The solemn Holy Mass of the opening will be celebrated on Saturday, August 1 at 7 pm by Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Msgr. Luigi Pezzuto, the second night it would be Provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province, Fr. Miljenko Steko, the third night Msgr. Tomo Vukšić, Archbishop Coadjutor of Vrhbosna Archdiocese, the fourth night Msgr. Henryk Hoser, the Apostolic Visitor for Medjugorje parish and the fifth night it would be Cardinal Vinko Puljić, Archbishop of Vrhbosna Diocese
At this time of coronavirus pandemic, all programmes of the international spiritual retreats and this year’s Youth Festival go through various challenges and many events have already been cancelled. Thank God, the situation at the moment allows us to organise this year’s 31st Youth Festival, however, a bit modestly than normally. Most of the programme from Medjugorje is being now sent to the world via electronic media and many faithful are tuned to those on daily basis, from all over the world. In the same way, this year’s Youth Festival would be live streamed and online and we remain connected to all those who, unfortunately, would not be able to come to Medjguorje personally this year.
From Thursday to Saturday, we will have three virtual reflections given before the evening prayer programme by our Franciscans, Fr. Marinko Sakota, Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic and Fr. Stanko Cosic
Number of Holy Communions: 42 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 432 (14 per day)
''Let us truly be grateful that she considers us to be her dear children and invites us to be her witnesses and apostles in the plan of salvation of the world. Surrendered to her, let us be joyfully opened to the future God has been preparing to the Church and to the world.'' (PHOTO)
We hope that in this way we would bring the spirit of Medjugorje in your homes and in your everyday life. Along with weekly reflections given by our Herzegovinian Franciscans, we will post photos from Medjugorje, prayers, spiritual reflections and quotes and broadcast news from Medjugorje.
The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2020. At her last daily apparition on May 7, 1985, Our Lady confided to Ivanka the 10th secret and told her that she would have an apparition once a year on the anniversary of the apparitions. It was that way also this year.
The apparition, which lasted 5 minutes (18:40h - 18:45h), took place at Ivanka’s family home. Only Ivanka’s family was present at the apparition. After the apparition, Ivanka said:
Our Lady gave the following message: “Pray, pray, pray.”
Our Lady blessed us all.
On Wednesday, June 24, the Peace Walk will take place from Humac, Shrine of St. Anthony at 4 pm and we are to come to Medjugorje around 10 am. Parish office invites all parishioners and pilgrims, especially the youth to join us in this Walk.
The theme of the reflections is “Living Medjugorje” and they will touch main components of Medjugorje spirituality. We invite you to join us in this project, so we would all live Medugorje messages more profoundly.
Every day at 4 pm we will pray Rosary on Apparition Hill and this will be our preparation for the Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions.
The International Spiritual Retreat for Priests that was to be held from July 6-11, 2020 is being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This retreat is rescheduled for July 5-10, 2021.
Number of Holy Communions: 16 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 332 (10 per day)
Lately, many of you have contacted us and shared your difficulties when trying to send your contributions for expanding our live streaming capacities in several languages at our bank accounts. Hereby, we kindly send you our apologies for this.
We need to say that we, too, had difficulties since we sometimes had to pay for bank provision more money than the actual donation (for instance when the amount of couple of euros would be sent). In this way, both you and we were only helping banks.
Finally, at your request, our media centre ICMM was able to open PayPal account and this problem, is thankfully, resolved in that. Now, you are also able to contribute the minimum donation and cover our production, translation and live streaming services to the whole world.