Also this year, Christmas was celebrated in joy, after faithful in the parish prepared for the birth of Jesus with early Holy Masses and Novena on Apparition Hill. This place of prayer and reconciliation, recognised as such by numerous pilgrims from all over the world, was once again the confessional of the whole world. (photos)
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 2:20 pm and lasted 10 minutes. Afterwards Jakov transmitted the message:
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!
May this Christmas be for you day of joy and peace. May Jesus visit you in your families and may he be born in the hidden place of your heart! (photos)
Čestitka - fra Marinko Šakota, župnik
On Saturday, December 24, we will celebrate Christmas Eve. Fasting is recommended on this day. On that morning we will celebrate last early Holy Mass at 6 am in the church of St. James. Rosary will not take place in the afternoon on Apparition Hill, and there will not be Holy Mass at 1 pm. The evening prayer programme begins with Rosary at 5 pm and Christmas Vigil Holy Mass will be at 6 pm.
On Thursday, December 15, 2016, we begin with nine days preparation for the Birth of Christ. In those nine days, every day until Christmas Eve (but not on Christmas Eve), we will be climbing Apparition Hill at 2 pm, and so on December 16&23, both Fridays, we will not pray the Way of the Cross on Krizevac. The evening prayer programme in Medjugorje church will be held according to the ordinary schedule.
Bistrik, Sarajevo, came to Medjugorje on a pilgrimage. Their journey On Saturday, December 3, in the first week of Advent, students and youth from began early on Saturday morning, outside the church of St. Anthony. The group was made of the youth that participates in their meetings every Tuesday in their parish, but of all others who wanted to participate.
The third National Spiritual Renewal of YouFra Bosnia and Herzegovina was held in Medjugorje from December 2-4, 2016, with the famous line of St. Mother Theresa as the theme of the gathering “Peace begins with the smile”. The reason for this renewal was preparation for the most joyful Christian feast – Christmas.
Preparation for Christmas in Medjugorje parish is taking place in this time intensively. Along with the spiritual preparation in the prayer, as well as early Holy Masses, encounters of parishioners that take place on Sunday evening, there is also construction site of Bethlehem that is being built outside church of St. James. The members of Cenacolo community are preparing the scene for the live Nativity performance that will be held during the Christmas time.
After the evening prayer programme on Wednesday, November 30, a novel of Croatian writer Miro Gavran “ A couple of birds and one sky”, was presented in the Hall of John Paul II in Medjugorje. The organisers were parish office Medjugorje and Information Centre Mir Medjugorje. Fr. Marinko Sakota, Medjugorje parish priest, greeted all present and welcomed them to this event. (photos)
Number of Holy Communions: 51 900
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1388 (46 per day)
On Sunday, November 27, the first encounter this Advent was held on the grounds of the old parish church in Medjugorje. As in the previous year, the hosts of this first gathering were parishioners from Miletina hamlet. Medjugorje parish priest, Fr. Marinko Sakota, lit the first candle of the Advent Wreath. photos)
On Thursday, November 24, 2016, Medjugorje commemorated the 16th anniversary of Fr. Slavko’s death. Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic was the main celebrant of the evening Holy Mass, with parish priest Fr. Marinko Sakota, Fr. Dragan Ruzic, Director of Mother’s Village and 16 more priests concelebrating. (photos)
On Thursday, November 24, 2016, parishioners of Medjugorje parish and all pilgrims will commemorate Fr. Slavko’s 16th death anniversary by climbing Cross Mountain at 2 pm, and by celebration of the Holy Mass at 6 pm in the parish church. Fr. Slavko died on Cross Mountain on Friday, November 24, 2000, at 3.30 pm, after having completed the Way of the Cross for the parish.
Vice President of the Government of Republic of Croatia, Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic, was in working visit to Medjugorje on Wednesday, November 16, at the invitation of Defence Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Marina Pendes.(photos)
The 17th International Seminar for Married Couples was held in Medjugorje from 9-12 November with the theme "Be as merciful as your Heavenly Father is" (Lk 6,36). There were around 200 participants from 10 countries, and the lecturers were Fr. Ivan Filipović and married couples from Cenacolo community. (photos)