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It’s back to school time! Please join AMM members in praying for all students and educators. Click here to share the names of those you’d like remembered in the daily Mass and prayers offered at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal throughout the coming school year. You may also order the Association’s new “Back to School” greeting card to mail to a special student, educator, or family. You might also be interested in our “Backpack Mary Medal” to give to your child, grandchild, or educator. It can be clipped to a backpack or purse. Would you like to share Our Lady’s Miraculous Medal as an expression of your faith-filled wisdom? Request up to 500 free, blessed Miraculous Medals here to distribute to area schoolchildren, educators, and family members. Each comes on an attractive fold-over card featuring its fascinating origin. (Browse AMM’s online gift shop for more medal options.) As Fr. Kevin’s letter reminds us, the quest for knowledge is always a journey toward Our Lord, from whom all truth flows.

Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us!

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We will celebrate Our Blessed Mother’s birthday beginning Wednesday, September 8, here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. There’s no better occasion to entrust to Mary all the intentions you hold close to your heart. Maybe it’s a special intention for yourself or a family member, prayers for a deceased relative, a plea for someone’s return to faith, or simply a prayer of gratitude for God’s goodness and Mary’s love in your life. Whatever it is, share your intentions here. We will lift them up to Our Lady throughout the eight days of our octave of prayer. You may also wish to burn a Votive Light in Mary’s honor. Its rays will add to the light and joy of our celebration! Read Fr. Kevin’s letter to learn more about the birthday candle members are joining together to create.

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It was the night of July 18, 1830. With these words, Sister Catherine Labouré’s guardian angel announced the first appearance of Mary to the young Daughter of Charity. As we remember this anniversary during our Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal on Sunday, July 18, you are invited to request Mary’s intercession for your special intentions. Your petitions will be placed at the foot of Our Blessed Mother’s Shrine Altar. You may also burn a Votive Light alongside the thousands already lit by fellow AMM members. Did you know that along the Shrine’s outdoor Rosary Walk stands a marble carving of Catherine’s first apparition of Our Lady? This video highlights the statue. It depicts that touching moment when Catherine knelt at Mary’s side in complete love and devotion.

What would you ask of Mary if you found yourself
suddenly kneeling beside her? Ask her now.

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Please share your prayer intentions today as we prepare for a very special Assumption Novena of Masses beginning Thursday, August 6, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Throughout the nine days, we will “lift each other” toward heaven, praying for one another’s needs through Mary’s promised intercession. The image of the Assumption, so vividly depicted here at the Shrine’s main altar, is a powerful reminder of the reward for our lifetime of faithful perseverance through trials of every sort. When we cling to the Blessed Mother in prayer, we are in a very real way “lifted up” with her along a journey marked by love and surrender to our Lord, the way to eternal life. 

This year’s Solemnity of the Assumption Mass begins at 11:00 a.m., CT, and will be live-streamed on AMM’s Facebook page. 

You may burn a Votive Light as an additional symbol of your prayerful presence for this joyous feast!

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This issue will lift your spirits with more stories of faith and family! You’ll read some lesser-known tales of Saint Catherine Labouré’s family who endured their share of joys and sorrows, like every family. Brother Tom Juneman, C.M., reflects on the diversity of family members’ varying lifestyles, beliefs, and challenges, reminding us that our family and home are rooted in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; God’s love remains at the center of family life. Don’t miss the sweet photo of Marie Luebbert celebrating her 100th birthday; Marie’s faith and family helped her through many life trials. Don’s article recalls a prayerful encounter with a family in the Shrine Church. 

There’s plenty more to enjoy in the Summer Bulletin. As always, we would love to hear your inspiring story of faith and family to share with fellow AMM members. Call or write us anytime. A safe and happy summer to you and yours!

