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Our Blessed Mother’s birthday is coming up on Tuesday, September 8. The Association of the Miraculous Medal has a beautiful tradition of celebrating Mary’s birthday each year with an octave of prayer beginning September 8, and ending on September 15.  Send me your petitions to be remembered here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal during this special octave of prayer honoring our Blessed Mother, and burn Votive Lights for family and friends. When we offer her our united petitions, she hears them and presents them through her Son to our loving Father.  Read Fr. Kevin’s letter with more information about Mary’s birthday.

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Imagine speaking to our Blessed Mother as Saint Catherine Labouré did 190 years ago on July 18,1830. On that date, Mary told Catherine that God wished to charge her with a mission. As we know, that mission was to promote and distribute the Medal of the Immaculate Conception—the Miraculous Medal. Mary said, “….graces will be shed on all, great and little, who ask for them.”  Mary invites each of us to rest our burdens and cares in her hands.  All we need to do is pray with confidence, asking for her intercession. She will listen and ask God to fill us with his grace. Send your prayer petitions and burn a Votive Light at our Lady’s Altar in time for the anniversary of our Lady’s first apparition to Saint Catherine on July 18. We will place your petitions there for remembrance in the daily Masses and prayers. Please wear and share the Miraculous Medal, remembering to frequently pray its inscription, “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
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Beginning Thursday, August 6, we will honor our Blessed Mother here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal with a very special Assumption Novena of Masses. On each of these nine days we will celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in devotion to Mary, asking her to help us enjoy heavenly glory at the end of our earthly lives. Please send me any special prayer intentions you have. We will place them at our Lady’s Altar and remember them in the nine Assumption Masses we celebrate, and in the Solemnity Mass on August 15. You may also wish to burn a Votive Light at the Shrine as an expression of your desire to honor Mary and seek her intercession. Read Fr. Kevin’s message about Mary’s Assumption. The Solemnity of the Assumption provides us with a wonderful opportunity to honor Mary, glorious in heaven, always interceding for us!

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Celebrate Father's Day
Father’s Day is June 21. This is a special day of remembrance and thanksgiving for the father figures in our lives – dads, grandfathers, brothers, uncles, godfathers, stepfathers, and foster fathers. Please send me the names of your father figures, along with your special prayer intentions, to be included in the Mass on Father’s Day here at our Lady’s National Shrine. As a sign of your prayerful devotion, you can also burn a Votive Light in their honor or memory. Let us pray that all fathers and father figures will be granted strength and courage to lead their families toward a deeper love for Jesus Christ.
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We all love a good story. In the summer issue of the Miraculous Medal Bulletin, Father Kevin’s message is about the powerful influence of stories in our lives and how the Holy Bible is the Story of stories. Don compares the mountains and valleys to the highs and lows of a well-lived life, and Father Ron writes about storytellers and expresses sympathy for those who have lost loved ones to the Covid-19 virus. The Summer Bulletin also contains a guide to Charitable Giving, information about three more of the marble statues on the new Marian Meditation Walk, and a personal testimony from a member who vouches for our Lady’s intercession. You will also find our new Votive Light Card “Prayers for You” that can be ordered. We hope you will take time to read these articles and more in the 2020 Summer Bulletin. 
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You are invited to join our Lady’s Association in spirit, for the Pentecost Novena of Masses which begins on Friday, May 22, here at the Shrine and ends the day before Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is a time of promise.  Mary and the apostles prayed for nine days until the “promise,” of the Holy Spirit descended upon them at Pentecost. They knew the power of the novena. So that you, too, can experience the power of nine days of prayer, send your Pentecost intentions and burn Votive Lights as a symbol of your confidence in Mary’s motherly intercession. During this novena, say this prayer to the Holy Spirit. 
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We seek our Blessed Mother’s intercession for all the intentions we hold close to our heart. But, how much does our Blessed Mother’s intercession aid our intentions, especially for healing? It is immeasurable! Our Mother Mary is our greatest intercessor. She purifies our intentions making them presentable to Christ Jesus. If you know someone in need of Mary’s intercession, use our beautiful new Healing Remembrance Card to bring comfort and strength to those who might be suffering from addiction, physical, spiritual, or emotional pain. You may also burn a Votive Light here at our Lady’s Shrine for your loved one. Our Lady promised Saint Catherine Labouré that she would obtain God’s grace for all who seek her intercession. By using the Healing Remembrance Card, you will be asking Mary to intercede and to bring her Son’s miraculous healing to your loved one in their time of need. Read more about Mary’s intercession for us and God’s grace in Fr. Kevin’s letter.  
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Mother's Day Remembrance
As Mother’s Day approaches, reflect on Mary’s maternal care and her promise to obtain the love of her Son Jesus for all who ask. Send me your petitions and the names of your loved ones to be remembered here at the Shrine.The Association has two new Mother’s Day cards which includes a prayer for the recipient, a remembrance in the Association’s Mass on Mother’s Day, May 10, and in the Masses at the Shrine throughout the month of May. Read Fr. Kevin’s inspiring Mother’s Day message about the invaluable and irreplaceable role that mothers play in our lives and why Jesus gave his Mother, Mary, to be our Mother.
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“We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your resurrection…” These words powerfully profess our belief in Christ’s saving work. By his resurrection, Jesus returned humanity to the grace of participating forever in his glory.

We are a Resurrection people! God promised that he would redeem mankind from sin through the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read Father. Kevin’s message of God’s grace this Easter season. Send me your petitions to be remembered here at the Shrine in our Easter Octave of Masses beginning on Easter Sunday and concluding on Divine Mercy Sunday. Burn Votive Lights for family and friends. To help you announce the Easter blessings promised to us by Jesus, send one of our new Easter cards to someone you love. When you do so, you will not only be sharing the good news of Jesus’ promise to us, but you will also be offering your loved one a spiritual remembrance in our Easter Octave of Masses.
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Your Lenten Journey
On Ash Wednesday, February 26, the Holy Mother Church begins a liturgical season full of spiritual fruit to aid us in our journey to holiness. Lenten prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are three exercises that strengthen our spirituality and bring us closer to God. Will you pray with me asking Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal to obtain for us the graces we seek this Lent? Please send me your prayer intentions and burn a Votive Light as a sign of your steadfastness. I invite you to say this prayer on Ash Wednesday. During Lent, I also encourage you to say this prayer. Be sure to order our new Easter cards this year to send to those you love.
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