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Read Our Winter Bulletin
In the 2017 Winter Bulletin, Father Kevin shares a summary and reflection on Pope Francis’ message given at the Vincentian Family Symposium in Rome in October. Don talks about the twists and turns in life we all go through, while Fr. Ramson invites all of us to bring one new person into one of the branches of the Vincentian tree. You will also read about the Association’s 100th anniversary which will be celebrated in 2018 and you will find information about the Association’s 2018 pilgrimage to France and Switzerland which ties into our anniversary. A new Votive Light card for the Christmas season and bleak winter months is featured as is our financial accountability report for 2017. To learn more about the ways you can give a Year-End gift to the Association, be sure to read the Winter Bulletin.
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Our Blessed Mother was conceived without sin, a fact we celebrate annually on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. By God’s grace, Mary kept her heart immaculate – free of sin and full of love for God. Here at our Lady’s Shrine, we honor Mary’s holy innocence by celebrating the Immaculate Conception Novena beginning on Friday, December 8. Send your petitions to our Lady’s Shrine today to have them remembered during the Immaculate Conception Novena.  Burn Votive Lights as a sign of your prayer. To learn more about Mary’s Immaculate Conception and its meaning for us, read Fr. Kevin’s letter.
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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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Saint John Paul II said that, “the future of humanity passes by way of the family, and it is therefore indispensable and urgent that every person of good will should endeavor to save and foster the values and requirements of the family.”  As a way to help in this most important endeavor, I invite you to send your family petitions to the Shrine for remembrance. Ask our Lady to intercede with her Son for a family in need. Send our new Family Prayer Remembrance Certificate to the family for whom you are praying. Your care, whether it’s during a joyous phase of life or a difficult time, will be a sign of Mary’s care. Read what Fr. Kevin has to say about the importance of family prayer. 
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Read Our Fall Bulletin
In the fall issue of the Miraculous Medal Bulletin, Fr. Kevin talks about St. Vincent de Paul’s true calling of ministering to the poor and the connection between St Vincent, his Congregation of the Mission, St. Catherine Labouré, and the Association of the Miraculous Medal. Don’s article talks about planting the seeds of faith – then and now. Fr. Ron Ramson introduces new martyrs who will be publicly recognized on November 11, 2017, Daughter of Charity, Sister Carol Schumer, talks about her mother’s devotion to our Blessed Mother and the impact it’s had in her own life, and Fr. Ron Hoye shares a heartwarming story about a prisoner finding Christ through the Catholic Home Study courses. In this issue you will also find your personal invitation to attend our 2018 pilgrimage to France and Switzerland. Read the 2017 Fall Bulletin for these articles and more, and find new gifts in our 2017 Fall Gift Brochure.                
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Here at our Lady’s Association, we know well the encouraging power of a beautiful, personal note sent with love. This is why we continue our long tradition of sharing Christmas cards for you to send as spiritual gifts to relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone else in need of God’s loving grace. This year we are excited to offer three new designs. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter about the power of sending cards to loved ones, especially during the Christmas season. Any intentions you send us will be placed at our Lady’s Shrine for remembrance in the Christmas Octave beginning on Christmas Day and ending on January 1. Request your Christmas cards today and send us your intentions.
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In the years since the Miraculous Medal was first struck, Mary has touched the lives of hundreds of millions who have worn her medal and trusted in her intercession. The Association here in Perryville, Missouri, continues this mission by bringing people to Jesus through our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.  Allow the Association to pray with you. Send your petitions for remembrance in our annual Miraculous Medal Novena, November 18-26, and request Votive Lights to burn.  Read more about how Mary is waiting to hear from you. To help you remember to pray and ask for God’s graces, request your 15-month Miraculous Medal Planner for 2018-2019. As you write your own scheduled dates and events, it will remind you that Mary brings Jesus to you every day of your life!
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November All Souls Remembrance
At the Shrine of our Lady in Perryville, we will pray for your deceased relatives and friends throughout the month of November. On All Souls Day, November 2, we will celebrate Mass for those you wish to remember. Send me their names so they can be placed near Mary’s Shrine for All Souls Day, and if you also give us their anniversary dates, we will remember your loved ones at the appropriate time in the coming year. You can also burn Votive Lights for your departed loved ones as a visible reminder of your prayers for them. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter about the time-honored tradition of commemorating the faithful departed on All Souls Day.
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Photos from the Rome Symposium
In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of our Vincentian charism, over 11,000 members of the International Vincentian Family gathered in Rome on October 12 for 4 days of meetings and worship.  The highlight was a Papal Audience on October 14, 2017.   The Pope spoke about our charities being born of the tenderness and compassion of St. Vincent for the poor and marginalized.  Six staff members of the Association of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, Missouri, were blessed to attend this special event.

Click here to view photos from the event.
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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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