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The Association of the Miraculous Medal will begin its annual Pentecost Novena of Masses here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal this Friday, May 14. Please join your AMM family in prayer, adding your intentions alongside theirs. The petitions you share will be entrusted to Our Lady and rest before her Shrine Altar through the Solemnity of Pentecost on May 23. During the novena, say this prayer to the Holy Spirit. You may also request a Votive Light to burn as a visible sign of your loving, prayerful support shining in the lives of those for whom you’re praying.  
AMM carries a special gift depicting the Holy Spirit’s advocacy in our lives. The Holy Spirit Silver Cruciform Medal & Chain features an antique silver finish with red enamel accentuating the distinctive Dove centerpiece. Flanked by images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Miraculous Medal, Saint Joseph, and Saint Christopher, this five-way medal also appeals for assistance with: "I am a Catholic – please call a priest" appearing on the reverse. “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.”

As Pope Francis has counseled, “By loving humbly, serving freely and joyfully, we will offer to the world the true image of God. The Spirit reminds us that we ... grow by giving.” 
Thank you for the prayerful support you extend to loved ones through your membership in Mary’s Association. May Our Lady obtain for you, and them, a generous share in the gifts of the Spirit to draw you ever closer to her Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

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Asking Mary’s intercession for a loved one’s physical or spiritual healing is one of the most comforting gifts you could offer. Mary, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, has promised to obtain blessings for all who approach her in faith. Request your complimentary Miraculous Medal Healing Remembrance Card to send as a gift of comfort and prayer-filled hope to someone who is suffering in body, mind, or spirit. If you send AMM their name, your recipient will be remembered in Masses and prayers here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, Missouri. You can also request to burn a Votive Light in their name, symbolizing your prayers for healing. Read more about Mary’s intercession for us and God’s grace in Fr. Kevin’s letter.  
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“On this day, O beautiful Mother, on this day we give thee our love …" 

      The rains held off, and the people came.

      From near and far they arrived … families, couples, school children, First Communicants, and Confirmands. Gathering from across Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina, Indiana, Nebraska, and Ohio, members and friends of the Association of the Miraculous Medal arrived at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. They came to show their love and devotion.

      Spiritual Director, Father Kevin McCrackenc C.M., led the pilgrims in a prayerful procession. With rosaries in hand, the congregation strolled along the stately quarter-mile Rosary Walk to Mary’s grotto.

      A heartfelt swell of voices lifted prayers and songs to Our Lady as thousands of petitions submitted by Association members were laid at her feet. A wreath of tiny silk roses represented the spiritual presence of these AMM members and supporters.

      Fr. Kevin and Deacon Rob Huff offered words of inspiration about Mary’s queenship in heaven and on earth. She is an ever-present and unfailing teacher.

      While many have attended the Shrine’s May Procession for many years, others were first-time visitors. 

     Karen and Mario Anaya were among these. “We heard about the Shrine from my mom,” Karen said. “She had been looking for Miraculous Medals and learned about the May Procession on the AMM website.” The couple traveled eight hours, from Omaha, with their three young children, along with Karen’s parents and another family. “It’s so beautiful here,” Karen shared following the ceremony. “We are really glad we came.”

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We hope you were among the members and friends who received Fr. Kevin’s letter with two enclosed bookmarks as an expression of our gratitude for your membership in the Association of the Miraculous Medal. 

In 2020, our family of devotees grew by over 94,000 members, and we pray that 2021 is a year filled with hope and healing for all. If you missed our mailing and would like to receive a complimentary bookmark, or if you need more Miraculous Medals and story of the medal cards to share with loved ones, please call us at 800-264-6279, Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., CT, or visit our Gift Shop here. We will be happy to mail you either or both! Any freewill offering you make will be used to further the Association’s work – bringing spiritual renewal to people around the world.  

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Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to seek Mary’s intercession for someone special in your life by sending one or more of our Mother’s Day Spiritual Remembrance Cards. The beautiful cards promise your recipient(s) a special remembrance in the Masses offered here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal — both on Mother’s Day and throughout the month of May. You may burn a Votive Light for your loved one as another sign of your love. 

As always, any offering you include is deeply appreciated and will help spread devotion to Our Lady and draw more people closer to her Son, Jesus. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter to learn more. 

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