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In the spring issue of the Miraculous Medal Bulletin, Fr. Kevin talks about the three verbs, “to pray, to welcome, and to go,” as ways to deepen one’s Christian spirituality, especially during this season of Lent.  Don writes about using life’s lessons during Lent to live each day full of vim and vigor. In Fr. Ramson’s article he encourages us to open our hearts to the suffering of others, especially refugees. An invitation to our annual May Procession is also included in this issue of the Bulletin along with an invitation to attend the Association’s pilgrimage to Oberammergau in 2020. We hope you will take time to read these articles and others in the 2018 Spring Bulletin. Gifts in our 2018 Spring Gift Brochure are now available for request. Look for the new items as well as the other religious items suitable for First Communion, Confirmation, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day.
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Save the Date for the Association’s annual May Procession here on the shrine grounds Sunday, May 6, 2018. This year the procession will begin at 1:00 p.m., CT, instead of 3:30. Our new Rosary Walk will be used for the first time on this day so 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. 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. For more details about the annual May Procession, read Fr. Kevin’s letter. 
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When life presents us with a memorable occasion like Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, weddings, and anniversaries, we look for ways to preserve the memory and honor the friends and family we love. The passing of a loved one is also an occasion to celebrate life and comfort those in sorrow. If you are looking for a gift that is truly fitting for these occasions, the Association recommends a Perpetual Membership. It’s an ongoing share in the spiritual benefits of Masses and prayers offered here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal for the living or deceased. Read more about our Perpetual Memberships and the spiritual benefits bestowed upon those enrolled.  
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In Fr. Kevin’s Lenten Mission letter, he talks about the last time Jesus broke bread with his apostles before his passion and how the process of growing in holiness is a journey--not only through Lent, but every day of our life.  Send your intentions to our Lady’s Association so we can remember them in our prayers and Masses during Lent. You can also request a Votive Light at our Lady’s Shrine for your intentions. Say this prayer throughout the season of Lent to help you on your journey. Request this Last Supper triptych to remind you of God’s love for you.
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You are invited to join the Association’s Octave of Masses, February 11-18, honoring Our Lady of Lourdes.  Send us your intentions now to be remembered and burn Votive Lights.  Mary, under her 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 octave of Masses here at the National Shrine of the Miraculous Medal honoring Our Lady of Lourdes. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter about the story of Dr. Alexis Carrell, an agnostic, who witnessed first-hand the miracle at Lourdes, France.

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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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