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Prayers and Worship

General Mass Requests Notice

Canon Law does not permit us to keep Mass intentions beyond a year’s time. The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes Mass enrollment is scheduled up to and including December 20, 2015. We will begin to accept Mass Requests again within a few weeks. In the meantime, we will offer your prayers in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world!

"For everyone who asks receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Mt. 7:8 Every prayer is heard and answered. The essence of prayer is to discern God's Will for us in the details of our life. Our Lord leaves clues and leads us gently to a deeper union with Him.

Prayers are Answered at the Grotto...

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I was so pleased to be able to visit the Grotto a couple of weeks ago... I lit a candle and submitted my request to the box. My request was graciously granted shortly after we arrived home. Our Lady is so generous and lifts our prayers and petitions to her loving and forgiving Son.
Marsha from Virginia

Mass and Sacrament Schedule

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Every Sunday at 11:15 a.m.

Mass Celebration in St. Mary's Chapel on the Hill
Every Sunday at 12 p.m.

Benediction and Rosary (lead by Mount St. Mary's Seminarians)
Following Sunday, 12 p.m. Mass

See our calendar for special celebrations...

Special Indulgences

The faithful, who out of devotion visit the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at Mount St. Mary's University, may gain the following indulgences:

Plenary Indulgence
By individual visitors - on all feast days of Our Lady, on all Saturdays and on all Sundays.
By members of a pilgrimage group - on any day of the year.

To gain the Plenary Indulgence all pilgrims are requested to:

  1. fulfill the usual conditions of reconciliation, Holy Communion and prayers for the intention of the Holy Father, and

  2. recite at the Grotto Cave the Hail Mary together with the invocation "O Mary, Virgin and Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me."

A Partial Indulgence of 500 days each time a visit is made to the Grotto of Lourdes and the Hail Mary is said together with the above mentioned invocation and prayers are said for the intention of the Holy Father.



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