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SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
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If you park on the south side of the church when you come to Sunday Mass, you may not even be aware of our grotto garden. The grotto and its gardens are several years old now.
The grotto itself is a shrine to Our Blessed Mother as she appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous as Our Lady of Lourdes. Bernadette is the smaller statue in our grotto on the ground. She was a 14-year-old peasant girl when Mary appeared to her at the grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes, France, in 1858. Bernadette did not know who the lady was, but when pressured by the local clergy, she asked the beautiful lady to tell who she was. When asked, the apparition identified herself with the following statement, ”I am the Immaculate Conception.” Bernadette had no idea what this meant as the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception had only been defined by Pope Pius IX four years earlier, but when Bernadette told the local clergy what the lady had said, it became evident to them that the Blessed Virgin Mary had come to affirm the Pope’s proclamation of the dogma of her Immaculate Conception. A stream appeared at the grotto where none had been before and the water of Lourdes has been known to have healing powers. Our fountain represents this water feature.
December 8 is the celebration of the feast honoring Mary as the only human preserved from all stain of original sin from the moment of her conception. Bernadette Soubirous was canonized a saint on Dec. 8, 1933. This is a fitting and most appropriate shrine to have on the grounds of Immaculate Conception Church.
The design of the grotto has other elements besides the grotto itself. There is a memorial to the Holy Innocents which is to remember all those babies who have died as a result of miscarriage or abortion. There is also a bench area at the back of the grotto with a crucifix allowing yet another area for prayer.
The garden was designed to be a quiet retreat from the noise and hassle of the everyday world-a place of peace and solitude where group prayer as well as individual prayer can be enhanced by the presence of God’s creation. The color, smells, and sounds of the grotto as well as the flowers, birds and butterflies make it a wonderful place to pray or to just sit in silence and listen to God.
Take time after mass or during the week to visit the grotto and see for yourself.
Those who work in the grotto hope it continues to be a place where all can go for a peaceful moment. Thanks to Jim Landewe for building several bird feeders, to Monsignor Orf for his pruning expertise, and to all those who have helped and continue to help in any way.
3555 South Fremont, Springfield, Missouri 65804 • 417.887.0600