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The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is Friday, 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 or 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.
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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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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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Mother's Day Remembrance
On Mother’s Day, we remember our mothers, grandmothers, daughters, and all the mother figures in our lives who love us without condition.  The Association has a new Mother’s Day card which includes a prayer for the one who receives it, a remembrance in the Association’s Mass on Mother’s Day, May 14, and during the month of May. Send me your petitions and the names of your loved ones to be remembered here at the Shrine. Read Fr. Kevin’s inspiring Mother’s Day message about the love our Blessed Mother has for each of us.
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Save the Date for the Association’s annual May Procession here on the shrine grounds on Sunday, May 7, 2017, beginning at 3:30 p.m., CDT.  We hope you will be able to join us in person for this spiritual event that acknowledges our dependence on God’s grace and Mary’s intercession. There will also be a May Procession held in Montebello, California, if that is more accessible for you. There, at the De Paul Evangelization Center, a bilingual Mass (English and Spanish) will begin at 12 p.m., PDT, followed by the procession and crowning.  As a way to join us in our prayers, we would like for you to send us your intentions to be carried in the May Procession which will represent your spiritual presence. For more details about the annual May Procession, read Fr. Kevin’s letter.
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You are invited to join the Association’s Lourdes Novena, February 11-19, in person or in spirit.  Send us your intentions now to be remembered.  Mary, under titles of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and Our Lady of Lourdes, is always ready to help her children. So many miracles at the healing pools of Lourdes, France, testify to the fact that Mary intercedes for us! 
St. Bernadette was wearing a Miraculous Medal when Mary, the Immaculate Conception, appeared to her in 1858. This close connection between Lourdes and the Miraculous Medal is why we celebrate an annual novena here at the National Shrine of the Miraculous Medal honoring Our Lady of Lourdes. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter with more information about the miracles at Lourdes.
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At the Association we pray you and your family shared a blessed and holy Christmas together, celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. With the approaching new year, take a quiet moment to give thanks for the blessings granted to you in 2016.  Ask Mary, the Mother of God, to continue to intercede on your behalf in 2017.  Send in your petitions now to be placed at our Lady’s Shrine for remembrance on January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. Start 2017 with the heavenly support of Mary, the Mother of God.  Let her nurture and protect you in the way she did her Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
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You are invited, in person or in spirit, to join our upcoming Miraculous Medal Novena, November 19-27. If you live near the Shrine, or you are able to make a pilgrimage here, a first-class relic of Saint Catherine Labouré will be on display at certain times throughout the novena for viewing and veneration. Use this link to see the times and other details.  Our Blessed Mother is waiting to hear your prayers. You are encouraged to wear our Lady’s Miraculous Medal not only during the Miraculous Medal Novena, but always as a sign of your love for Mary.
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Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows is one of Mary’s many honored titles.  It seems especially relevant because she knew and experienced sorrow as deeply and as painfully as anyone can.  She witnessed the 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!  I invite you to join us at our Blessed Mother’s Altar during the Our Lady of Sorrows Novena, beginning on September 7.  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. Read Fr. Kevin’s message about Our Lady of Sorrows.

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