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Do you remember reciting the Guardian Angel prayer as a child or to your children? As our students, teachers, and staff members return for a new school year, let us remember that in his love, God really does commit each one of his children to the spiritual protection of a guardian angel. The Association has a new Guardian Angel Back to School Votive Light card to let a loved one know you are praying for them. If you know someone returning to school – a child, teenager, adult, teacher, or staff member, please send me their names so they may be included in the prayers and Masses offered at our Lady’s Shrine for the entire school year.  You might also want to give those returning to school their very own Miraculous Medal attached to a lobster-claw clasp. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter about returning to school.

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The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is Saturday, September 8. The Association of the Miraculous Medal has a beautiful tradition of remembering Mary’s birthday each year. Beginning on September 8, and lasting for eight days, an octave of prayer will be offered at our Lady’s Shrine.  Send me your petitions to be remembered here at the Shrine during this special octave of prayer honoring our Blessed Mother and burn Votive Lights for family and friends. Mary loves us beyond our greatest imagination, and so as our heavenly Mother and the Mother of God, her prayer is truly miraculous. When we offer her our united petitions, Jesus hears and answers them. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter about Mary’s birthday.
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“My child, the good God wishes to charge you with a mission.”  On July 18, 1830, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal spoke these words to Sister Catherine Labouré, a novice of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, France. As we celebrate the 188th anniversary of Mary’s apparition to Saint Catherine, let us remember we, too, are Mary’s children. God wishes to charge us with the same mission of sharing his loving goodness with others. I invite you to send your petitions and burn a Votive Light at our Lady’s Altar, asking our Blessed Mother to obtain God’s graces for you, your family, and the entire world. They will be remembered in the Mass and prayers offered at the Shrine on July 18, the anniversary date.  Thank you for following Saint Catherine’s example and boldly accepting God’s mission given to us by our Lady.
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Beginning Monday, August 6, at 8:00 a.m., CT, we will honor our Blessed Mother here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal with a very special Assumption Novena of Masses. On each of these nine days we will celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in devotion to Mary, asking her to obtain for us God’s infinite graces. Please send me any special prayer intentions you have. We will place them at our Lady’s Altar and remember them in the nine Assumption Masses we celebrate, including the Solemnity Mass on August 15. You may also wish to burn a Votive Light at the Shrine as an expression of your desire to honor Mary and seek her intercession. Read Fr. Kevin’s Assumption message to learn more about the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Solemnity of the Assumption provides us with a wonderful opportunity to honor Mary, glorious in heaven, always interceding for us!
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June 21 is the first official day of summer. On behalf of everyone here at our Lady’s National Shrine in Perryville, Missouri, I want to wish you and your loved ones a grace-filled travel season. Please send me the names of your loved ones who will be traveling this summer and I will place them at our Lady’s Altar for remembrance in the Masses and prayers offered there. If you’re looking for a meaningful, travel-related gift for yourself or someone else in need of Mary’s miraculous intercession, be sure to view this Guardian Angel and Our Lady of Grace Auto Visor Clip and our new custom Key Ring with the Shrine image.  As you and/or your loved ones make final summer travel plans, I invite you to consider visiting the newly renovated Church and grounds here at our Lady’s Shrine. Our new Rosary Walk is now open and is truly breathtaking. Make sure to view our weekly updated photo gallery of renovation progress!
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Fathers teach. They provide, guard, and protect. And most importantly, they love!  Join us in praying for dads, granddads, godfathers, step-fathers, foster fathers, and all men shouldering the awesome responsibility of fatherhood. Send me the names of your father figures, along with your special prayer intentions to be included in our special Father’s Day Mass here at our Lady’s National Shrine on June 17.  As a sign of your prayerful devotion, you can also burn a Votive Light in their honor or memory.  Your loved ones and intentions will also be remembered throughout the month of June.
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In the summer issue of the Miraculous Medal Bulletin you will find articles about devotion to the Miraculous Medal from Sr. Germain, who has been a Daughter of Charity for 60 years, and from Bella Davila, who will begin her pre-postulancy with the Daughters of Charity in September. Father Thomas Hinni, C.M. writes about “prayer on the run” which all of us can apply on a daily basis. An invitation to attend a special Mass on October 14 is included along with more pictures of the many renovation projects in the Church and on the grounds. You will also find our new Angel Votive Light Thinking of You Card that can be ordered along with our three 100th Anniversary rosaries.  We hope you will take time to read these articles in the 2018 Summer Bulletin along with Fr. Kevin’s own article on prayer and Don’s message “Just Listen.”

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Send your petitions and burn Votive Lights at our Lady’s National Shrine here in Perryville, Missouri, for the Mother of Divine Grace Novena, beginning June 12 and lasting nine days. Let our Blessed Mother intercede for you with her loving Son. Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal told Saint Catherine Labouré, “Come to the foot of the altar. Graces will be shed on all, great and little, especially upon those who ask for them.”  Our Lady is the Mother of Divine Grace, and she is inviting you to bring your needs and petitions to the foot of her altar.  I also invite you to say this prayer to our Lady throughout the nine days of this novena.
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You are invited to journey with Fr. Kevin McCracken and other members of our Lady’s Association to France, May 18 – 26, 2019, with an option to extend your trip to Lourdes for three additional days. Start with a visit to the Chapel where the story of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal began and travel through the French countryside and beaches while praying for healing and hope with new friends. Highlights of this trip will be the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Basilica of St. Therese Lisieux, Normandy Beaches, Sainte Mere Eglise, Rouen, Caen, Carentan, and then Lourdes if you decide to extend your journey. To receive a full color itinerary brochure or for more details, call our office at 1-800-264-MARY(6279) or click here. You may also download a printable copy by clicking here. Space is limited so don’t delay in signing up!  We look forward to seeing you on this pilgrimage.

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The Twelve Stars of Mary Monthly Giving Club is a convenient, once-a-month giving plan that allows you to support the Association’s mission in the most cost effective way.  By automating your gift through a monthly checking or credit card payment, you help lower administrative costs and allow your contribution to go even further. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter for more information. Start your once-a-month giving plan today! 
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