Even though we are in the end of October, huge numbers of pilgrims are in Medjugorje each day, especially on weekends when they come in great numbers from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. The last weekend was particularly busy, when many pilgrims arrived from Vitez and Posavina. Fr. Velimir Bavrka, parish priest of Vitez parish was with them and he said:
Ever since the beginning of October, month dedicated to Our Lady, many pilgrims have come to Medjugorje from all over the world. The largest groups of pilgrims arrive from Croatia. The last weekend, a group of 75 pilgrims from the parish of St. John the Baptist, from Postire, island Brac, arrived here. The organiser of this pilgrimage is Vilma Lazaneo, who said in the programme of Radio „Mir“ Medjugorje that parishioners from this parish arrive here at least once a month. (photos)
Fr. Marino Kuzminski is a Franciscan member of Croatian Province of St. Cyril and Methodius. At the moment, he is serving as the assistant parish priest in the parish of the Most Holy Trinity in Karlovac. He came to Medjugorje in 1988 for the first time and he still remembers well this pilgrimage even though he was only 8 years old at the time.
It is a traditional event that St. Joseph & The Helpers Charity from London, organises charity concert night for Mother’s Village in May and in October. Such concert was held on Monday, October 3, in the parish hall of St. John Paul II, when some old and new names performed. (slike)
Number of Holy Communions: 204 900
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4650 (155 per day)
Jim Caviezel, actor from Holllywood, spent some time in Medjugorje this summer and also paid a visit to radio Mir Medjugorje. He became a world wide famous person after he played leading role in Mel Gibson's movie Passion.
Mary's Meals is a global project that many people from all over the world support. The purpose of this project is to enable hungry children to have nutritious daily meals at schools, as well as to give opportunity to those who live in good conditions to share with those who have not been that blessed in their lives.
The Information Office Medjugorje has registered groups of pilgrims arriving in the mid September from Ukraine, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, the United States, England, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Belgium, France, Italy, Lebanon, Korea, Malta, Romania, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Poland and Brazil.
We had chance to talk to Zoran Bukur, pilgrim from Serbia, who arrived to Medjugorje for the fourth time.
On Sunday, September 11, 2016, the Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross was celebrated in Medjugorje parish, traditionally every first Sunday after the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (photos)
This Sunday, September 11, is the day when the parish of Medjugorje celebrates the feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Holy Masses in the parish church of St. James are scheduled at 7 a.m.,8 a.m.12 p.m. and 6 p.m. Solemn Holy Mass on Cross Mountain is at 11 a.m. Holy Masses will not be held in the other churches belonging to the parish.
Number of Holy Communions: 311 400
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 6557 (211 per day)
The timetable of the evening prayer programme is changing as of Thursday, September 1. Rosary will be at 5 p.m., Holy Mass at 6 p.m., and all other prayer services after the evening Holy Mass depending on each day's schedule.
Marta Sanfelia and Antonio Gamiz, a couple from Barcelona, came this June to Medjugorje on a pilgrimage with all members of their family: 13 children and 36 grandchildren, and the reason of their visit was celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary. They came to Medjugorje in 2009, for the first time and ever since then, they keep returning here.
Two friends from Austria, Herbert Fuik from Graz and Herbert Fuchs from Vienna, placed in thanksgiving to Gospa wooden crosses on Cross Mountain on August 8, 2001. Those crosses were placed along bronze reliefs, work of famous Italian sculptor Carmello Puzzolo. These crosses were replacement of those that were there from the beginning and that god destroyed due to the weather conditions.
Marco Bonafaccia, 42, is a leader of prayer group that meets in basilica of St. Anastasia in Rome. He came on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje with his wife. Marco was our guest at the radio station Mir Medjugorje and he spoke about his experience of Medjugorje and prayer group he is leading. He said that he came here for the first time in 2002.