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We hope you’ll enjoy the inspiring Advent and Christmas Reflections in this issue of the Bulletin newsletter, as well as the conclusion of the Marian Meditation statue stories. (Especially the two titles cherished by so many AMM members: Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.) We’re eager to share with you an overview of our financial accountability report — good news made possible by thousands of AMM members who remain devoted to our ministry. See the new Votive Light Card for 2021 and order soon. Testimonials from our members are always a favorite among readers and can also be found in this issue.. 

This time of year also brings with it a humble invitation to consider providing for the future of Mary’s Association. Please prayerfully consider the opportunities shared in this issue of Rays of Light. We are deeply grateful for your commitment to our Lady’s Association. 

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From the moment she was conceived, our Lady was granted the divine grace of being preserved from the stain of original sin. Mary’s purity was necessary as she was to become the living Temple of the Son of God. Appearing to Saint Catherine Labouré in 1830, our Blessed Mother called upon all people to invoke her as “conceived without sin.” You are invited to join us in a prayerful, eight-day celebration--the December 8 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. First, take a moment to entrust your intentions to our Lady. They will be placed near Mary’s Shrine Altar and remembered throughout the Octave of Masses beginning December 8. Then, recite this prayer daily from December 8-15. You may also wish to request a Votive Light to burn as one more sign of your love for Mary — God’s pure and holy Queen through whom every grace and favor flows to us!
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Good stories are always in season, and you’ll find them aplenty in this issue of the Fall Bulletin Newsletter! Read about saints and angels … gifts and a grotto … voices from the past and a love story from the present … statues and cities, and much more. There’s an inspiring testimonial from a member in California who asked for Mary’s intercession during the COVID-19 outbreak. And don’t miss the call to pray the Rosary on election day! It’s all right here. Also, if you’re shopping for religious gifts for the coming Christmas season, check out the new Fall Gift Brochure.
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Here at our Lady’s Shrine our Rosary Octave of Prayer will begin on Wednesday, October 7. AMM staff will pray the Rosary daily through next Wednesday, October 14. We hope you, too, will pray the rosary each of the eight days of this octave of prayer. Send us your intentions and the names of your loved ones to be remembered during the eight days of prayer. You may also burn Votive Lights for your special intentions. Pope Francis has urged all Catholics to pray the Rosary daily to unite us as one spiritual family and to help the Church in its time of trial. Saint Pope John Paul II taught that through this ancient prayer, we receive abundant grace, “as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer.” 
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Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal has touched the lives of hundreds of millions who have worn her medal and trust in her intercession. We continue Mary’s mission of hope by bringing people to Jesus through Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. In honor of our Lady, you are invited to send your petitions for remembrance in our annual Miraculous Medal Novena of Masses, November 18-26. You can also request Votive Lights to burn for your intentions. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter about how Mary is waiting to hear from you. As a reminder to ask our Lady for God’s graces, request your 15-month Miraculous Medal Planner for 2021-2022. 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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Would you like to give a spiritually enriching Christmas gift to someone you love? I invite you to send our beautiful Christmas cards to your relatives and friends. The cards not only share beautiful sentiments of the season as we celebrate the birth of our infant Savior, Jesus, but they will also offer your recipients a share in an octave of Masses beginning on Christmas Day here at our Lady’s National Shrine.This year we have three new Christmas cards available. Be sure to request them early. The names of your recipients will be placed at our Lady’s Shrine for remembrance in the Christmas octave of Masses, beginning on Christmas Day and ending on January 1. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter about the faith of Mary as Mother of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 
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All Souls Remembrance
May we join you in praying for the souls of your departed loved ones? 

Beginning with the November 2 observance of All Souls Day and throughout the month, we would like to offer prayers of intercession for your deceased relatives and friends. Simply send the names of your departed loved ones. These names will be placed near Mary’s Altar at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal here in Perryville. (If you include the date of your loved one’s passing, we will also remember them during that month.) You may also burn a Votive Light as one more sign of your enduring love for your departed loved ones. 

Fr. Kevin’s letter shares much more about the beautiful tradition of All Souls Day!

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When our Blessed Mother first appeared to Saint Catherine Labouré, she was seated, hands open as if asking the young novice to surrender her joys, worries, and intentions to Mary. Today, I pray that like Catherine did, you will spiritually entrust your cares to her, as well. I also invite you to send me your special intentions to be placed physically into the hands of our Lady’s bronze statue here on the National Shrine grounds in Perryville, Missouri. Your needs will be remembered throughout our October 7-14 octave of prayer honoring Our Lady of the Rosary. You may wish to order one or both of these devotional gifts to enrich your prayer journey. Fr. Kevin’s inspiring letter shares more about this wonderful opportunity!
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Do you know someone who is suffering from the loss of a loved one? I invite you to share the gift of Mary’s loving consolation by requesting our beautiful Memorial Remembrance Card. We’ll mail you the card for you to send to the person in need. And if you send me the name of the deceased, he or she will be remembered in the prayers and daily Mass being offered daily at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal throughout the year. Just as our Lady comforted nine-year-old Saint Catherine Labouré following her mother’s death, so she will bring peace of heart to all who look upon her image in their sorrow. Fr. Kevin’s letter shares more about this touching story from Catherine’s life. You will also have the opportunity to burn a Votive Light for the peaceful repose of the soul of the loved one who has passed on – a wonderful symbol of your faith-filled compassion and another gift of love.
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A new academic school year will be starting soon and for many, if not most, this school year will have a different feel and look. The Association of the Miraculous Medal has a new Back to School Votive Light card to let a loved one know you are praying for them. If you know someone returning to school – a child, teenager, adult, teacher, or staff member, please send me their names so they may be included in the prayers and Masses offered at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal for the entire school year. You might also want to give the students and teachers in your life their very own Miraculous Medal. The Association has many beautiful medals to choose from, including one with a large lobster-claw clasp that conveniently attaches to lanyards, backpacks, and key chains. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter about the quest for truth and knowledge. If you are interested in promoting our Lady’s Miraculous Medal to students, educators, your parish, or any organization, request your free Miraculous Medals attached to explanation cards in bulk to distribute.  
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