Prayer and rosary to be held tonight at Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes in Lowell, MA. This full-size replica of the Lourdes, France grotto was built in 1911. Jack Kerouac describes going to the Lowell grotto with his deeply religious mother when he was a young boy. Pope Benedict visited the Lourdes Grotto in France earlier this month, which celebrated its 150th anniversary of the appearance of the Virgin Mary to the peasant girl Bernadette. The Pope celebrated an open air mass for the sick and afflicted on the final day of his four-day visit which attracted 150,000 people. Back to Lowell's program this evening:
"LOWELL -- In conjunction with its 100th anniversary, the Franco American School, 357 Pawtucket St., will conduct an evening of prayer tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, located behind the school. The service marks the 150th anniversary of the Blessed Mother's apparition to St. Bernadette in Lourdes, France. Bring a rosary and a lawn chair. In case of rain, the service will be held in the school chapel."
The Grotto was built in the grounds of an orphanage built for French children, which was in use until 1963.
"The goal was to give the poor orphans an idea of their heavenly mother, while forgetting as much as possible that they no longer had one here on earth."
Tonight is the second in a monthly novena being held there. Good pics of the Lowell grotto here.