The Grotto has been a very popular pilgrimage site for 125 years, with stories being told of very long lines of visitors on feast days decades ago, and of some miraculous cures. Many colorful ceremonies, especially on Marian feast days are held at the grotto.
The parish celebrates its feast day on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption, with a full day of devotions, hourly Masses, and wonderful meals and social activities. Needless to say, there are no beer tents, bingo tables, and carnival rides at Assumption Grotto’s annual festival. The feast- day ceremonies at the outdoor Grotto are a major attraction, with usually more than 1,000 attending both outdoor Masses, at noon and at 7 p. m. The evening Mass is followed by a solemn candlelight procession around the cemetery and parish grounds. Attendance some years has topped 20,000.
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Fr. Zuhlsdorf - aka "Fr. Z" has been writing the column "What Does the Prayer Really Say?" for many years now in that small Catholic newspaper. He later took his articles to the internet via Catholic Online forums, and then it gave birth to his blog of the same name.
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