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Baby Jesus Sculpture - Christmas

Enroll your loved ones and friends
to be remembered during the celebration of

Christmas Eve Mass

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m. Mass
(Confessions, 3 p.m.)
St. Mary's Chapel at the Grotto of Lourdes

During this celebration of Jesus's birth, and through the intercession of Mary, God will hear and know your every thought and every prayer uttered. For more information, call (301) 447-5318 or email

► Enroll in Christmas Eve Mass

► Light a Christmas Votive

the Solemnity of Mary

Solemnity of Mary

Join us for the Solemnity of Mary Mass
(a holy day of obligation)

Thursday, Jan. 1, 12 p.m. Mass

St. Mary's Chapel at the Grotto of Lourdes

On New Year's day, the octave day of Christmas, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God, the divine virginal motherhood of the Blessed Virgin. For more information, call (301) 447-5318 or email

► Light a Christmas Votive

march for life - january 22


Pray for the Gift of Life

Thursday, Jan. 22

at the Grotto of Lourdes

Holy Mother, we pray that the innocent unborn children who die without Baptism should be baptized and saved!

Recieve a FREE Pro-Life Prayer Card in the Miller Family Visitors Center.
For more information, call (301) 447-5318 or email


five first saturday devotions

fatima statue at Grotto

Fulfill the First Saturday Devotion
Requested by Our Lady of Fatima

Every first Saturday of the month, 12 p.m. Mass
(exception in April due to Holy Week)

St. Mary's Chapel at the Grotto of Lourdes

Our Lady of Fatima Promises all the Graces Necessary for Heaven if a Catholic Finishes the Five First Saturdays Devotion. "Whether the world has war or peace depends on the practice of this devotion, along with the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is why I desire its propagation so ardently, especially because this is also the will of our dear Mother in Heaven." -Sr. Lucy (March 19, 1939). For more information, call (301) 447-5318 or email

► Light a Vigil Light

adopt a shrine

Fatima Statue Number 2

Would you or your group like the opportunity to make a difference for the thousands of pilgrims who visit the Grotto each year? By Adopting a Shrine, you can help to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of a devotional area. 

Your generosity will allow the Grotto to continue its ministry to all who walk these  holy grounds, and give you the chance to have a hand in the legacy of the Grotto of Lourdes.

For more information, call (301) 447-5318 or email


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blessed grotto spring water

Spring water

The natural spring water is blessed flowing down Mary's Mountain at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. Although there are no documented miracles, many have reported favors and graces from drinking the Grotto spring water. 
At the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, our Grotto staff is the one and only service to package and send our Grotto spring water. You only pay for the decorative bottle, postage and packing; however, we ask you to consider an offering to support the Grotto. Of course, the Grotto spring water is freely available at the Grotto fountain on the holy grounds.

Yes, please send my bottle of Grotto Spring Water today!


The Grotto spring water is free with our special bottle (1.0 oz.) and the water is collected from the spring on these holy grounds.

Parking Update


Congested traffic is causing a safety concern in the upper parking lot. For your safety, we have closed the lot and will be replacing the area with walkways and gardens.

Drop-off/Pick-up at the Miller Family Visitors Center and transportation to and from the lower parking lot is available! 
Please call (301) 447-5318

Operating Hours

Miller Family Visitors Center and Grounds
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
(gates close at 5 p.m.)—get directions
Phone 301-447-5318

► The National Shrine is Closed on Christmas Day

St. Bernadette's Shoppe
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
Phone 301-447-5444
► The Shoppe will closed for inventory January 5-18, 2015

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