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)
The 25th Anniversary of the Association of Guides for Pilgirms in Medjugorje Parish was solemnly celebrated on Monday, November 7. The celebration of this great anniversary began with the evening prayer programme in St. James church. (photos)
The 17th International Seminar for married couples will be held
in Medjugorje from November 9-12, 2016
Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful. (Lk 6, 36)
In Our Lady's School
On Monday, October 31, documentary movie, work of movie director Jakov Sedlar “I was not afraid to die” was shown in Medjugorje on October 31, in the Hall of John Paul II. This movie is about Anton Kikas and his patriotic mission in 1991. (photos)
Number of Holy Communions: 200 800
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 3769 (121 per day)
On the last day of October, ambulance Donum Dei of Order of Malta in Medjugorje, concluded their work for this year in Medjugorje parish.
The ambulance was opened in 2002, and is located in the vicinity of St. James church. The volunteers in this ambulance are offering free health service, all working in the spirit and motto of Order of Malta – defence of faith and help to those in need.
Linda Christy, a pilgrim from Canada, came recently to Medjugorje for another pilgrimage and on that occasion she spoke on radio Mir Medjugorje about her healing that took place here. She told us that she was in a wheelchair for a while and for 18 years she could only walk with crutches.