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The Association of the Miraculous Medal will begin its annual Pentecost Novena of Masses here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal this Friday, May 14. Please join your AMM family in prayer, adding your intentions alongside theirs. The petitions you share will be entrusted to Our Lady and rest before her Shrine Altar through the Solemnity of Pentecost on May 23. During the novena, say this prayer to the Holy Spirit. You may also request a Votive Light to burn as a visible sign of your loving, prayerful support shining in the lives of those for whom you’re praying.  
AMM carries a special gift depicting the Holy Spirit’s advocacy in our lives. The Holy Spirit Silver Cruciform Medal & Chain features an antique silver finish with red enamel accentuating the distinctive Dove centerpiece. Flanked by images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Miraculous Medal, Saint Joseph, and Saint Christopher, this five-way medal also appeals for assistance with: "I am a Catholic – please call a priest" appearing on the reverse. “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.”

As Pope Francis has counseled, “By loving humbly, serving freely and joyfully, we will offer to the world the true image of God. The Spirit reminds us that we ... grow by giving.” 
Thank you for the prayerful support you extend to loved ones through your membership in Mary’s Association. May Our Lady obtain for you, and them, a generous share in the gifts of the Spirit to draw you ever closer to her Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

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Asking Mary’s intercession for a loved one’s physical or spiritual healing is one of the most comforting gifts you could offer. Mary, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, has promised to obtain blessings for all who approach her in faith. Request your complimentary Miraculous Medal Healing Remembrance Card to send as a gift of comfort and prayer-filled hope to someone who is suffering in body, mind, or spirit. If you send AMM their name, your recipient will be remembered in Masses and prayers here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, Missouri. You can also request to burn a Votive Light in their name, symbolizing your prayers for healing. Read more about Mary’s intercession for us and God’s grace in Fr. Kevin’s letter.  
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“On this day, O beautiful Mother, on this day we give thee our love …" 

      The rains held off, and the people came.

      From near and far they arrived … families, couples, school children, First Communicants, and Confirmands. Gathering from across Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina, Indiana, Nebraska, and Ohio, members and friends of the Association of the Miraculous Medal arrived at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. They came to show their love and devotion.

      Spiritual Director, Father Kevin McCrackenc C.M., led the pilgrims in a prayerful procession. With rosaries in hand, the congregation strolled along the stately quarter-mile Rosary Walk to Mary’s grotto.

      A heartfelt swell of voices lifted prayers and songs to Our Lady as thousands of petitions submitted by Association members were laid at her feet. A wreath of tiny silk roses represented the spiritual presence of these AMM members and supporters.

      Fr. Kevin and Deacon Rob Huff offered words of inspiration about Mary’s queenship in heaven and on earth. She is an ever-present and unfailing teacher.

      While many have attended the Shrine’s May Procession for many years, others were first-time visitors. 

     Karen and Mario Anaya were among these. “We heard about the Shrine from my mom,” Karen said. “She had been looking for Miraculous Medals and learned about the May Procession on the AMM website.” The couple traveled eight hours, from Omaha, with their three young children, along with Karen’s parents and another family. “It’s so beautiful here,” Karen shared following the ceremony. “We are really glad we came.”

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We hope you were among the members and friends who received Fr. Kevin’s letter with two enclosed bookmarks as an expression of our gratitude for your membership in the Association of the Miraculous Medal. 

In 2020, our family of devotees grew by over 94,000 members, and we pray that 2021 is a year filled with hope and healing for all. If you missed our mailing and would like to receive a complimentary bookmark, or if you need more Miraculous Medals and story of the medal cards to share with loved ones, please call us at 800-264-6279, Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., CT, or visit our Gift Shop here. We will be happy to mail you either or both! Any freewill offering you make will be used to further the Association’s work – bringing spiritual renewal to people around the world.  

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Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to seek Mary’s intercession for someone special in your life by sending one or more of our Mother’s Day Spiritual Remembrance Cards. The beautiful cards promise your recipient(s) a special remembrance in the Masses offered here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal — both on Mother’s Day and throughout the month of May. You may burn a Votive Light for your loved one as another sign of your love. 

As always, any offering you include is deeply appreciated and will help spread devotion to Our Lady and draw more people closer to her Son, Jesus. Read Fr. Kevin’s letter to learn more. 

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Read Fr. Kevin’s letter about this tentatively scheduled “live and in person” Procession scheduled for Sunday, May 2, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, Missouri.

Please pray for its success and join us in spirit, if not in person. Making an offering is another way you can play an important part in the work of the Association of the Miraculous Medal. Your spring gift will help bring Mary to the world and — through her — bring the world to Jesus! Your support also assists Vincentian priests and brothers in their ministries of prayer and service. Thank you for your generous membership in our AMM family.

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Read this season’s stories about family and planning for tomorrow. Starting early can guide you in important decisions, helping ensure that your charitable priorities are fulfilled in future years. As new member Frank W. told AMM in December, “I give because Our Lady is such a help to me; she has said that by spreading devotion to the Miraculous Medal we will receive many, many graces.” To request your free planning guide, please contact our Mission Advancement Team at
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Sharing Easter Blessings
Please take a moment to read Father Kevin’s Easter letter telling of the Association’s work to share the joy of the Resurrection. As part of AMM’s ministry to members, we offer beautiful Easter cards you can request and send to loved ones. The card assures the recipient of a special gift of prayer on Easter Sunday and remembrance in the Easter Octave of Masses.

Any petitions you wish to send will rest near Mary’s National Shrine Altar to be remembered throughout Lent and our Easter celebrations. Also, you are invited to join hundreds of members in our AMM family who are requesting a Votive Light to represent their spiritual presence at the Shrine here in Perryville, Missouri.

We are an Easter people, infinitely blessed by God “ … who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...”  1 Peter 1:3

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Lent Begins Next Week
Ash Wednesday is February 17. Throughout the holy season of Lent, let us pray through Mary to unite ourselves more fully with her Son, Jesus Christ. AMM offers various resources and opportunities to help you along your spiritual journey:

Send your special intentions to be placed near Mary's Shrine Altar

Request a Votive Light to burn

• Pray this Ash Wednesday prayer 

• Pray this prayer for Lent each day

• Request Easter Cards to send to loved ones 

Let us resolve to greater conversion of heart as we approach the important days of Lent: “ … return to the Lord, your God, For he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, and relenting in punishment.” Joel 2:13

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Do you have family members and friends who are in great need of healing?

Share your personal petitions for remembrance throughout AMM’s Our Lady of Lourdes Octave of Masses. We will place your requests near Mary’s National Shrine Altar. From February 11-18.  Pray this daily prayer  and request a Votive Light  to symbolize your presence here at the Shrine. Mary asks us to turn to her with faith and in confident trust. Through her powerful intercession, she will obtain all that we need.  Father Kevin writes about Saint Bernadette’s apparitions and the miraculous healing in Lourdes, France, of a young boy cured of complete blindness and paralysis in 1938.

“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.”  

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