As we head into the Christmas Season 2005 searching for those special gifts to
buy the people on our list who have everything, the Grotto of Lourdes
Shrine Redevelopment Project may have come up with an excellent idea for
you to consider.
Marina Lamoureux, shown above in front of her display at
the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre, is holding a “Personal Family
Stepping Stone” which will be one of hundreds lining the walkway leading
from the lighted cross on the hill at the shrine to the Stations of the
Cross in the center of the site which was first erected in 1907.
entrance to the Grotto is just off
Van Horne Street
. It is situated on a hill which has one of the most spectacular views of
the city that you will ever find and once the Redevelopment Project is
complete in time for the celebration of the Centennial in 2007, it will
become one of the most popular attractions in the entire region.
“Personal Family Stepping Stones” are available for a donation of
$100. You can have up to 25 letters carved in the 12 inch square stone and
if you need more, it will only cost $2 per letter after that. Most people
are putting their family names on the stones as a lasting monument that
will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people who visit the site over
the next several decades.
are purchasing the stones in memory of loved ones who have passed away.
The most beautiful thing about the stones is that they are not only a
lasting gift, but something that will be viewed as a very personal
expression of love.