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The Association of the Miraculous Medal spreads devotion to Jesus through Mary by sharing the Miraculous Medal she entrusted to Saint Catherine Labouré nearly 193 years ago. Throughout 2023, we hope you will send us your special intentions for remembrance in our daily Mass and prayers. You may always burn a Votive Light to express praise and gratitude, or in an appeal for ongoing needs in your life. Request free Miraculous Medals at any time — each medal is presented on a beautiful keepsake card with the Miraculous Medal story.  

Our Lady keeps you close to her heart at every moment. Placing yourself in her tender and loving care will bring you nearer to God. Know that you remain in our daily prayers.  

Read Father Kevin’s letter sharing an inspiring story of a recent Olympic medalist who wore a Miraculous Medal throughout the competition.
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In April of 2023 the Association of the Miraculous Medal is sponsoring a post-Easter pilgrimage to Lourdes, to Rome, and for those who choose to extend their pilgrimage, to Medjugorje. The basic pilgrimage includes 3 days for us to experience the prayerful atmosphere of the premier Marian shrine where Our Blessed Mother appeared to St. Bernadette 18 times in 1858. We will be able to undertake both group and personal devotions. From Lourdes we will fly to Rome and spend a few days visiting several of the most revered churches and other sacred sites of the Eternal City, as well as some of the "must see" tourist sites. Particularly important for members of Our Lady's Association, we will visit the Basilica of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte where Alphonse Ratisbonne, a French Jew, while he was touring Rome in 1842, received an apparition of Mary. Our Lady appeared to him as she is represented on the Miraculous Medal, which Catholic friends had convinced him to wear. In honor of Mary, Alphonse chose to be baptized as Marie-Alphonse. Pope Gregory XVI declared his immediate conversion to be a miracle. We hope to pray at the shrine in the Basilica dedicated to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and Marie-Alphonse's miraculous conversion. From Rome, those who wish, will travel across the Adriatic Sea to Medjugorje in Herzegovina. Since June 1981, six visionaries, believe that they have received visions of Our Lady, identifying herself as the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace. Millions of people have visited the town and many have had a profound spiritual experience there. In May 2019, Pope Francis authorized officially sponsored Catholic group pilgrimages to Medjugorje. However, the Vatican stated that studies related to the authenticity of the claimed apparitions are still ongoing. As at Lourdes, we will have time to participate in both group and personal devotions while in Medjugorje. Please consider joining us for this Eastertime pilgrimage when we will rejoice with Mary in the glory of her Son's resurrection.
~Fr. Kevin McCracken

If you would like to join us on this pilgrimage visit to sign up.
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The gift of prayer can change a life. Enrolling yourself or a loved one as a Perpetual Member of the Association of the Miraculous Medal assures of a share in a treasury of Masses and prayers. A novena of Masses is offered each month at Our Lady’s Shrine. Perpetual members also share in all other Masses and novenas of Masses which are said for members of Our Lady’s Association—a total of 57 Masses monthly for as long as the Association endures and the Shrine in Perryville remains as its center of prayer. In addition, they also share in other Masses and novenas of Masses whenever these are offered for members.

Father Kevin’s letter tells more. Perpetual membership can be that “perfect gift” for Baptisms, birthdays, Confirmation, wedding anniversaries, get well wishes, or in sympathy. Enroll yourself or someone else today!
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Send your petitions to be remembered during AMM’s annual novena of Masses celebrating Mary’s espousal to Saint Joseph. The novena begins January 14 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Our Lady and Saint Joseph are our models of holy living, especially as we face life’s daily difficulties. Mary and Joseph trusted in God’s plan for their marriage and family.  

 You are invited to burn a Votive Light as a sign of your faith-filled trust in God’s plan for you. Your intentions will be placed near Our Lady’s Altar here at the National Shrine throughout the novena and on the actual feast day, January 23. During the novena, join us in praying for the protection of all unborn children and that the many respect for life events across the United States are successful in changing hearts and minds to recognize the sanctity of human life. Mary and Joseph are our models of how to welcome the gift of life, no matter the circumstances.
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As Saint Louis de Montfort writes, “In giving ourselves to Jesus through Mary's hands, we imitate God the Father, who gave us his only Son through Mary, and who imparts his graces to us only through Mary. Likewise we imitate God the Son, who by giving us his example for us to follow, inspires us to go to him using the same means he used in coming to us, that is, through Mary. Again, we imitate the Holy Spirit, who bestows his graces and gifts upon us through Mary.”
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Our office will be closed December 23 – 27 so that the Association’s staff can celebrate Christmas at home with loved ones. However, the beautifully decorated Saint Mary’s of the Barrens Church at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, as well as the Rosary Walk, grotto, and grounds, remain open for your prayerful pilgrimage. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop will be closed on December 24 and 25, but will be open on December 23, 26, and 27.

Enjoy a video of the Office Choir singing Night of Silence/Silent Night.
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Your intentions will represent your prayerful presence here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal from December 16-24. Request a Votive Light to burn in honor of the Light of the world, brought forth so lovingly and tenderly by Our Lady, full of grace.
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Call us at 1-800-264-6279, to request your card(s). Share your intention(s) ovisit this link to Light the Votive online.
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Read the Winter Bulletin
We hope you’ll enjoy the winter issue of the Bulletin Newsletter with inspiring stories, including Father Kevin’s invitation to learn more about Saint Vincent de Paul, the founder of the Congregation of the Mission. Read about the National Shrine’s growing collection of sacred relics. In the Rays of Light, you’ll find a poetic message of hope when faced with sorrowful seasons of life. And, as always, we share inspiring testimonials from AMM members about blessings bestowed in their lives through the intercession of Mary, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.  

Your support for the Association of the Miraculous Medal at Christmas is a beautiful way to help the Mother of God become more known and loved by her spiritual children everywhere. This is our mission. Thank you again for being a part of our growing AMM family.
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