If you’re a devout Catholic, chances are you would consider visiting the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine in San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan.
The structure is a near-replica of the famous Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. This edifice actually has two churches – upper and lower.
I have known for a long time about the Grotto of San Jose Del Monte because of the jeeps and buses that have destination placards mentioning “Grotto.” But it was only around 3 weeks ago that I reached the shrine’s vicinity for the first time.
Massive as it may be, the shrine is actually unfinished. The lower church, which I visited, still had some steel bars exposed. Aside from that, it had a box asking for donations.
While observing the church and its surroundings, I felt that something was lacking or that there was a catch to it. A few days later, my mom told me that it wasn’t a Catholic shrine!
And in recent days, I saw an advisory in my social media feed from a Catholic parish in Marikina, saying that the shrine isn’t Catholic, but Aglipayan.
Later on, an official advisory from the Diocese of Malolos (which covers Bulacan) issued in 2004 popped on my feed.
Well, now that we know, it’s up to you to decide if you still wish to pay a visit there this Holy Week. We’re not saying you should or should not go to this shrine. In matters of the spirit, it’s best to let your faith and your conscience be your guide.