What is a missionary? It is St. John the Baptist speaking to our souls to convert and make straight the ways of the Lord. Why did Our Lord need a precursor... a St. John the Baptist? St. Ephrem (d. 373) gives an insight into the reason for this in his commentary on Genesis. He explains that after Adam had sinned, God wanted Adam to come to Him and repent. To make this possible, God gave Adam and his descendants an angel to prepare His way...
“All both men and women with devout mind offered gifts,
that the works might be done which the Lord had commanded
by the hand of Moses. All the children of Israel
dedicated voluntary offerings to the Lord” (Exodus 35:29).
The Dean of Lourdes, Abbe Peyramale, to St Bernadette:
“Ask the Lady Her name once more, and when we know Her name,
we will build Her a chapel. And it won’t be a little one, I tell you;
it will be a very big one.”
Our Lady of Lourdes Responds
Many have expressed concerns about the building of our Grotto as a place of prayer.
We have listened to these and provided answers here.Our Lady of Lourdes Responds.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.5 MB]
The Grotto is addressed again at the 1:49:50 minute mark of the May 22 Park Hills City Council Meeting...
The discussion is continued here until the 26:30 minute mark ...
Help us build a Grotto for Our Lady...
A cave of refreshment in dark times.
of Lourdes needs a Niche in the Wall
Due to the generosity of many benefactors, we have purchased
(the mortgage for the church building was retired on Feb 9) and refurbished a beautiful church under the patronage of Our Lady of Lourdes. Although there are still many things to be done in the church (e.g., restoring most of the stained
glass windows, restoring the bell tower and bells, and refurbishing the kitchen), we now need to build the Blessed Mother of God a special cave or grotto that will call to mind that sacred apparition
site in Lourdes, France. For how can one have a church dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes without a Grotto? What a blessing it would be for future parishioners and passersby if they could pray not only
in our chapel before the Tabernacle, but also visit an outdoor shrine with a niche for Our Lady... a sort of tabernacle on earth for the Blessed Mother. Thus, we have initiated the first phase of a
new capital campaign to serve three ends: building the Grotto, to help us finish the work in the church as well as pay off and develop our new property (at 1111-1113 Amsterdam Road) to improve
parking and provide additional housing for the Missionaries. If you want your donation to be used for the Grotto only, please indicate that along with the donation (e.g., writing "Grotto" in the memo
line). Help Us Give Honor to the Highest Honor of Our Race.