The Shrine and surrounding grounds are open to the public every day from dawn to dusk.
See below for hours for Gift Shop and Grotto Cafe.
The Grotto Gift Shop (See Gift Shop Items in the Gallery section of this web site)
As of March 3rd, the Grotto Gift Shop will be open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30am to 4:30pm. On Sunday, the gift shop opens at 11:30 (after Mass) and closes at 4:30pm
The Grotto Gift Shop may be reached at 860-567-0891
The Grotto Gift Shop carries a selection of distinctive religious articles and books: rosaries, medals, crucifixes, statues, bibles, prayer books, and spirituality books. Gifts are available for Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Weddings and many other occasions. All purchases at the Grotto Gift Shop help to support the upkeep and the ministry at Lourdes in Litchfield.
During the pilgrimage season, from May through October, the Grotto Café is open from Wednesday through Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Café serves homemade soups and quiches, a variety of freshly made sandwiches and grilled items, home baked sweets and deserts. For groups there is the possibility of a choice of a catered meal from a delicious menu.
A Day of Prayer and Pilgrimage:
The stone Grotto of Lourdes is modeled after the place in France where, in 1858, a young peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous, had an experience of the Mother of God appearing to her with a message of hope and encouragement. Through Bernadette, Mary called us to pray and to allow the grace of God to transform us. Over the years, Lourdes in France has developed into a place of prayer and pilgrimage. In a similar way, Lourdes in Litchfield has become a place where each year thousands come on pilgrimage.
People are welcome to visit or make a pilgrimage to Lourdes in Litchfield as individuals, families, and with a group. Groups can arrange to spend a pilgrimage day at the Grotto. Contact the Shrine Office (860) 567-1041 or Lourdesshrinect@gmail.com at least one month in advance to reserve a date for your group.
A full pilgrimage day runs from approximately 10:30a.m. until 4:00p.m. This is a time for prayer and reflection that focuses on our call to live out the commitment of our Baptism. The day includes Mass, time for lunch and relaxation, the Stations of the Cross, and Marian Prayer with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Your group may choose to have a catered meal prepared for you, or to buy items at the Grotto Café or to bring a picnic lunch.
Other Facilities at Lourdes in Litchfield Grotto Chapel: In the event of rain, and during the winter months, Mass and Marian Prayer with Benediction take place in this simple, rustic chapel.
Pilgrim Hall: The Grotto Café and the Gift Shop, as well as rest rooms, are located in Pilgrim Hall.
Picnic Area: A picnic area with tables is located next to the stream for the convenience of pilgrims and visitors.
Parking Facilities: Ample free parking for cars and buses is available for individuals and for group pilgrimages. Persons with disabilities may park closer to the Grotto. Those who have difficulty walking are encouraged to bring a wheelchair.