The Grotto’s Calendar of Events
Wednesday, Feb. 18: Ash Wednesday, Mass 12 noon and 7:30 p.m.,
Distribution of Ashes at both Masses, Chapel of Mary
Saturday, Feb. 28: Crabfest, 5 p.m., The Grotto Conference Center
Sunday, March 1: Lenten Prayer Concert with the Filipino Chorale, 3 p.m., The Chapel of Mary
Tuesday, march 10: Visitation of the Relic of St. John Paul II, 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 22: Paschal Lenten Musical Presentation with Mother Mary of Angels, 4 p.m., The Chapel of Mary
Friday, March 27: St. Catherine’s (St. Paul, MN) Concert, 7 p.m., The Chapel of Mary
Sunday, March 29: Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, 10 a.m. Mass, Chapel of Mary
Thursday, April 2: Holy Thursday – Feast of The Lord’s Supper, 7:30 p.m. Mass, Chapel of Mary (no noon Mass)
Friday, April 3: Good Friday Via Matris, 3 p.m. Liturgy, 7:30 p.m., Chapel of Mary (no noon Mass)
Saturday, April 4: Easter Vigil, 8 p.m., Chapel of Mary (no morning Mass)
Sunday, April 5: Easter Sunday, Masses at 10 a.m. and Noon, Chapel of Mary
Sunday, April 12: Divine Mercy Mass at 10 a.m., Chapel of Mary
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following the 10 a.m. Mass
Litany of the Divine Mercy, 3 p.m. / Benediction 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18: Pacific Lutheran University Choir Concert, 2 p.m., The Chapel of Mary
Saturday, May 30: Filipino Santacruzan Celebration, 2 p.m., The Grotto Plaza
Sunday, July 5: Freedom Day, 10 a.m. The Grotto Plaza
Sunday, July 19: Blessing of the Animals, 2 p.m., The Grotto Plaza
Sunday, July 26: Dambana Festival, 2 p.m., The Grotto Plaza
Monday, July 27: Feast of St. Anne, Outdoor Mass and Reflection, 7:30 p.m., The Grotto Plaza
Saturday, August 8: Concert on the Lawn with Michael Allen Harrison, 6 p.m., The Grotto’s Upper Level Gardens
Saturday, August 15: Feast of the Assumption, Outdoor Mass at Candlelight Rosary Procession, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 13: Volunteer Appreciation Picnic, 4 p.m., The Grotto’s Upper Level Picnic Area
Sunday, Sept. 20: Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and The Grotto’s 90th Anniversary Mass, 12 noon, The Grotto Plaza
Friday, Nov. 27: Opening Night of The Grotto’s 28th Annual Festival of Lights
Thursday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve, Masses at 10 p.m. and Midnight, Chapel of Mary
Friday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day, Mass at 10 a.m. (shops and grounds closed)
Christmas Festival of Lights
The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights
Friday the day after Thanksgiving through December 30th
Our celebration of Christmas begins the day after Thanksgiving with the opening of our most popular event, The Christmas Festival of Lights. With over 500,000 lights, 150 choral performances, a petting zoo, carolers, puppet shows and hot chocolate this is a special event for the whole family.
International Freedom Sunday
In colorful native costumes, carrying bouquets of vibrant flowers, people gather at The Grotto to celebrate the annual International Freedom Day Mass. Each year this Mass is held at The Grotto on the Sunday closest to Independence Day.
July 6, 2014
The Freedom Day Celebration began at The Grotto in 1976 as a way for new immigrants in Portland to celebrate their independence. Most of the people who come to give thanks for the liberty they enjoy in the United States are Southeast Asian. However, the ethnic groups who participate in this celebration include Polish, Croatian, Russian, Korean, Filipino, Hispanic, Eritrean, Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese.
Blessing of the Animals
The Annual Blessing of the animals is Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the plaza.
The Blessing of the Animals is held the third Sunday of July and offers individuals with pets an opportunity to reflect upon the positive impact animals have on our emotional and physical well-being. This annual event attracts a wide variety of animals and their human friends. Individuals of all faiths are invited to bring their companion animals, properly restrained, to The Grotto for the Blessing of the Animals. All are welcome.
Events at The Grotto
Throughout the year, The Grotto holds a wide variety of events, including special religious celebrations, retreats, workshops, the Christmas Festival of Lights, concerts, a crab feed, and a blessing of animals. We hope that you will join us at The Grotto for one of our special events. For more information, please call 503-254-7371.