On Sunday, June 24th, 2018, we celebrate the Feast of St. John the Baptist, and it is the Eve of the Anniversary of the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Medjugorje. Holy Masses on that day will take place in the parish church at 7, 8, 11 and 7 pm. Holy Masses in branch churches in Miletina, Vionica and Surmanci will be at 9 am. On that day, we will not pray the Rosary as the parish on Apparition Hill. After the evening Holy Mass, the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place for one hour and will continue in silence until 5.30 am on the following morning.
Novena to the Queen of Peace is taking place each day, something we take as the spiritual preparation for the 37th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions, in thanksgiving to the Heavenly Father for Mary’s presence.
The 7th International Pilgrimage for Persons with Disabilities, finished with the Holy Mass at 11 am, celebrated by Fr. Zvonko Benkovic. The pilgrimage was held since Thursday with the theme - Living on the Word of God “Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures” (Lk 24:45).
Nearly all the time, there are groups of pilgrims and individuals climbing Apparition Hill in this Novena to the Queen of Peace. Every day, from June 15 to 23, there is Rosary at 4 pm on Apparition Hill. Holy Masses are celebrated in the various languages, and the evening prayer programme starts with Rosary at 6 pm. Many will come to Medjugorje walking in these days for the 37th Anniversary and some fulfilled their vows in this Novena.(photos)
On Sunday, June 24, on the feast of St. John the Baptist, we celebrate the Eve of Our Lady’s Apparitions in Medjugorje. Traditionally, each year, we will meet outside the monastery of St. Anthony in Humac and begin the walk there. Pilgrims are to arrive outside the St. James’ church at 10 am.
The 7th International Pilgrimage for Persons with Disabilities, began in Medjugorje on Thursday, June 14 with gathering and the evening prayer programme at the White Dome of St. James church. Rosary was led by Fr. Perica Ostojic, and Fr. Marinko Sakota, celebrated Holy Mass with 57 priests concelebrating. (photos)
The 7th International Pilgrimage for Persons with Disabilities
to be held in Medjugorje from
14. – 17. 06. 2018.
The theme of the Meeting is:
Living on the Word of God
“Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures” (Lk 24:45)
Fraternity “Marian Vow for Homeland”, founded by the youth and former soldiers, began their first pilgrimage called “Marian Vow for Homeland” in 2015. This pilgrimage shall pass through the most of the Marian shrines from the east to the south of Croatia, and they will also walk for a part of their journey in Bosnia and Herzegovina, through Medjugorje.
Number of Holy Communions: 171 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 3646 (117 per day)
Fr. Marinko Sakota was the main celebrant of the solemn Holy Mass celebrated on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, along with 65 priests concelebrating. Fr. Zvonimir Pavićić led the prayer of the Rosary and as traditionally, the Procession with the Blessed Sacrament in the streets of Medjugorje followed, with many priests, religious and pilgrims participating. (foto)
The Press Office of the Holy See, today at 12 pm, on May 31, 2018, released the following news:
Press Release: Appointment of Apostolic Visitor with a special role for the parish of Medjugorje
On May 31, 2018, the Holy Father appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., retired bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), Apostolic Visitor with a special role for the parish of Medjugorje, for an indefinite time, and ad nutum Sanctae Sedis.
On Sunday, May 27, 57 children received the first Holy Communion. Fr. Marinko Sakota was the main celebrant at the solemn Holy Mass at 10 am, and the children’s choir “Doves of Peace”, conducted by Sr. Irena Azinovic, made this celebration more solemn. The entire church was filled with the little children, their parents and many pilgrims. (photos)
On Thursday, May 31, we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. This is one of the solemnities in our Church and Holy Masses in Croatian language shall be at 7, 11 and 6 pm. After the evening Holy Mass, the Procession with the Blessed Sacrament will take place. It will start at the church, all the way to the bridge, then to the school and returning before the church again. We kindly ask all of the owners of the restaurants, coffee bars and shops to close their shops and adore the Blessed Sacrament on that evening.