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Enjoy the Fall Bulletin!
This issue of the Bulletin newsletter highlights stories about important and unusual journeys. Father Kevin tells about the incredible spiritual journey of two Jewish brothers, contemporaries of Saint Catherine Labouré, whose lives were changed forever by Christ’s love and mercy poured out through Mary. You’ll read about the fascinating life path and road to martyrdom of one of Our Lady’s greatest advocates and patron saint of the 20th century, Maximilian Kolbe. Hear from one AMM member about the way of faith his parents instilled in him from little on. And don’t miss Don Fulford’s story of an unforgettable childhood journey — an 18-hour road trip with his parents and five siblings — and the spiritual lesson that plays out along the way.

We pray that the Fall Bulletin inspires you along your own daily paths. As always, we welcome you to send your own stories of faith and family that we can share with fellow AMM members. Call us at 1-800-264-MARY (6279) or email us at ammfather@amm.org.

Finally, it’s not too early start your holiday gift shopping. Check out the new Fall Gift Brochure which features many new items for yourself or loved ones.

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Join AMM's Rosary Octave
The Association’s annual Rosary Octave of Prayer will begin Thursday, October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (originally known as “Our Lady of Victory”). Pope Leo XIII had a deep devotion to Our Blessed Mother, this feast, and its importance. “This devotion to the Queen of Heaven has never shone forth with such brilliancy as when the Church has seemed to be endangered by heresy … an intolerable moral corruption, or by the attacks of powerful enemies,” he wrote. We do well to entrust to Mary the urgent temporal and spiritual needs of our families and in our world. Please be among AMM members joining us from home to pray one Rosary daily for eight days. You are also encouraged to send your intentions to be remembered during the octave at Our Lady’s Shrine. The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is a wonderful opportunity to burn Votive Lights for your needs, or simply as a gesture of praise and gratitude for blessings and favors Our Lady has already bestowed upon you and your loved ones. God has promised the triumph of life over death and good over evil. We implore Mary, through the most holy Rosary, to lead us to the ultimate victory we seek!

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Three beautiful spiritual remembrance cards for Christmas are now available and are perfect to send as spiritual gifts to loved ones near and far. Each design and sentiment focuses on the true meaning of God’s gift of salvation in the birth of his Son — the “One who saves,” the only One in whom true peace can be found. Most important, each Christmas card you send offers your recipient a special remembrance in an octave of Masses beginning Christmas Day at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, and during a Mass offered by a Vincentian priest every week throughout 2022. Order today! For even more inspiration, read Fr. Kevin’s letter that reflects on the themes of peace and salvation — along with a very special Christmas story involving the Miraculous Medal. 

Don’t forget to submit the names of your recipients so they can be placed near Mary’s Shrine Altar during the Christmas Octave of Masses.

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Miraculous Medal Novena
Our Lady awaits you to turn to her in confidence. She is your sign of hope, your help in adversity, and your most loving Mother at every moment. You can draw closer to her and her Son during a novena of Masses being held November 18-26 here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Take part in spirit by returning your personal prayer intentions to be placed near Mary’s Shrine Altar throughout the nine days and on November 27, the feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. You may also burn Votive Lights for your intentions. 

The Miraculous Medal remains a global force for accomplishing God’s will through the devotion of so many faithful wearers and sharers! From the moment the first “Medals of the Immaculate Conception” were delivered in 1832 until our own day, countless people have reported grace-filled blessings received through Mary’s intercession associated with the medal, and even favors they call “miraculous.”  

Fr. Kevin’s full letter shares more, including inspiring testimonials of several AMM members. 

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All Souls Remembrance
Your prayers for your departed loved ones are a powerful spiritual gift that can hasten their journey toward full and everlasting union with God. Join the Association’s observance of All Souls Day by sharing the names of the deceased relatives and friends you’d like remembered on November 2, throughout the month of November, and during the month of their anniversary at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Since God’s power transcends all time, the prayers you offer today can be spiritually “applied toward” helping a loved one at the moment of their death. What a powerful gift this is! You may also burn a Votive Light for your deceased loved ones.

Fr. Kevin’s letter tells more about All Souls Day

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As members of the Association of the Miraculous Medal, we embrace the call to encourage others to live in complete trust and humble surrender to Jesus as Mary did, appealing to Our Lady for all the graces needed in our lives.

How can you follow the example of Saint Catherine Labouré in practical, simple ways? 

You can find opportunities to tell others the joyous story of her faith-filled life and her encounter with Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. You can request free, blessed Miraculous Medals attached to an explanation card to carry with you and to share with others. Similarly, for a suggested offering, you may order our beautiful double bookmark as a gift to anyone seeking the graces Mary promised through Catherine to all who turn to her in complete confidence.

It is through gifts great and small that AMM is able to mail millions of free, blessed Miraculous Medals each year. Will you support AMM’s ministry with a special contribution today? Your generosity will help ensure that Mary’s mission to share the Miraculous Medal continues for generations to come. Upon request and with your gift of $24 or more,  a copy of “The Illustrated Book of Mary,” a special hardback volume exploring Mary’s many devotional titles, prayers, information about feast days, and more will be sent to you.

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Making the sign of the cross with holy water recalls your Baptism, the moment of your joyous entrance into the Christian family. To encourage a deeper spirit of prayerfulness among your family members, the use of holy water in your own home is one suggestion. Blessing oneself daily is a powerful sign of faith! Request your commemorative bottle filled with 4 ounces of holy water, blessed here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, Missouri. The suggested offering of $8 per bottle includes shipping and handling. 

This sacramental makes a wonderful gift for loved ones. Your offering furthers AMM’s mission to draw souls closer to Jesus through devotion to Mary, especially under her title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.

Order your holy water here. Or, call 1-800-264-6279 during the weekday hours, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., CT.

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When we lose a family member or close friend, reaching out with kindness and compassion can be of great comfort. You can share the consoling gift of prayer by requesting this beautiful Memorial Remembrance Card to send to the bereaved. It offers the deceased loved one a remembrance in the daily Mass and prayers at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal for one year.

You may also burn a Votive Light at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal for your departed loved ones. 

Fr. Kevin’s letter shares more about the Memorial Remembrance Card, as well as the story of one member’s inspiring faith at the moment of his dear wife’s passing.

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55)

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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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