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Dear Fellow Pilgrim,

It is my great privilege to invite you to join our spring pilgrimage to France and Switzerland. In 2018, the Vincentians are celebrating their 200th Anniversary of arrival in Perryville, Missouri, and the Association of the Miraculous Medal is celebrating our 100th Anniversary with an inspiring pilgrimage to the lovely Chapel of the Motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity, in Paris, where Our Blessed Mother appeared to St. Catherine Laboure. This beautiful chapel continues to be the center of devotion to our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. We will have ample time to pray in this sacred place during our stay in the City of Light. In Paris, we will also visit the Chapel of the Vincentian Motherhouse where the remains of St. Vincent de Paul are enshrined, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, as well as other sacred and historic sites.

In addition, those who wish will have the option of joining Fr. John Rybolt, C.M., internationally known Vincentian historian and author, and me on a visit of Vincentian Family sites in Paris, including sites associated with St. Vincent, St. Louise de Marillac, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and Blessed Rosalie Rendu. Fr. Rybolt will be with us throughout our pilgrimage helping us to understand and appreciate the Vincentian charism.

Departing Paris, we will visit the Laboure farmhouse where St. Catherine was born, beautiful Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne where St. Vincent founded the first Confraternity of Charity, and Lyon where Blessed Frederic lived as a young boy and where he was married. On our way to Switzerland, we will visit the alpine town of Annecy to pray at the tombs of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantal who were closely associated with St. Vincent.

Finally, we conclude our pilgrimage in the wonderful city of Geneva.

To request a full color itinerary, call 1.800.264.6279 or 
click here to download a printable copy and join us as we journey to the heart of devotion to our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and grow in our understanding of the charism of St. Vincent de Paul.

To Jesus through Mary,
Fr. Kevin, C.M.
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If someone close to you is grieving the loss of a loved one, I invite you to send them our new Memorial Remembrance Certificate, and send me the name of the deceased person so he or she can be remembered in the prayers and daily Mass here at the Shrine for one year. You might also want to burn a Votive Light. Through your kindness, Mary, Our Lady of Peace and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, will intercede for them with her Son Jesus. Read more about the love and comfort Jesus and his Blessed Mother have for us in Fr. Kevin’s letter.
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I invite you to join us at our Blessed Mother’s Altar during the Our Lady of Sorrows Novena, beginning on September 6. Send us your petitions to be placed near Mary’s Altar, and burn Votive Lights for your intentions. For each of the nine days of the novena, say this prayer. Mary is Our Lady of Sorrows.  She carries this honored title because she knows and experiences sorrow as deeply and as painfully as anyone possibly can. She witness the excruciating passion and crucifixion of her only Son, unable to help him…except by her prayers. This is how our Lady helps us today, and she is waiting to help you now!  Read Fr. Kevin’s message about Our Lady of Sorrows.
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Summer break is almost over. Students and educators throughout the country will soon be returning to school. 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.  Send your loved ones our new “Back to School” Votive Light card to let them know you are praying for them. You might also want to give returning students and teachers their very own Miraculous Medal attached to a lobster-claw clasp.  Read Fr. Kevin’s letter about returning to school and the quest for truth and knowledge through Jesus and his Blessed Mother.
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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 187th 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 on July 18, the anniversary date, at the Apostle of Charity Chapel.  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 7, at 8:00 a.m., CDT, 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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In the summer issue of the Miraculous Medal Bulletin, Fr. Kevin talks about Christ inviting us to “welcome” the stranger like Saint Vincent de Paul did. The image of the modern stranger may be different from Saint Vincent’s time, but the stranger’s condition has not changed. Don’s article compares the ‘weeds of life’ to the weeds in our yard. Both Fr. Ron Ramson and a Daughter of Charity talk about their personal experiences following the Vincentian charism. In this issue you will also find highlights from both the Perryville and Montebello May Processions, and highlights from the Association’s pilgrimage to Portugal and Spain. Read the Summer Bulletin for these articles and more.
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The Miraculous Medal 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 donation to go even further. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter for more information. Start your once-a-month giving plan today! 
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Here at our Lady’s Shrine we will celebrate a very important holy day, the Solemnity of the Ascension, on Sunday, May 28, with Mass at 11:00 a.m., CDT. The Ascension is a core belief of our Catholic faith, and we affirm this every Sunday or anytime we profess the Nicene or Apostles’ Creed. I invite you to send your prayer requests and to burn Votive Lights in celebration of our Lord’s Ascension. Christ is calling for you, for me, and for every soul ever conceived. When you send your intentions to our Lady’s Shrine, our Blessed Mother will bring your requests to her Son and he will help you.
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The best gifts are those that express God’s love. One such gift from our Lady’s Association is a Perpetual Membership. It’s an ongoing share in the spiritual benefits of Masses and prayers offered here at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. It’s a gift suitable for any occasion—a birth, Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, wedding, anniversary, graduation, memorial, or as a gesture of thanks. Read more about our Perpetual Memberships and the spiritual benefits bestowed upon those enrolled.  
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