impuestas por el gobierno estatal y municipal, el número de participantes en la Misa es limitado a unas 50 personas. Para poder asistir a la Misa, hay que apuntarse por anticipación. Para apuntarse, favor de hacer clic aquí.

Saludos desde el Santuario Nacional de la Madre Dolorosa, comúnmente conocido como: The Grotto (La Gruta). Soy Fray Vidal Martínez,OSM, Rector del Santuario y Fraile de la Orden de los Siervos de María. Queremos extenderles una invitación a conocer más sobre nuestro Santuario Mariano y sobre nuestra Familia de los Siervos y Siervas de María. Con ese propósito, comenzaremos la celebración de la Santa Misa en español el segundo y el cuarto domingo de cada mes a las 2:00pm. La primera Misa en español se
celebrará el domingo, 8 de noviembre a las 2:00pm y luego, el domingo, 22 de noviembre a las 2:00pm. La Misa se celebrará en la Capilla de Santa María, aquí en el Santuario.

Debido a las restricciones impuestas por el gobierno estatal y municipal, el número de participantes en la Misa es limitado a unas 50 personas. Para poder asistir a la Misa, hay que apuntarse por anticipación. Para apuntarse, favor de hacer clic aquí.

Virtual Advent Celebration

The Grotto will be hosting a daily Virtual Advent Celebration, which will include activities, reflections, recipes, music, memories, crafts and more.

Anyone interested in participating in the Virtual Advent Celebration , please send your email address to events@thegrotto.org and we will put you on the list for the daily emails during Advent.

If you would like to get our daily emails throughout the year, please click here.

The Virtual Advent Celebration will begin on the first day of Advent.

Chat with Father Richard

Fr. Richard Boyle, OSM, is now offering online appointments using “Zoom”, a popular and easy-to-use video conferencing tool.

If you would like make an appointment, please contact Fr. Richard directly via email. He will get in touch by return email and set up a day and time for a video conference.

For more information, click here.

Today’s Hours

Gardens: Closed through December16

Gift Shop: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Daily and Sunday Mass Schedule

The Grotto is pleased to announce the addition of an 8 a.m. Sunday Mass. Mass is now held every Sunday at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 noon.

Additionally, Mass will be celebrated Monday – Saturday at 12 noon.

Mass Information

Tagalog Mass

A Mass in Tagalog in celebrated every third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m.

Tagalog Mass Information

Blessing with the Relic of St. Peregrine

At the conclusion of the 10 a.m. Mass, a blessing with the relic of St. Peregrine will be offered each Sunday.

For more information about St. Peregrine and the blessing, please click here.

Daily Spiritual Reflection

Saturday, Nov. 28

Back to the beginning

John said: An angel showed me the river of life-giving water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the street. On either side of the river grew the tree of life that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month. (Rev 22:1-2)

For believers, John speaks to us with images of our faith. The tree of life calls to mind the Garden of Eden, yes – but more importantly, the Tree of Life is the cross. The river of life – giving water is the waters of Baptism. As we start a new Church year tomorrow with the First Sunday of Advent, we prepare our hearts to be made new with the Season.

Let us pray

Heavenly Lord, as I reflect on my own Baptism, I take a few moments to renew my commitment to you. I reject hatred, bigotry, fear, mistrust, and despair. I commit myself to hope, forgiveness, mercy, patience, and compassion. I commit myself to my faith community, to daily devotion and service, and to continually seek your guidance. May I continue to grow and shine the gift of my faith to all I meet. Amen.

Vinci Paterson, M. Div.

For past daily reflections, please click here.