OUR LADY OF LOURDES GROTTO
A few years after the initial construction of the site, a Grotto Committee of local volunteers was formed to continue with the beautification of the site. A large pair of rosary beads was custom made by another parishioner, Mr. Adolphe Lainey, from fishing buoys, and placed on the site. The rosary has been placed over the rock face and is a beautiful addition. A small waterfall cascades down the rock face between the Grotto and the beads with an almost spiritual tranquility. The Grotto property is now surrounded by a "Memory Walk," adorned with 87 decorative posts, each donated by an individual or organization in memory of deceased members of the Parish. The Memory Walk allows visitors to stroll the grounds and view the "In Memoriam" plaques attached to the posts, a piece of history in itself. These posts were also constructed gratis by Mr. Michael Flavin, Ben Sheppard, Alf Smith and Monte Drake. The Memory Walkway has recently being upgraded with concrete patio stones to further beautify the site.
In 2008, the Stations of the Cross were constructed on the grounds surrounding the Grotto by Mr. Lindsey Bennett, a Stonemason from Stephenville, assisted by Grotto volunteers, where visitors can now experience the "Way of the Cross." Walkways and benches allow visitors to visit the Stations and relax in comfort. A large statue of "Jesus the Redeemer" completes the site. Fresh flowers and shrubs abound everywhere and a few years ago a row of trees has been planted along the Memory Walk. A large "Arch", constructed of brick and wrought iron and designed by Reverend Terry Boland and Francie LeCointre, marking the entrance to the Grotto, was installed early July 2014 and blessed shortly thereafter in a ceremony by our then Pastor, Rev. Gerard Patry. Five "In Memoriam" granite benches have also been installed. In June of 2017, a statue of St. Francis of Assissi was also added to the site. The Grotto Committee are on the grounds daily over the Summer months to ensure that visitors to the site have the ultimate experience.
Over the years the Parish and its people have maintained a strong devotion to Our Lady. Our beautiful Grotto is testimony to this devotion and the site has become a place of solace and comfort for our Parishioners and the thousands of visitors to the site annually. With the support of parishioners and organizations alike, we anticipate that the site will continue to grow as a place of devotion and dedication of the people of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish as a whole.
Sylvia Smith (Chair) Cynthia Skinner
Grotto Brochure (English/Fench)
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"Saint Bernadette, Teach Us How to Love and Serve"
This page last modified on Saturday, October 15, 2016