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Beacon of Hope

Grotto of Lourdes News
Date: Feb 2014

Old Grotto SacristyWe 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,
  • confessional,
  • sacrarium,
  • 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.

Healing Mass

In celebration of Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day on Tuesday, February 11th, a special Mass of Healing and Anointing of the Sick was held in St. Mary’s Chapel on the  Hill. Over one hundred people attended the Mass and many more braved the frigid temperatures to visit the Grotto throughout the day to honor our Lady on this special feast.

Father Tom Smith, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, was the celebrant for the Mass.  He gave a moving Homily about how God heals us in many ways beyond just our physical nature and reminded us that we need to trust in God’s providence. The Anointing service was very moving and left attendees spiritually renewed with a sense of peace and tranquility.

We look forward to having another Mass of Healing and Anointing of the Sick this summer. Stay connected with us online, in the mail, and in person to keep up to date on the latest happenings at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.   

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