In this year of the centenary of Our Lady of Fatima, Gethsemane Ministries would like to honour our Blessed Mother by installing a Grotto with a life-size statue of our Lady of Fatima on the front lawn of the Gethsemane Centre in Wellandport.

Gethsemane Ministries is seeking your help to set up this Grotto and increase devotion to Our Blessed Mother. This will be a place of prayer and veneration of Mother Mary, seeking her intercession. We believe that this Grotto will be a step forward in the journey to God, with Mary as the model. As St. Maximilian Kolbe once said - "Prayer is powerful beyond limits when we turn to the Immaculata who is queen even of God's heart." May we always remember to turn to our Blessed Mother who is our shelter, comforter and guiding star in time of need. "In imploring Our Lady's help ... we welcome with joy and enthusiasm the joys of discipleship in the work of the New Evangelization" (The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops –CCCB, April 28, 2017). The CCCB also informed that, “The Bishops of Canada are invited to consecrate the country to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary as part of the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation”.

Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, Bishop of St. Catharines Diocese, will bless and dedicate the Grotto on Saturday July 15, 2017. The day will begin with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to pray for the intentions of our benefactors and donors. The Diocese of St. Catharines has dedicated 2017 as the Year of the Rosary. We will pray the first Rosary at the Grotto for peace in our families and in the world.

Our mission and work at Gethsemane Ministries is made possible solely through the generosity of our donors. We know that we can count on your support to help us financially and/or to spread the word about this fundraising initiative.

FAQs for Our Lady of Fatima Grotto

What is Gethsemane Ministries about?

  1. Gethsemane Ministries is a registered charitable organization with the mission of Evangelization. The activities of the Ministry include preaching the Word of God, conducting retreats and seminars in Toronto and Wellandport for youth and adults, on a regular basis.
  2. We solely operate on generous donations. The Centre is a testament to the sacrificial giving and generosity of our donors.
  3. Charity Registration No. 82825 5547 RR0001

Where will the Grotto be located?

  • The Grotto, with a life-size statue of our Lady of Fatima will be located on the front lawn of the Gethsemane Centre in Wellandport.

Why are we building this Grotto?

  • The goal of this project is simple – to spread devotion to our Blessed Mother and to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Fatima.

What is the total cost of this project?

  • The total cost of the project is estimated at $65,000. The funds would go towards building a custom-made stone cave around a life-size statue of our Lady of Fatima, lighting for the Grotto and paving a walkway to and around the Grotto.

What kind of donor recognition does Gethsemane offer?

  • We appreciate and are thankful for any amount of donation. Donors are assured of our continued prayers and may God who is faithful and never outdone in generosity, bless and reward you and your loved ones abundantly.

When is the Blessing Ceremony?

  • The Blessing of the Grotto will be on July 15th, 2017 by Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, Bishop of St. Catharines Diocese. This will also commemorate the second anniversary of the Gethsemane Centre.

I don’t have a PayPal account! Can I still make a donation online?

  • Though our donations are processed through PayPal, you do not need a PayPal account to make a donation. Simply select the option that allows you to pay with your credit or debit card. If you would like to make a donation over the phone, call us at (905) 386-1111.