In the Mostar church of Saints Peter and Paul, two Franciscan deacons, fra Vjekoslav Milićević from Mostar (serving in Medjugorje) and fra Josip Vlašić from Gorica-Sovići, were ordained to the priesthood on the 26th of December 2007, the feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr.
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 2:29 pm and lasted 6 minutes.
When the time had fully come, God sent his Son,
born of a woman…
and Mary treasured up all these things
and pondered them in her heart…
Dear children, these are the days in which the Father grants special graces to all who open their hearts. I bless you and I desire that you too, dear children, become alive to the graces and place everything at God's disposal so that He may be glorified through you. My heart carefully follows your progress. (Message, 25.12.1986)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2008
Information Centre “Mir” Medjugorje
From the 6th to the 9th of December 2007, a medical team of eye specialists from Italy visited Mother’s Village in Medjugorje. Eye specialists Dr. Tanzarella and Dr. S. Verga, optician Mrs. C. Verga, and nurses Maria G. and L. Fornaro, performed free medical checks on the eyes of 250 children from Mother’s Village in Bijakovici, the John Paul II Family Centre in Vionica, and the Elementary School in Medjugorje.
The traditional Christmas Concert given by the “Little Doves of Peace” from Medjugorje under the direction of Sister Slavica Kozul, together with the “Little Dubrovnik Singers” from Dubrovnik under the direction of Djelo Jusic, took place at 3.00pm on Sunday the 16th of December 2007, in the parish church in Medjugorje.
Preparation for Christmas: Novena on Apparition Hill at 2 pm, Confessions at 5 pm.
Living Manger: On Christmas Eve between the Evening Mass and the Christmas Vigil Mass, on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, and on New Year’s Eve, the Cenacolo Community presents “The Living Manger” musical drama in front of the outside Altar.
New Year’s Eve: The Vigil begins on 31/12/’07 at 10.00pm with Adoration, followed by Holy Mass.
The 10th anniversary of broadcasting of Radio MIR Medjugorje was celebrated on Saturday, December 8th, with Holy Mass in Saint James’ parish church in Medjugorje. The Eucharistic celebration was presided by Dr. Fr. Ivan Sesar, Provincial of the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province of the Assumption of Mary and former Director of the Information Centre and Radio MIR Medjugorje, in concelebration with Dr. Fr. Miljenko Steko, current Director of the Information Centre and Radio MIR Medjugorje, Fr. Mario Knezovic, former Manager of the Information Centre and Chief Editor of Radio MIR Medjugorje, the Franciscans serving in Medjugorje and priests on pilgrimage in this place.
Holy Mass was attended by the employees, collaborators and supporters of Radio MIR Medjugorje. Musical group “Mystery” from Zagreb embellished this celebration with lovely music.
Prayer and Fasting seminars in silence
Croatian 4 seminars 158
Polish 4 seminars 111
French 2 seminars 81
Italian 2 seminars 99
Austrian 4 seminars 85
Lithuanian 3 seminars 150
Czech 1 seminar 46
Ukrainian 1 seminar 50
Slovakian 2 seminar 92
English 1 seminar 24
Hungarian 1 seminar 25
German 2 seminars 58
Canadian 1 seminar 33
Total 28 seminars 1012 participants
The 13th International Seminar for Priests will be held in Medjugorje from 30th June to 5th July 2008. The theme of the seminar is: “We will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word” (Acts 6,4).
The preacher at the seminar is Dr. Fr. Zvjezdan Linić, ofm. (Program and registration)
On Saturday the 24th of November 2007, parishioners and pilgrims in Medjugorje united in prayer to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the death of Fr. Slavko Barbarić.
Medjugorje Parish celebrated the feast of Saint Cecilia, patron saint of liturgical music, on Thursday the 22nd of November. The choir of the Queen of Peace, under the direction of Sister Slavica Kožul sung during the evening Mass.
Professional and amateur photographers from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro met in Medjugorje on Sunday the 18th of November 2007, for the first encounter of photographers entitled “Medjugorje Rocks”. Organized by Mate Vasilj, webmaster of the home page www.medjugorje.net, and in collaboration with the Parish Office (Fr. Petar Vlašić and Fr. Tomislav Pervan), Medjugorje opened the door to 55 photographers from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro.
Thomas Mueller, member of Totus Tuus, licensed chemist and theologian, won an award from the University of Koblenz for his thesis “25 years of Medjugorje - a theological-church-legal evaluation in the light of the sense of faith“.
Silvia Janine Rusneac from Romania has a master’s degree in Roman Catholic and Greek Catholic Theology. Since 1994, she has been organising pilgrimages to Medjugorje. This is her testimony:
The Eighth International Seminar for Married Couples took place in Medjugorje from the 31st of October to the 3rd of November 2007. Numbering 260 (130 married couples), the participants came from Italy, Slovakia, Latvia, Ukraine, France, Netherlands, Slovenia and Croatia.
The lecturer was Dr. Jozefina Škarica, a medical doctor and mother of four children. She is leader of the Counseling Centre for Youth, Marriage and Family in Šibenik (Croatia). The Seminar was simultaneously translated into several languages. Like all preceding seminars, it generated great enthusiasm among the participants.