Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
St. Agnes parish has a shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes. It is a grotto similar to the original in France that was built by dedicated parishioners with vision and determination. The shrine can be a place for those in need of healing or who may need a place to meditate or pray quietly at the statue of St. Mary for their own health or that of others dear to them. The grotto complements the sanctuary-like, rejuvenating atmosphere of St. Agnes.
HISTORY: In 1858, in the grotto of Massabielle, near Lourdes in southern France, Our Lady appeared 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous, a young peasant girl. She revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception, asked that a chapel be built on the site of the vision, and told the girl to drink from a fountain in the grotto. No fountain was to be seen, but when Bernadette dug at a spot designated by the apparition, a spring began to flow. The water from this still flowing spring has shown remarkable healing power, though it contains no curative property that science can identify. Lourdes has become the most famous modern shrine of Our Lady.
You can learn many more facinating facts on the official web site: http://en.lourdes-france.org/