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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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Christ worked miracles of healing during his life on earth, and he continues working miracles of healing now, especially through the intercession of his and our Blessed Mother Mary. Use our new Healing Remembrance Card to bring comfort and strength to someone suffering from illness, injury, substance abuse, or emotional pain. You will be asking Mary to intercede during their time of suffering and to bring her Son’s miraculous healing. Read more about Mary’s healing intercession in Fr. Kevin’s letter.  
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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 13, with Mass at 11:00 a.m., CT.  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 the names of your loves ones to be remembered on Ascension Sunday. You may also request Votive Lights to burn in celebration of our Lord’s Ascension. 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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In ancient Biblical times, perfumed oil was the symbol of great abundance, and to be anointed on the head with oil was the sign of true blessing. Use our Blessed Oil to strengthen your resolve by turning your thoughts and prayers to Jesus and Mary in times of sadness, suffering, illness, and temptation. For an offering of $17 or more, we will send you a hand-packaged, half ounce bottle of oil which has been blessed here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and touched to a first-class relic of Saint Catherine Labouré. A healing prayer card will be included. The prayer can be said when using this oil on yourself, your children, grandchildren, and anyone else in need of Mary’s motherly care and God’s healing love. Read more about the Blessed Oil in Fr. Kevin’s letter.
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Please send me your Annunciation intentions for our octave of Masses and request Votive Lights to burn at our Lady’s Shrine. The octave begins Monday, April 9, and we want to remember you and your prayer requests throughout the eight days. On the feast of the Annunciation, April 9, the Church celebrates Mary’s “yes” to God. The angel Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Behold you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus” (Luke 1:31). We hope you will come, in person or in spirit, to our Lady’s Shrine in prayer during our Annunciation Octave of Masses, and let Mary’s ‘yes’ be your ‘yes’ too!

The Annunciation is usually celebrated on March 25. However, when March 25 falls during Holy Week, the feast is moved to the Monday after the second Sunday of Easter. Therefore, in 2018 the Solemnity of the Annunciation will be celebrated on April 9.

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On May 14, Fr. Kevin McCracken, CM, and a group of pilgrims will begin the Association’s pilgrimage to France and Switzerland in celebration of the Association’s 100th anniversary and the Vincentian charism’s 400th anniversary. The pilgrims will visit the chapel of our Lady’s apparition to Saint Catherine Labouré on rue du Bac in Paris in the year 1830. The pilgrims will also visit and celebrate Mass at the Chapel of the Vincentian Motherhouse where the remains of the Vincentian founder, Saint Vincent de Paul, are enshrined. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter about this spiritual journey. We hope you will join us in spirit and prayer on this journey of faith by sending your petitions to be remembered in the Masses offered during the pilgrimage. In commemoration of this pilgrimage, request the Sterling Silver Miraculous Medal and chain, the Fancy Leaf Miraculous Medal and chain, or the Deluxe Paris Wood Rosary.  All gifts requested will be taken on the pilgrimage and blessed at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Paris, France. Gifts will then be mailed to you upon return from the pilgrimage. 

Follow the pilgrimage itinerary, and recite the prayer to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal each day of the pilgrimage. You can also follow Fr. Kevin and the other pilgrims each day of their pilgrimage on our homepage, Facebook, or Twitter.  

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