September 6, 2021
FACESOFDEVOTION: Celebrate Mary's Birthday
In two days, we celebrate Mary’s Birthday. But what can you possibly give the Queen of Heaven? Watch our video now and find out—and discover a joyful peace when you offer your gift to her. You can’t lose. 
What St. Vincent Can Teach You About Loving Mary

St. Vincent de Paul lived during turbulent times. How did he become such a great saint and what helped him bring so many souls to Christ? (Hint: it has something to do with Mary). Discover St. Vincent de Paul's love for Our Lady in this article from one of Fr. Skelly's first Miraculous Medal magazines.
And then celebrate the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul with us on September 27,
either in person or online.

The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to praise the Lord through prayer, song, and the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. We’re having two special “Welcome Back” Holy Hours for September:

Join us in person on September 9, beginning at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. Following the Holy Hour, you’ll have the opportunity to mingle with local students, campus ministers, and young adults for some light refreshments.

Can’t make it on September 9? You can still join us for our virtual “Welcome Back” Holy Hour on September 16. Join us at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time via our Miraculous Medal Shrine Facebook page.

If you have any questions or particular prayer intentions you would like for us to place at the foot of the altar, contact Carolina Nemo.

Join us for our special celebration of Our Lady of Good Health Vailankanni on Saturday, September 11, at 4:00 pm (ET). You'll be energized by the love shown to Mary! The afternoon includes a Solemn High Mass, Miraculous Medal Novena, Our Lady of Good Health Novena, procession with the statue of Our Lady of Good Health, and the Rosary, prayed in different languages.

We still have some Our Lady of Vailankanni packets left; get yours today, and then join us on September 11!


Beginning September 12, for three consecutive weeks, Vincentian family speakers will present what being Catholic has to do with the environment. Presentations will focus on the Vincentian call to action and Catholic understandings of love and justice. Each talk will begin and end with prayer and include time for questions and comments from attendees.


Come to Mary’s Miraculous Medal Shrine to start off the new school year! Students of all ages are welcome, and each participant will receive a Miraculous Medal, a prayer card, and a blessing of their backpacks.
Be sure to join us on Friday,
September 17, at 3:30 p.m.

The Miraculous Medal Shrine's Beyond Sunday program is responding to the U.S. Catholic bishops' call for immigrant dignity and recognition by hosting the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's World Day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees Mass on Monday, September 20, and presenting weeklong reflection videos from Sept. 20 through Sept. 26.
Under Mary's Mantle

Join us at the Shrine on the first Wednesday of every month to delve into the beauty of our Catholic faith and help build a solid Catholic foundation for our preschool children (ages 3 to 5). Each month we'll focus on a particular topic and provide fun activities for the kids and their parents or guardians.

October is dedicated to the Rosary, and your kids can be, too! This month we'll make the Rosary appealing to children by helping them learn about the Rosary, what a powerful prayer it is, and how to pray one decade. And we'll also make a child‐friendly, one‐decade Rosary that they (and you) can bring home and pray together.

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Location: The Miraculous Medal Shrine

If you have any questions, contact Carolina Nemo.

by Fr. Al Pehrsson, CM, a resident of St. Catherine’s Infirmary, Philadelphia
Got Medal? Share a photo of your Miraculous Medal with us on Facebook or Instagram, and we'll post it on our social media this month. Don't have a Medal? Check out the ones we carry in our Gift Shop.
Did you know that devotion to Mary as an infant dates back to 1007? That's when the church of Santa Maria Fulcorina was dedicated to Our Lady's Nativity. Eventually, that church became the Cathedral of Milan, and in 1251 Pope Innocent IV granted a plenary indulgence for anyone who visited the Cathedral on the Feast of Mary's Nativity.

In 1876, a wax image of Maria Bambina (the baby Mary), which was sculpted by a Poor Clare sister in 1735, was transferred to the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity. Soon, miracles of healing were reported, and the statue was processed to the sisters' chapel. Every year on September 8, the Feast of Mary's Nativity, Our Lady's statue is exposed for veneration.

In two days, we'll be celebrating Mary's Nativity. Send us your prayer intentions, and we’ll place them at the foot of Mary's Altar at the Shrine for the entire month.

September 8, Our Lady's Nativity, is almost upon us. Not only is it Mary's Birthday, it's also the Feast of Our Lady of Vailankanni (Good Health). Get your statue of Our Lady of Vailankanni, along with a free Vailankanni prayer card, to prepare for Mary's glorious day.

Light a candle in honor of Mary while you're there!

And be sure to join us on September 11, to celebrate Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni.
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