On October 9, 2017, in the Hall of St. John Paul II, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of humanitarian work of the founder of Mary’s Meals, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow. Along with the parishioners and friends, the great international family of Mary’s Meals gathered there, who are in these days here for the occasion of the pilgrimage in thanksgiving for all they have received through Medjugorje. (photos)
Fr. Marin Marić is a parish priest of parish Dezevice. Dezevice is a place not far from Sarajevo, 912 meters above the sea level and is consecrated to Our Lady of Snow, while St. James of the Marches is the patron saint.
Number of Holy Communions: 170 500
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4549 (151 per day)
Thomas Tom Lascelles, 20 years old young man, comes from Newcastle upon Tyne at the northeast of England. He was born with cerebral paralyses, and has been in a wheelchair most of his life. Despite his physical disability, there are no obstacles for this young man not problems he cannot resolve. Medjugorje is his second home today, a place he lives in and allows his dreams to come truth.
63-years old Vera Lakatoš from Osijek and 64-years old Gordana Smitka from Zagreb, came to Medjugorje from Karlovac on Thursday, September 28, after 11 days of walking.
Mrs. Lakatoš was our guest at the radio „Mir“ Međugorje. This is what she said about this pilgrimage:
Three friends Kristijan Kezerić, Roberto Čergar and Roko Palić began their pilgrimage from Zagreb, Croatia on Saturday September 16. All three of them come from the parish of All Saints, Sesvete. When departing, they were blessed by the Auxiliary Bishops of Zagren, Mons. Ivan Šaško and Mons. Mijo Gorski, along with their parish priest Fr. Mario Miglesa. Kristijan was live on radio „Mir” Međugorje and told us that his trip was advancing more than well:
The Information Office registered in the last few days groups of pilgrims from the following countries: Ireland, England, the United States, Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Brazil, Malta, South Africa, Lebanon, Costa Rica, Argentina, Belgium, Portugal, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Haiti, Scotland, Canada and Korea.
Sarcophagus with incorrupt body of St. Leopold Bogdan Mandic shall be on a route from Padua, Italy to the birth - place of St. Leopold, Herceg Novi in Montenegro from Thursday, September 14 to Tuesday, September 19. While travelling, body shall remain in several Croatian Archdioceses, and Dubrovnik is one of them.
In Jubilee Holy Year of 1900th Anniversary of the Death on the Cross of our Saviour Jesus, that began in April 1933 and ended in April 1934, parishioners of Medjugorje parish, together with their parish priest Fr. Bernardin Smoljan, decided to do something that Holy Father Pius XI and local bishop Fr. Alojzije Mišić were advising them to do. It did not take them a lot to decide, and one evening, at the meeting of the parishioners held on January 21, 1934, they decided the following:
Fr. Matthias Nsamba was born in Uganda in 1970, and serves as a priest in South Africa. All he experienced in Medjugorje he wants to share with his faithful there, and that is how the idea of building the shrine of the Queen of Peace and Mercy, whose goal is to spread the messages of Our Lady in South Africa.
Number of Holy Communions: 291 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 6981 (225 per day)
Tomislav Lukšić, his wife Patricija and their friend Goran Ivančić walked from Velika Gorica to Medjugorje. It was 500 km long journey and it took them 15 days. They began their journey on August 12, early in the morning and came to Medjugorje on August 26. This is what Tomislav said about their pilgrimage:
Totus Tuus Community organised their annual pilgrimage to Medjugorje from August 8-13. This was one of the most numerous pilgrimages with more than 200 participants of all ages. We began our journey on Monday late in the day and we spent five whole days in Medjugorje. After the morning Holy Mass on Sunday, we began our journey back home.(photos)
On Friday, September 1, the timetable of the evening prayer programme is changing in Medjugorje. The new schedule shall remain in force until May 31, the following year. Prayer of Rosary as of September 1 shall begin at 5 pm, while the Holy Mass shall be at 6 pm. After the Holy Mass, the ordinary daily programme shall follow.
Many pilgrims from all over the world come to Medjugorje during the summer months and many Croatians are among them too. All those pilgrims arrive here to be spiritually fed before returning to their homes and that is why from July 1 to August 31, there is one additional Holy Mass in Croatian language at 1 pm each day.