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You are invited to join us in spirit for a very special novena beginning January 14 and continuing through January 22 to celebrate the Espousal of Mary to Saint Joseph. Send me your petitions for remembrance throughout the novena as well as on the feast day itself, January 23, and burn Votive Lights as a sign of your prayer. In this novena we ask them to pray for us and our families. Mary and Joseph both took a leap of faith when they said “yes” to become the parents of our Lord, Jesus Christ. They resigned themselves to the will of God and trusted in his wisdom and plan. On the feast of the Espousal of Mary, January 23, all of us are called to our own leap of faith—to abandon our personal desires for those of the Lord. Look to imitate Mary and Joseph who faithfully placed themselves in the hands of God.

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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! 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 the 70th miracle of Lourdes which occurred in 2008 and was officially declared attributable to Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11, 2018.
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Christmas is fast approaching, and many of you are feeling overwhelmed by all the preparations of the season. If you are seeing a deeper encounter with Christ this Christmas, I encourage you to offer Jesus your prayers of thanksgiving. A perfect way to do this is to send me your Christmas petitions to be included in the Shrine’s Christmas Novena, December 16-24. Your intentions will be placed at our Lady’s Shrine for remembrance as we prepare for the coming of our Lord. You might also want to burn a Votive Light in thanksgiving for the blessings of the year. May our newborn Savior bless you this Christmas and may his Mother Mary watch over you and your loved ones.
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Our Blessed Mother was conceived without sin, a fact we celebrate annually on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8. 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 Octave of Masses beginning on Saturday, December 8. Submit your petitions to our Lady’s Shrine today to have them remembered during the eight days of Masses, and request Votive Lights as a sign of your prayer. During each day of the octave, say this prayer to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.  
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Read Our Winter Bulletin
In the 2018 Winter Bulletin, Father Kevin concludes his series reflecting on the closing address given by Pope Francis in 2017 at the Vincentian Family Symposium. All of us are asked to go out and make disciples of all nations. Don writes about unanswered prayers with the lingering question of “why” and Fr. Tom Hinni invites us to live in the joy that only Jesus gives, while Fr. Charles Shelby talks about “the best boss in the world.” You will also read about the Association’s 100th anniversary celebration that took place in October. A new Votive Light card is available to use during the bleak winter months. Spots are still available on our 2019 pilgrimages to France and Lourdes, and the river cruise in December. To see how you help us do our Lady’s work, a financial accountability report for 2018 is included. 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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Nearing Completion
We are just over two years into the restoration/renovation project for the historic Church, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, grotto and grounds in Perryville, Missouri. The construction projects are nearly complete, and a few Marian statues are still being carved in Italy.  We thank you! If you’ve not been able to contribute financially but would still like to do so, we certainly welcome your assistance as we finalize this effort. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter containing more information about the restoration/renovation project.
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A cherished Christmas tradition at our Lady’s Association is 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. The cards will not only warm the hearts of those who receive them, but will also grant your recipients a share in an Octave of Masses beginning on Christmas Day offered here at our Lady’s Shrine. This year we are excited to offer three new Christmas cards. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter about the power of creating lasting Christmas memories with your loved ones. 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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When our Blessed Mother appeared to young Catherine Labouré in 1830, she foretold the evil and sorrow of the revolutions of 1830 and 1832 in France. The situation back then seemed hopeless, just as it does for so many today. But no situation is hopeless when Mary, the Mother of Jesus, steps in! She gave us the Miraculous Medal which has brought us hope in times of despair. The Association here in Perryville, Missouri, continues Mary’s mission of hope 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 Fr. Kevin’s letter 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 2019-2020. 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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It is hard to imagine that it has been 100 years since the Association of the Miraculous Medal began in Perryville, Missouri.  As we celebrate together the Association’s centennial anniversary, send us your prayer intentions to be included in the special Mass at our Lady’s Shrine on October 14 at 2:00 p.m., CT. I also invite you to burn Votive Lights at the Shrine as a sign of your prayer to Mary for her miraculous intercession for your intentions. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter with more information about the Association’s 100th anniversary, and our October event.
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If someone close to you is grieving the loss of a loved one, I invite you to send them our new Memorial Remembrance Card, and send me the name of the departed person so he or she can be remembered in the prayers and daily Mass here at the Shrine for one year. Mary’s image on the card inspires us to realize that she stands by us in our sorrow just as she stood by Jesus as he died for us on the cross. You might also want to burn a Votive Light for your departed loved one. Read more about the love and comfort Jesus and his Blessed Mother have for us in Fr. Kevin’s letter.
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