Let’s Build a Grotto to Honor Our Blessed Mother Mary, the Mother of God!

Let’s Build a Grotto to Honor Our Blessed Mother Mary, the Mother of God!

During the renovation and building of our new church, it was necessary to remove Mary’s grotto from the northwest end of the property. The grotto was in bad shape and much of the structure in need of repair. Since that time, many parishioners have shown an interest in rebuilding a new shrine to honor the Blessed Mother. This is what will be done once we find volunteers who know masonry and other skills to help begin building this tremendous undertaking. Many of the stones from the original grotto as well as salvaged lime stones from the old church are being stored to help us begin this project.

d1e90ba366489d2c473e02824860f179.jpgGrotto, taken from the Italian word grotto, is usually a natural cave like area. They can be found in mostly mountainous areas where stones form cave like structures. Famous grottos that exist as holy places are located in many areas around our world. The most famous of them exists at Our Lady of Lourdes shrine in Lourdes, France. Others, including the one we had at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, were built to honor the Blessed Mother. The grotto is like a natural “cathedral” which houses an image of the Blessed Mother. A grotto is usually decorated with beautiful plantings similar to a botanical garden.

Besides a new grotto many parishioners would like to also build an outdoor nativity scene. From the days of Fr. Berst a visible nativity was housed under the sacristy of the church where many could come and view and pray. The Assumption Parish Building committee would like to also build this on the southeast corner of the church. The original statues of the old nativity will be used in its design. But first, we will focus our efforts and volunteer skills on building a grotto to give honor to Saint Mary.

If you would like to join a parish committee to design and build a grotto this coming Spring, please call the parish office and ask for Curtis Grove. May is the traditional month of great honor and dedication to Mary, the Mother of God. We would like to begin this grotto once the weather breaks this May and we hope that the completion of the grotto will be done by August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

If you have masonry, building and structural skills, design ability, gardening and other talents, we ask that you volunteer for the work of this project dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Help us to build a great place of devotion to Saint Mary, Jesus’ mother and our mother as well.


Father Noesen


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May 28th at 10:00A.M.

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Join us June 9th for RISE UP - Our 5th Annual Fishers of Men Joliet Diocese Catholic Men's Conference.

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Dan DeMatte - International Speaker, Author, EWTN Co-Host of Encounter radion show, and Executive Director of Catholic Youth Summer Camp

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Thursday, August 23
Shotgun Start at 1:00 PM
Joliet Country Club 
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