Also this year we are organising the spiritual retreat for our parish from March 15-17, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The programme will start with the Rosary at 5 pm and Holy Mass at 6 pm. After Holy Mass there will be lectures and sharing in the Hall of John Paul II. The leader will be Fr. Damir Stojic, a famous Croatian Salesian priest, student chaplain for Zagreb, Croatia.
The members of YouFra Dubrava and youth from Zagreb came to Medjugorje this weeked for the spiritual renewal in Medjugorje. The retreat was held with the theme: Your Father knows what you need before you ask him, Mt 6,8. (photos)
Each Lent we meditate on the passion of Christ, especially in devotion of the Way of the Cross, that we as faithful say in our families and in the churches. Medjugorje parish prays the Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain at 2 pm every Friday, and in the church of St. James every Friday after the evening Holy Mass. In the branch churches in Šurmanci, Vionica and Miletina, it takes place at 4 pm.
A group of 60 pilgrims from Istria came to Medjugorje last weekend as a part of the annual pilgrimage organised always at the time of the Lent. Rebeka Sebastijan from Rovinj spoke about her conversion experience for the Radio Mir Medjugorje station. She also spoke about this year’s pilgrimage:
Also this Wednesday, the Lenten encounters for the parishioners of Medjugorje parish will continue and on March 7, at 7.30 pm, two religious people originating from this parish will give their testimonies. Those are Fr. Miro Sego, OFM and S. Marina Ivankovic who will speak about what they can recall from their lives before their religious vocation and what made them respond to God’s call.
The 25th International Spiritual Retreat began on February 26 and the coordinator is Medjugorje parish priest, Fr. Marinko Sakota.
The theme of this retreat is “Living on the Word of God” “Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures” (Lk 24:45). (photos)
Number of Holy Communions: 27 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 681 (24 per day)
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, the Lenten encounters for the parishioners will continue in the Hall of John Paul II at 7.30 p.m. The speaker this Wednesday will be Sr. Dominika Anic and her lecture will be at the theme: How to deal with the stress? She will try to answer the questions:
What does stress have to do with my life?
On Sunday, February 25, 2018, the ceremony of solemn and the first vows in the Franciscan Secular Order were held in the church of St. James in Medjugorje.
25th International spiritual retreat for organisers of pilgrimages, leaders of peace centres and leaders of Medjugorje prayer and charity groups shall be held in Medjugorje from 26th February – 2nd March, 2018.
On Wednesday, February 21, in the Hall of John Paul II, at 7.30 pm, the second Lent encounter for parishioners will take place and the guests will be Kresimir and Mirta Miletic, married couple from Zagreb. They will give a talk on the theme “Christian family facing modern challenges”. Their talk will come from their own experience, both marital as well as their engagement when it comes to the protection of the family and Christian values.
The Lent started on Ash Wednesday and the ceremony of dispensing ashes took place at every Holy Mass, act that symbolises acceptance of penance and fasting.
That evening, after the evening Holy Mass, the first this year’s encounter of the parishioners in the Lent, took place in the Hall of John Paul II, and those encounters will take place every Wednesday until Easter.(photos1) ; (photos2)
The Lent this year in the Catholic Church will begin on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018. The ceremony of dispensing ashes will take place at all Holy Masses in the morning and in the evening, sign that symbolises acceptance of fasting and the penance. The fasting is mandatory on this day.
The encounters of Medjugorje parishioners will take place for the third year now starting on Ash Wednesday in the Hall of John Paul II at 7 pm, after the evening Holy Mass. The encounters will take place every Wednesday, after meditation in silence on the Word of God, one part of the Hall will be reserved for bread and water snacks.
Medjugorje is remembering the victims of the past wars in this period, so the memorial of the Blessed Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, Saturday, February 10, will be the day of celebrating Holy Mass for all parishioners killed in the course of the World War I and II, as well as during the Homeland War, as well as for all those others who laid their lives for the faith and their homeland.