Medjugorje is remembering the victims of the past wars in this period, so the memorial of the Blessed Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, Sunday, February 10, will be the day of celebrating Holy Mass for all parishioners killed in the course of the World War I and II, as well as during the Homeland War.
During the World War II out of 66 killed Franciscans in Herzegovinian Province, 10 of them were connected to Medjugorje parish and those are: Fr. Jozo Bencun, Fr. Marko Dragićević (Sr.), Fr. Mariofil Sivrić, Fr. Grgo Vasilj, Fr. Jenko Vasilj, Fr. Križan Galić, Fr. Bono Jelavić, Fr. Paško Martinac, Fr. Anđelko Nuić and Fr. Bernardin Smoljan.
Number of Holy Communions: 25 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 871 (28 per day)
This January, it has been half of the century since the church of St. James was built and solemnly blessed. After the parish was founded in 1892, the first parish church, very spacious and beautiful for the circumstances back then, was soon completed in 1897. Due to the unstable ground on which it was built, the walls began to crack and the building began to sink, so immediately after the World War I, parishioners began to think about the construction of the new church. The works were initiated in 1934, and were completed on January 19, 1969, when this church was blessed. Take a look at the photos from the time when the old church was destroyed, to the time the new one was built. (photo)
The Apostolic Visitor for the parish of Medjugorje, Archbishop Henryk Hoser, visited Čitluk municipality and had a meeting with the municipal Mayor, Marin Radisic.
During this meeting, the Archbishop Hoser introduced mayor with the role of the Apostolic Visitor, entrusted to him by Pope Francis, shared his impressions on Medjugorje and spoke about the fruits of Medjugorje and plans regarding the constructions in the shrine.
Mayor Radišić presented the main characteristics of Čitluk municipality.
On Monday, January 21, we commemorated the 17th anniversary of death of former Medjugorje parish priest and the founder of religious – humanitarian organization “Medjugorje – Mir”, Fr. Leonard Orec (born in Posuski Gradac, 1928 – died in Zagreb, 2002). Fr. Leonard served in Medjugorje from 1988 to 1991, in that period he served as a parish priest for more than one year.
On Sunday, 6 January 2019, the Solemnity of the Epiphany was celebrated in Medjugorje and after the evening Holy Mass, celebrated by the parish priest Fr. Marinko Šakota, the Christmas concert was held in the Hall of John Paul II, with choirs, YOUFRA and various musical and vocal groups performing. The Hall was packed with the audience for this event.
On Sunday of the Baptism of the Lord, the Christmas time ends, and Holy Masses will be in the parish church at 7, 8, 11 am and at 6 pm. (photos)
On Sunday, 6 January 2019, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany. Holy Masses in the parish church will be at 7, 8, 11 am and at 6 pm, and in the branch churches in Vionica, Surmanci, Miletina at 9 am. The blessing of salt and water will be at every Holy Mass.
Parish office organises the Christmas concert at 7.30 pm in the Hall of John Paul II, with choirs, YOUFRA and various musical groups performing.
His Excellency, Mons. Luigi Pezzuto, the Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina, was the main celebrant in the church of St. James on Tuesday, 1 January, 2019, on the Feast of the Mother of God and the World Day of Peace. We, hereby, bring his homily:
The Feast of Mary, Mother of God, we celebrate in Medjugorje gained one special meaning. Our parish intensively lives Marian devotion and honours the Mother of God as the Queen of Peace.
Number of Holy Communions: 89 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1603 (51 per day)
In the previous 2018 there have been 1 672 000 Holy Communions given in the church, and total of 39 104 priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses.
On the Feast of the Holy Innocent Ones, December 28, 2018, Cenacolo community had their second live nativity scene performance. Holy Mass for children was celebrated at 3 pm, followed by the live nativity scene. Children, according to Our Lady’s wish, prepared gifts for Jesus and brought them outside the church. ... (photos)
The prayer programme on Monday, December 31, 2018 begins with the Rosary at 5 pm, followed by the Thanksgiving Holy Mass at 6 pm. After this Holy Mass, Community Cenacolo will give another live Nativity scene performance in the area in front of the church.
At the last daily apparition to Jakov Colo on September 12th, 1998, Our Lady told him that henceforth he would have one apparition a year, every December 25th, on Christmas Day. This is also how it was this year. The apparition began at 1:38 pm and lasted 9 minutes.
Our Lady came with little Jesus in her arms. Through Jakov, Our Lady gave the following message:
The Apostolic Visitor with the special role for the parish of Medjugorje, the Archbishop Henryk Hoser, paid a visit to Radio Mir Medjugorje and met all those who work there. ...(photos)
And indeed, from His fullness we have received grace to grace, for He is our peace!
With desire that God’s peace reigns in all of the hearts, all of the families, all of the countries and in the whole world, united in prayer with all of the friends of Medjugorje throughout the world:
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!