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Women’s Choir of St. Catherine University

St. Catherine University Choir
Friday, March 27
7 p.m.

The Chapel of Mary

The Women’s Choir of St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minn., will visit The Grotto this week as part of their Spring Break Concert Tour.

Under the direction of Patricia Cahalan Connors, the choir will perform a variety of sacred and secular works from the Renaissance to the present. A centerpiece of the program is Hungarian composer György Orban’s setting of the Latin Mass, composed in 2000.  Works by Monteverdi, Mendelssohn, and several Minnesota composers will also be featured.

The Women’s Choir is the principal collegiate choral ensemble at the University. Choir members represent a variety of academic majors and the choir performs throughout the year, both on and off campus. While exploring every style period, the choir specializes in performing music by contemporary composers, particularly women. By invitation, the Women’s Choir has performed for state music conventions, with other college choirs in “WomanVoice” concerts, and on concert tours in the United States and abroad.

This is a free concert but a free will offering in support of The Grotto will be accepted.

Visitation of the relic of St. John Paul II

The visitation of the relic of St. John Paul II will take place at The Grotto in the Chapel of Mary on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Visitation Schedule:

12:00–12:45 PM Mass
12:45–1:15 PM Presentation by the Sisters of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary
1:15–3:00 PM Private prayer and veneration

3:00–3:30 PM Chaplet of Divine Mercy and veneration
3:30–5:30 PM Private prayer and veneration

5:30–6:00 PM Rosary recitation in English and veneration
6:00–6:30 PM Rosary recitation in Vietnamese and veneration
6:30–7:00 PM Rosary recitation in Tagalog and veneration

7:00–8:00 PM Mass
8:00–8:30 PM Presentation by the Sisters of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary
8:30–9:00 PM Rosary recitation in Spanish and veneration
9:00–9:30 PM Private prayer and veneration

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

Sunday, July 26:          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

Friday, 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)

Michael Allen Harrison Concert on the Lawn

The Grotto

Saturday, August 8
5 p.m.
The Grotto’s Upper Level Gardens

$50 per person

(Includes hors d’oeuvres and selected wine and beer.)

Enjoy an evening of music and conversation with Portland’s premiere artist Michael Allen Harrison on the Lawn in The Grotto’s Upper Level Gardens. Guests will delight in the serene setting amid towering firs, offering an enchanting backdrop for the evening.

Light evening hors d’oeuvres and selected wine and beer are included in your ticket price.

Order online below or call 503-254-7371.  For more information, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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.

Click here to learn more about the Christmas Festival of Lights

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.

Freedom Sunday
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 Grotto

The Annual Blessing of the animals is Sunday, July 20, 2014 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

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.

85th Anniversary Mass

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