We are excited to start the long-needed renovations to the Grotto sacristy this week. The building was originally erected in the mid-1960s. Since then, the existing sacristy is in desperate need of expansion to make room for a:
- priest and seminarian vesting area,
- vestment and Mass supplies storage
With these updates, our priests and seminarians will have room to vest and prepare before Mass. Likewise, they will have the ability at the end of the Mass to remove their vestments and appropriately store any of the vessels used during the Eucharistic celebration.
We will have appropriate storage for the Grotto's vestments (such as the handmade albs and chasuable), sacred vessels and St. Mary's Chapel on the Hill's furnishings such as altar linens and the monstrance.
Along with needed storage, a suitable sacrarium will give the ability to properly prepare and dispose of holy water and wine. The drain will flow directly into the ground to prevent sacred items such as used holy water from being washed into the sewers or septic tanks.
A confessional will be conveniently placed in the sacristy near the entrance of St. Mary's Chapel on the Hill. The confessional will give the precious opportunity to pilgrims to engage in additional sacraments as never before.
We are grateful for the generous donations to this project. Because of our benefactors, the Grotto has been a light of hope for thousands of pilgrims each and every year, and we continue this grace for many years to come.