Mass returned to The Grotto’s Chapel of Mary April 11. The much-beloved church went through a three-month restoration of murals, painting, floor repair and fixing of pews that have held worshippers since 1954. The sound system and lighting got upgrades and workers stabilized the church tower and patched water damage.

The Servite friars kept daily Mass going during the closure, livestreaming the liturgy from their monastery in the sanctuary’s upper gardens.

The Chapel of Mary, one of the most visited Catholic churches in Oregon, typically welcomes almost 120,000 worshippers in a normal year. Grotto leaders decided it would be good to do the work during the pandemic, when fewer faithful are allowed in churches.

The chapel is still under capacity guidelines and can have only 80 registered people per Mass. Social distancing is required, and masks must be properly worn the entire length of Mass.

Daily Mass starts at noon Monday-Saturday and Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.