On Sunday, 6 January 2019, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany. Holy Masses in the parish church will be at 7, 8, 11 am and at 6 pm, and in the branch churches in Vionica, Surmanci, Miletina at 9 am. The blessing of salt and water will be at every Holy Mass.
Parish office organises the Christmas concert at 7.30 pm in the Hall of John Paul II, with choirs, YOUFRA and various musical groups performing.
His Excellency, Mons. Luigi Pezzuto, the Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina, was the main celebrant in the church of St. James on Tuesday, 1 January, 2019, on the Feast of the Mother of God and the World Day of Peace. We, hereby, bring his homily:
The Feast of Mary, Mother of God, we celebrate in Medjugorje gained one special meaning. Our parish intensively lives Marian devotion and honours the Mother of God as the Queen of Peace.
Number of Holy Communions: 89 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1603 (51 per day)
In the previous 2018 there have been 1 672 000 Holy Communions given in the church, and total of 39 104 priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses.
On the Feast of the Holy Innocent Ones, December 28, 2018, Cenacolo community had their second live nativity scene performance. Holy Mass for children was celebrated at 3 pm, followed by the live nativity scene. Children, according to Our Lady’s wish, prepared gifts for Jesus and brought them outside the church. ... (photos)
The prayer programme on Monday, December 31, 2018 begins with the Rosary at 5 pm, followed by the Thanksgiving Holy Mass at 6 pm. After this Holy Mass, Community Cenacolo will give another live Nativity scene performance in the area in front of the church.
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 1:38 pm and lasted 9 minutes.
Our Lady came with little Jesus in her arms. Through Jakov, Our Lady gave the following message:
The Apostolic Visitor with the special role for the parish of Medjugorje, the Archbishop Henryk Hoser, paid a visit to Radio Mir Medjugorje and met all those who work there. ...(photos)
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!
Fr. Marinko Sakota sent Christmas wishes through radio Mir Medjugorje:
Last early Holy Mass at 6 a.m. will take place on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24. The evening prayer programme will start with the Rosary at 5 p.m., Holy Mass at 6 p.m. All priests participate in that Holy Mass that is why confessions on that day are only from 4 to 5.30 p.m. After the evening Holy Mass there will be live Nativity scene performance in front of the church of St. James. The vigil begins at 10 p.m. and will last until midnight when the Midnight Holy Mass begins.
The Apostolic Visitor for Medjugorje, Archbishop Henryk Hoser, had an encounter with the representatives of the families holding surname Vasilj from the parish of Medjugorje. The encounter took place on December 18 in the hotel Cesarica in Medjugorje and he was presented a painting as a gift on that occasion. (photos)
On Sunday, December 16, the Apostolic Visitator for Medjugorje, Mons. Henryk Hoser celebrated Holy Mass in the church of the Merciful Jesus in Surmanci, along with the parish priest Fr. Marinko Sakota. After Holy Mass, they spent some time with the parishioners who were singing and dancing on this occasion with the tambourine orchestra ''Misericordia'' Šurmanci, performing. (photos)
On Saturday, December 15, 2018, Novena to the Birth of Christ took place. Despite the bad weather and snow and rain, parishioners and pilgrims began their preparation for this year's Christmas, some of them even in the bare feet. The Rosary on the first day was led by Fr. Perica Ostojic. The rosary continues every day for nine days and the evening prayer programme is according to the schedule. (photos)
Siate obedienti al mons. Hoser» (Be obedient to Mons. Hoser), these is what the Holy Father Francis told me after I told him I was the parish priest from Medjugorje and that Mons. Hoser was sending his regards to him. ....(photos)