The 28th International Youth Prayer Meeting in Medjugorje – Youth Festival, is going to be held from August 1 to August 6, 2017. The programme will be made of catechesis, testimonies, Eucharistic celebrations, prayers and Adorations of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
After 42 years Kiseljak (small town in central Bosnia) has newly ordained Franciscan priest. The main celebrant will be Fr. Julijan Madžar, a member of the Franciscan Province of Bosnia Argentum, currently serving in Ovcarevo. He was born in 1991, ordained as Deacon on June 19, 2016, by Auxiliary Bishop of Banja Luka, Mons. Marko Semren.
Family Kopričanec from Koprivnica, spouses Katarina and Nevenko and their son Šimun-Benedikt, came to Medjugorje in January 2017. Those are spouses who have prayed for many years to have a child and got him as the fruit of prayer. He is 12 today. Mrs. Katarina said in the programme of radio Mir: „My holiday is usually in January.
Future priests, Fr. Gonzalo Moreno and Fr. Carlos Ballbé from Spain were our guests at radio Mir Medjugorje. As they told us, their vocations are a fruit of Medjugorje.
Fr. Gonzalo heard about Medjugorje for the first time in 2005, when John Paul II died.:
After Christmas and New Year busy period, Medjugorje now enters peaceful and quieter prayer time for parishioners, Franciscans, Franciscan school sisters and all those who work here. There are few pilgrims left, all seeking for personal encounter with Jesus and Mary in quiet prayer on Hills, in the church and Adoration Chapel. (photos)
In the last year, there were 1 656 800 of Holy Communions distributed and 34 658 priests concelebrated at the Holy Masses.
There were 65 children baptised in our parish and 46 people died. 45 couples were married, 65 children received the Holy Communion for the first time and 80 children received the sacrament of Holy Confirmation.
Groups from Italy, Korea, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland, France, Lebanon, the United States, Spain, Austria, Germany, China, Romania and England came to Medjugorje in the first days of the New Year.
Number of Holy Communions: 66 800
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1345 (43 per day)
In the previous 2016 there have been 1 656 800 Holy Communions given in the church, and total of 34 658 priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses.
Celebration of the Feast of Mother of God and New Year's Eve in Medjugorje gathered many pilgrims and parishioners to come here and groups arrived from Italy, Hungary, Korea, Spain, Slovakia, the United States, Czech Republic, China, Lebanon, France, Poland, Austria and Germany. Many youth from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina were here too. (photos)
Many pilgrims came to Medjugorje from all over the world in these days, especially the youth. They all came so they would celebrate New Year's Eve in prayer. Three buses arrived from Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. Kamila Mišikova, teacher , was in that group.
On Thursday, December 29, after evening prayer programme, very unusual, but special book was presented in the Hall of John Paul II in Medjugorje. The author of the book is professor of art, Mr. Hubert Theler from Switzerland. The book “Living Stones from Medjugorje” was already presented in Switzerland and many got interested in Medjugorje through that. (photos)
Many pilgrims are expected to come to Medjugorje, especially the youth, from all over the world on this New Year’s Eve. The prayer programme will begin at 5 pm with Rosary. Thanksgiving Holy Mass will be at 6 pm, and Cenacolo community will give another live Nativity scene performance after Holy Mass in front of the church of St. James.
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)
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