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Mary statue in  caveOur Lady of Lourdes Feast Day

Mass of Healing and Anointing of Sick

Feb. 11, Noon
St. Mary's Chapel

HandsMother of God, you are holding Jesus against your heart. Sustain us in our weakness as we look to the future and perhaps see it darkened by sickness and pain.

►Your Prayer Intention
During the Mass of Healing

►Light of Hope,
a Votive During the Mass of Healing

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The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is given to “the faithful whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age.”  This impairment may not necessarily be grave or perilous, however care should be taken that the sacrament is not “given indiscriminately or to a person whose health is not seriously impaired” (Pastoral Care of the Sick, 8).  


Mary Rosary


Every second Saturday of the month
10:30 a.m.

Grotto of Lourdes Cave
Led by Lay Missionaries of Charity
Frederick, MD

O Queen of the most holy Rosary: with hearts full of confidence we earnestly beseech you to bless the Crusade of the Family Rosary. From you came the grace to begin it. From you must come the grace to win souls to it. We beg you to bless this Crusade so that from every home the incense of this prayer will daily rise before you, O admirable Mother.

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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, 9 a.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).

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blessed grotto 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.


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

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

St. Bernadette's Shoppe
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
Phone 301-447-5444

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