Our Lady of Lourdes (OLL) and St. James Parishes merged into one parish family in October of 2017. As part of the merger, pastoral leadership felt that it was important to incorporate some of the meaningful symbols of OLL into the newly formed parish family, Our Lady of Hope, located at the St. James site. After careful consideration, the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at Our Lady of Hope was formed.
On July 27, 2019, the statue of Mary, which was on the entryway roof at OLL, was relocated to become the central focal point of the Grotto. The bell tower at OLL, which was donated by H.A McMahon (Doc) and Robert (Bob) Morrissey the 2 original trustees of the parish and was added to the grounds when the church was built in 1969, was also relocated to be part of the Grotto.