Assumption Chapel

Cold Spring, MN

The Assumption Chapel on Grasshopper Hill is open.

Outdoor weddings for Catholics are now available. 

Call 320-204-1111 for more information.

The following dates and times are for 2022

May

Thursday's in May - 7 PM Rosary with 7:30 PM Mass
May 28 Begin Saturday Masses at 7:00 PM

June

Thursday's in June - 7:00 PM Rosary with 7:30 PM Mass
4th    Mass at 7:00 PM
11th  Mass at 7:00 PM
18th  Mass at 7:00 PM
25rd  Mass at 7:00 PM

July

2nd   Mass at 7:00 PM

9th   Mass at 7:00 PM

14th  Traditional Mass of Thanksgiving   7:00 PM Rosary, 7:30 PM Mass

16th  No Mass--Outdoor Mass in Richmond at 4 PM

23rd  Mass at 7:00 PM to be held at Saint Boniface Church (Firefest)

30th  Mass at 7:00 PM

 

August

6th    No Mass--Mass in Jacobs Prairie at 7:30 PM

13th  Feast of the Assumption Mass at 7:00 PM 

20th  No Mass--Outdoor Mass in Cold Spring at 5:00 PM

27th  Mass at 7:00 PM

 

September

3rd   Mass at 7:00 PM; last Mass of the summer 

8th   Nativity of Mary Rosary only TBD  

HISTORY

Overlooking the town of Cold Spring, the Assumption Chapel is nestled among the towering trees. Each year, thousands of people revel in the tranquility, beauty, and mystique of the grounds. The history of the Assumption Chapel is legendary. It is the story of townspeople gathering together in efforts to rid the area of grasshoppers that were destroying farmers’ valuable crops.

The invasion happened within the course of 24 hours. One day the grain crops promised a bountiful harvest. By the next afternoon, they were blanketed by millions of Rocky Mountain grasshoppers. Farmers made every effort to stop the swarming insects but to no avail. The crops were destroyed, and, even worse, the grasshoppers honeycombed the countryside with eggs that would hatch next spring. Minnesota’s governor proclaimed April 26, 1877, a day of prayer, and throughout the next few months, the people of the Cold Spring area continued to pray. They vowed that if the Blessed Virgin would rid them of the grasshoppers, they would build a chapel and offer prayers to her for the next fifteen years. Construction of the chapel was the idea of Rev. Leo Winter, O.S.B., during the summer of 1876-1877.

The next day, the grasshoppers were gone. The people kept their promise and built the chapel on a hill halfway between the parish in Jacobs Prairie and the mission in Saint Nicholas. However, the first structure of the Assumption Chapel was made of wood and a tornado in 1894 destroyed the chapel. Not until 1951 was the chapel reconstructed by Father Victor Ronellenfitsch, O.S.B., and the parishioners of the Church of Saint Boniface. Granite was donated for the structure in addition to other supplies, and the Assumption Grasshopper Chapel remains in existence today.

Assumption Chapel is located in Cold Spring off of State Highway 23 and Chapel Hill Street, just off of Pilgrimage Road. A pamphlet detailing "The story of Mary and the Grasshoppers", written by Robert J. Voigt, is available at the chapel and at the Parish Office of the Church of Saint Boniface for a donation of $3.00.