My Friend - This week is most memorable because we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, recalling the various and numerous blessings given us. The Vincentian Family adds some other festivities to it: November 27 -- Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal commemorating the appearance of Mary to St. Catherine Laboure on this day; November 28 - the Feast of St. Catherine Laboure; and November 29 - the Founding of the Daughters of Charity. With this anniversary falling on Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent this year, there will be no external celebration - but it is observed quietly within the community and its individuals. You and your loved ones will be kept in our prayers as we observe these feast days. - Fr. Carl
"Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."
St. Catherine Laboure, pray for us.
On November 27 1830 at 5:30 pm, during meditation, St Catherine Labouré saw at the present location of the Virgin of the Globe (Rue de Bac) a vision of the Blessed Virgin. She was standing on a globe holding in her hands a small golden globe, her feet crushing a serpent. Coming from the open hands of the Blessed Virgin were beautiful rays of light. At that same moment Catherine heard a voice saying: “These rays are symbols of graces that Mary obtains for people.” Then an oval formed around the vision and Catherine saw emblazoned in a semi-circle this invocation written in gold letters, and until then unknown: “O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to you”. Then the oval turned and Catherine saw on the reverse side, the letter M surmounted with a little cross and below it the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Catherine then heard these words: “Have a medal made as this. Those who wear it with confidence will receive great graces.”• further information about the Miraculous Medal and St Catherine Labouré can be found at the official website of the Chapel of the Rue de Bac.