The spiritual renewal of the parish was held in Međugorje from February 19- 21, 2016, led by Fr. Ciril Ćuš from Slovenia. The spiritual renewal began on Friday, February 19, with the evening prayer programme in the parish church.
The “Evening of Missions” was held on Saturday, February 13, in the Hall of John Paul II in Medjugorje. There were many interested supporters who came for this event and documentary movie about 40 years of the Franciscan School Sisters in Kongo was presented, titled: “Franciscan School Sisters in the heart of Africa”.
During January and February there are less pilgrims in Medjugorje and it became tradition to have spiritual renewals in this period. This coming weekend the spiritual renewal will be held from February 19-21, and Fr. Ciril Cus from Slovenia will conduct it. The programme will begin on Friday at 5 pm with the Rosary, Holy Mass and lectures in the Hall of John Paul II afterwards.
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 according to the agreement of parishioners.
January and February are months that are a bit different than the rest of the year. Besides few pilgrims who come in this quiet time on purpose, to experience more peace and have time for personal prayer, life in this parish is not different than in other Herzegovinian parishes. (photos)
Holy Mass for Franciscans and parishioners murdered at the end of the World War II, was celebrated on Wednesday, February 10, on the feast of Bl. Alojzije Stepinac in Medjugorje parish church of St. James. Graves of so many victims are still unknown, but the faithful are still remembering them. Fr. Mario Ostojic along with 8 priests concelebrating, was the main celebrant of the evening Holy Mass at 6 pm.
Around 49 members of the Franciscan Youth from Posusje were in Medjugorje past weekend at the spiritual retreat with the theme „I am with you in all of the days”. Fr. Josip Serdjo Ćavar, the spiritual assistant of YouFra Posusje said that these retreats stay in the hearts of the young people for a long time:
Meetings for Medjugorje parishioners will take place this Lent and will be held each Wednesday after Ash Wednesday, after the evening Holy Mass at 7 p.m., in the Hall of John Paul II. The first 45 minutes will be meditation in silence (candle and meditation on the Word of God).
Željko Babic, Croatian National Handball Team Coach, whose team won the bronze medal at the recently held European Handball Championship in Poland, came to Medjugorje on February 4, 2016, so he would thank the Queen of Peace for all of the graces he received. He first met with Fr. Marinko Sakota, the parish priest and then he gave an interview at the radio station Mir.
This is one of the quietest periods in Medjugorje, when there are only few smaller groups of pilgrims from Germany, Italy, the United States and Poland. On Tuesday, February 2, we celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord when seven Holy Masses were celebrated in Medjugorje, three in Croatian language.
Number of Holy Communions: 39 200
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 807 (26 per day)
Sr. Rastislava Ralbovsky is a part of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of St. Cross of the Croatian Province in Djakovo. She is the one who initiated the pilgrimages for persons with disabilities to Medjugorje, and that pilgrimage is going to be held for the fifth time this year in June.
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow from Scotland is the founder of the humanitarian organisation Mary's Meals. It was in 1983, that he discovered Medjugorje and that was what changed his life as well as the lives of his parents.
Sana Nassar from Lebanon is the founder of the non-profitable organisation "Friends of Mary, the Queen of Peace". Sana said that the fruits of Medjugorje are very impressive in Lebanon: „I know it is Gospa's wish for this to be the same all over the world. She would like her plan to be realised in the whole world, and that is for all of the people to get to know her Son Jesus, to start loving Him and to decide for Heaven.
On Sunday, January 31, 2016, the Franciscan Youth Medjugorje will celebrate the ceremony of vows and promises as a part of the evening Holy Mass. At the same time, it will be celebration of their 20th Anniversary and they will be preparing for this event with three day prayer programme.