The Grotto Centennial

Portland’s beloved National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother, also known as The Grotto, is celebrating their centennial with a full year of incredible events! We hope you will join in these events celebrating our local treasure of prayer and peace.

Check back here for our interviews and features on this historic year. You can find more details about the Grotto at


Centennial Kickoff Dinner

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Countdown to the centennial of the sanctuary begins. Archbishop  Emeritus George Vlazny, Guest of Honor;  limited seating; SOLD OUT


Centennial Opening Mass

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Outdoor Mass (weather permitting) at noon.  Prior Provincial Eugene Smith as celebrant


Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Join us after the St. Peregrine Mass in the Chapel of Mary or in the Upper Gardens along the Via Matris to pray the Dolores Rosary.


Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Mexican Servite Prior Provincial celebrates the Feast with the local community; all are welcome


National Blood Donor Month, 100 Donor Day

TBD, January 2024

The Grotto hosts the American Red Cross to collect 100 units of blood


Lenten Homeless Awareness

Wednesday, February 14 – Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Support Catholic Charities and the Blanchet House by donating a blanket; a coat; socks; gloves or nonperishable food at The Grotto Gift Shop


Crab Fest

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Crab Fest returns after three year break


Stations of the Cross

Friday, March 29, 2024

Join us for an evening praying of the Stations of the Cross at the Grotto; bring your own light


Mother’s Day Mass

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Free admission to the upper gardens for mothers


Our Lady of Fatima Mass

Monday, May 13, 2024

Our Lady of Fatima Statue at The Grotto, World Apostolate of Fatima sponsor; check back for details


Father’s Day Mass

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Free admission to the upper gardens for fathers


Youth Rally

Friday, July 26, 2024

The Grotto hosts a day of Ignite Your Torch Youth Rally


Opening and Blessing of Interpretive Center

Friday, September 13, 2024

Opening of new Grotto Interpretive Center in the visitor center followed by reception


Centennial Dinner

Saturday, September 14, 2024

Dinner on the upper level; Archbishop Sample guest of honor


Centennial Mass, Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Sunday, September 15, 2024

Archbishop Sample celebrant; Father Eugene Smith concelebrant; reception and blessing