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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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A Prayer for Thanksgiving
Let us join the ancient psalmist’s hymn of praise:  

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praise to your name, Most High,
To proclaim your love at daybreak,
your faithfulness in the night,
With the ten-stringed harp,
with melody upon the lyre.
For you make me jubilant, Lord, by your deeds;
at the works of your hands I shout for you.”
 

May you and your loved ones enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving. With gratitude, let us rejoice always in God’s goodness at every moment.


  
The Vincentian priests and brothers, along with everyone at the Association of the Miraculous Medal, appreciate your faithful support of our shared mission. AMM offices will be closed on November 24 & 25 and will reopen on November 28.

The grounds of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal remain open to visitors throughout the holiday weekend. Please check here for November 25-27 holiday tour and gift shop hours.
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Join fellow members of the Association of the Miraculous Medal in celebrating Our Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Conception. This is the solemn feast of God’s gracious gift to Mary in preserving her from the stain of original sin. 

Appearing to Catherine Labouré in 1830, Our Blessed Mother called upon all people to invoke her as “conceived without sin” — the very phrase emblazoned on the medal she instructed Catherine to create and promote.

On December 8, 1854, Blessed Pope Pius IX released a document defining the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the document he states, “In the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin.”

Take a moment now to entrust your Immaculate Conception intentions to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. They will be placed near Mary’s Altar at the National Shrine in Perryville and remembered throughout AMM’s eight-day octave of Masses beginning December 8.

You are also invited to recite this prayer daily during the octave to enhance your observance of this feast. Requesting a Votive Light to burn is another special sign of your love for the Mother of God — God’s pure and holy Queen through whom every grace and favor flow to us!
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AMM’s annual Miraculous Medal Novena of Masses begins on Friday, November 18. Together we look forward to the November 27 feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, followed by the feast of Saint Catherine Labouré on November 28. You are invited to take part with us in several ways: 
  1. Pray this prayer daily 
  2. Send your petitions to be placed near Mary’s Shrine Altar for remembrance in the Masses and prayers.
  3. Request a Votive Light  to burn as a symbol of your spiritual presence

“Have a Medal struck after this model. All who wear it will receive great graces … Graces will abound for persons who wear it with confidence.”   

-- Blessed Virgin Mary to Catherine Labouré, November 27, 1830, appearing to her in the image of “the Medal of the Immaculate Conception,” today called the Miraculous Medal
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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 continue 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. And with your gift of $29 each or $58 for both, request a copy of “The Illustrated Book of Mary,” or “The Illustrated Book of Jesus,” two special hardback volumes exploring  many devotional titles, prayers, information about feast days, and more about Jesus and Mary.

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All Souls’ Remembrance

Your prayers for dearly 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 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal on November 2. Sharing the names of deceased relatives and friends assures them of a special remembrance throughout the month of November as well as during the month of the anniversary of their passing. In his all-powerful existence that transcends the limits of earthly time, God can apply the merits of your prayers to assist your departed loved one. What a powerful gift this is! You may also request a Votive Light  to burn for your deceased loved ones. Father Kevin’s letter tells more about All Souls Day.

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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 
https://www.pilgrimages.com/amm/lourdesandrome/ to sign up.
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JOIN AMM’s ROSARY OCTAVE

The Association’s annual Rosary Octave of Prayer will begin Friday, October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Saint Pius V established this feast in 1571 in gratitude for the victory of Christians over the Turks at Lepanto, a victory attributed to widespread recitation of the Rosary. “Through the Rosary and Scapular,” wrote the Carmelite Friar Saint Dominic, “Our Lady will save the world.”

We do well to entrust to Mary the urgent temporal and spiritual needs in 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 request a Votive Light to burn for your needs, or simply as a gesture of praise and gratitude for blessings and favors Our Lady has bestowed upon you and your loved ones. God has promised salvation to the world through his Son Jesus. He has given us Jesus’ own Blessed Mother to accompany us along the journey of redemption. We implore Mary, through the most holy Rosary, to lead us to the eternal life with Christ that awaits his faithful children.
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