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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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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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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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Our Blessed Mother was conceived without sin, a fact we celebrate annually on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8. Because the second Sunday of Advent is celebrated on December 8 this year, the feast of the Immaculate Conception is transferred to December 9. By God’s grace, Mary kept her heart immaculate – free of sin and full of love for God. Here at our Lady’s Shrine, we honor Mary’s holy innocence by celebrating the Immaculate Conception Octave of Masses beginning on Monday, December 9. Submit your petitions to our Lady’s Shrine today to have them remembered during the eight days of Masses, and request Votive Lights as a sign of your prayer. During each day of the octave, say this prayer to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.
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We shed teardrops in thanksgiving for a blessing received, in joy for a special accomplishment, or in sorrow because of illness or the death of a loved one.  Our Blessed Mother experienced both the heights of joy and the depths of sorrow. She wants to wipe away our tears and comfort us as she comforted Jesus. We invite you to join us during the Our Lady of Sorrows Novena of Masses, beginning on September 6, in preparation for the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15.  We will prayerfully remember your special intentions at our Lady’s Shrine. You may also wish to burn a Votive Light at the Shrine. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter about how to offer our intentions to Mary. Request one or both of our special gifts: our new Light Blue Teardrop Rosary and our new Teardrop Miraculous Medal and Chain that have been blessed here at our Lady’s Shrine.
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Last year, Pope Francis instituted a new Marian feast by designating the Monday after Pentecost as, the Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church. To celebrate this memorial, you are invited to send your special intentions to be remembered here at our Lady’s Shrine on June 10, as well as in the Pentecost Octave of Masses, June 9 – 16. You are also invited to burn a Votive Light for your intentions. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter about the Memorial of Mary, Mary of the Church, and request your easel of our Blessed Mother.

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You are invited to join us in spirit for a very special novena beginning January 14 and continuing through January 22 to celebrate the Espousal of Mary to Saint Joseph. Send me your petitions for remembrance throughout the novena as well as on the feast day itself, January 23, and burn Votive Lights as a sign of your prayer. In this novena we ask them to pray for us and our families. Mary and Joseph both took a leap of faith when they said “yes” to become the parents of our Lord, Jesus Christ. They resigned themselves to the will of God and trusted in his wisdom and plan. On the feast of the Espousal of Mary, January 23, all of us are called to our own leap of faith—to abandon our personal desires for those of the Lord. Look to imitate Mary and Joseph who faithfully placed themselves in the hands of God.

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June 21 is the first official day of summer. On behalf of everyone here at our Lady’s National Shrine in Perryville, Missouri, I want to wish you and your loved ones a grace-filled travel season. Please send me the names of your loved ones who will be traveling this summer and I will place them at our Lady’s Altar for remembrance in the Masses and prayers offered there. If you’re looking for a meaningful, travel-related gift for yourself or someone else in need of Mary’s miraculous intercession, be sure to view this Guardian Angel and Our Lady of Grace Auto Visor Clip and our new custom Key Ring with the Shrine image.  As you and/or your loved ones make final summer travel plans, I invite you to consider visiting the newly renovated Church and grounds here at our Lady’s Shrine. Our new Rosary Walk is now open and is truly breathtaking. Make sure to view our weekly updated photo gallery of renovation progress!
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You are invited to journey with Fr. Kevin McCracken and other members of our Lady’s Association to France, May 18 – 26, 2019, with an option to extend your trip to Lourdes for three additional days. Start with a visit to the Chapel where the story of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal began and travel through the French countryside and beaches while praying for healing and hope with new friends. Highlights of this trip will be the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Basilica of St. Therese Lisieux, Normandy Beaches, Sainte Mere Eglise, Rouen, Caen, Carentan, and then Lourdes if you decide to extend your journey. To receive a full color itinerary brochure or for more details, call our office at 1-800-264-MARY(6279) or click here. You may also download a printable copy by clicking here. Space is limited so don’t delay in signing up!  We look forward to seeing you on this pilgrimage.

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