Pilgrimage to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Fraser River Heritage Park

7494 mary st., mission, bc


About the Event

St. Joseph’s Parish, Mission invites you to the historic Fraser River Heritage Park to celebrate the Holy Eucharist in honour of Our Lady at 1:00 PM.  The main celebrant will be the Very Rev. Fr. Gary Franken, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Vancouver.  Confessions will be heard on-site starting at 10:00 AM.  After the Mass, there will be a procession to the Grotto where the Rosary will be prayed, followed by the Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.  The event will conclude with a picnic and fellowship.  Please bring your picnic baskets and chairs. Do not use charcoal briquettes, only propane can be used as per order of the Mission Parks Board. For bus service information, please contact 604.329.8710 or 604.940.6711, or email: info@aquinasinstitute.ca

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the revival of the Pilgrimage. Thanks to Fr. John Tritschler, the pilgrimage was revived on August 15, 1987. Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Parish in Mission and some 400 people walked towards the Grotto. The pilgrimage evolved and grew over the years to become the largest outdoor Archdiocesan event. Join us as we celebrate 35 years of giving powerful testimony to our love of Mary and her son, Jesus.


Fraser River Heritage Park

August 20, 2022


10:00 AM


1:00 PM

Celebration of the Eucharist
Main Celebrant: Very Rev. Fr. Gary Franken Vicar General, Archdiocese of Vancouver

2:30 PM

Procession to the Grotto
Rosary and Benediction

4:00 PM

Picnic and Fellowship

our lady of lourdes mission grotto statue


For bus service information regarding cost, reservations, and departure times, please contact the bus coordinator in your local parish.

You can also contact 604.329.8710 or 604.940.6711, or email: info@aquinasinstitute.ca

Registration is FREE for everyone wanting to join the pilgrimage event. By RSVPing, you are helping the organizers plan for a smoother event, parking, etc.

Parking is free. Please use the upper gate to enter the park (Mary St/5th Avenue). There will be designated parking attendants on-site to assist you. 
Thank you for your cooperation and for parking in the designated areas. 

Please bring your picnic baskets and chairs. Do not use charcoal briquettes, only propane can be used as per order of the Mission Parks Board.

Yes, Oh My Gado food truck has confirmed to be at the event. Within the park, Blackberry Kitchen restaurant is a great option too (check opening hours).

Kindly put away your garbage and take home your recycling for disposal. This keeps our parks clean and our nature – garbage free. Thank you.

Mass will be celebrated at the Fraser River Heritage Park and the altar will be located on the “main stage” (close to the confession area). 
The gazebo (where we used to gather around for the mass) was damaged and it’s been decommissioned at this time.

Yes, you can send your donation through Interac eTransfer. Click here to donate.

St. Joseph’s Parish, Mission BC—604.425.0392

Aquinas Institute, Vancouver, BC—604.329.8635 or info@aquinasinstitute.ca


Join the Pilgrimage

Registration is free and will help the organizers plan for a smoother event.



Donations for the Grotto

Support the upkeep of the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Mission. All donations go directly to the maintenance and security of the shrine.

How to send your donations through e-Transfer

1. Log into your online banking app and select the account.
2. Add the recipient’s email: support@missiongrotto.com
3. Enter the amount, and indicate your Email Address in the message box (for tax receipt)

Note: All e-Transfers go through the Grotto’s officer, J. Ethier. Donations of $20.00 or more will get a donation receipt emailed from St. Joseph’s Parish, Mission, BC.