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2017 Pilgrimage to Portugal

Please accept this invitation to journey with our Lady’s Association to Fatima, 
May 1 – 10, 2017, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. During this ten day pilgrimage, we will visit Lisbon, Santarem, Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Coimbra, Braga, Porto, and Sintra. In Fatima we will visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima, the tombs of Francisco, Jacinto, and Sister Lucia, where they lived, where our Lady appeared to them, and the Little Chapel of Apparitions with the famous statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Other places of interest will be the Monastery of Saint Clare, the Shrine of the “Good Jesus,” the cathedral housing the remains of Saint James, the church housing the Eucharistic Miracle, the royal Pena Palace, and much more.

We’ve worked hard on this pilgrimage to offer you the best places to visit, excellent restaurants, and good hotels. You will have the opportunity to attend daily Mass and to join other members of our Miraculous Medal family to strengthen your faith as you walk, pray, and reflect on your own journey.

To receive a full color itinerary brochure or for more details, call our office at
1-800-264-MARY(6279). Space is limited so don’t delay in signing up!
We look forward to seeing you on this pilgrimage.

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On June 20 of 1832, two long years after Saint Catherine Labouré received the image of the Miraculous Medal from our Lady, the first 2,000 medals were struck and made ready for distribution. Catherine looked upon these inaugural medals and said, “Now it must be propagated.”

As you know from your faithful membership in our Lady’s Association, tens of millions of medals were distributed in the first eight years of production alone, and countless millions more have been propagated since!

This past Lent, the Association invited you and all her members to join together in giving our Blessed Mother a special birthday present. We challenged one another to give out a total of one million Miraculous Medals before Mary’s birthday on September 8.

Well CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU! Not only did we meet our goal, but because of your help, we surpassed it with a total distribution of 1,730,305 medals. What a wonderful birthday gift we were able to present to our Blessed Mother!

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Back to School
Ready or not, the new school year is upon students and teachers. If you know someone returning to school soon - a child, teenager, adult, teacher, or staff member, please send me their namesso they may be included in the prayers and Masses offered at our Lady's Shrine for the entire school year. You can also send your loved ones our new "Back to School" Votive Light Card to let them know you are praying for them. You might also want to give returning students and teachers their very own Miraculous Medal attached to a lobster-claw clasp. Read Fr. Kevin's letter about returning to school and finding real freedom in knowing our Lord Jesus.
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Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows is one of Mary’s many honored titles.  It seems especially relevant because she knew and experienced sorrow as deeply and as painfully as anyone can.  She witnessed the passion and crucifixion of her only Son, unable to help him…except by her prayers.  This is how our Lady helps us today, and she is waiting to help you now!  I invite you to join us at our Blessed Mother’s Altar during the Our Lady of Sorrows Novena, beginning on September 7.  Send us your petitions to be placed near Mary’s Altar, and burn Votive Lights for your intentions. For each of the nine days of the novena, say this prayer. Read Fr. Kevin’s message about Our Lady of Sorrows.

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On Thursday, October 6, Fr. Kevin McCracken, C.M., and a group of pilgrims will begin the Association’s pilgrimage to Poland and Prague during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Follow the pilgrimage itinerary and Mass schedule, and recite the prayer to our Lady of the Miraculous Medal each day of the pilgrimage. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter about an “extraordinary year” Jubilee in Old Testament times and how it relates to our pilgrimage during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

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