On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, Novena to the Birth of Christ will begin in Medjugorje. For nine days, the parish will pray the Rosary on Apparition Hill every day at 2 pm. This coming Friday, we will not pray the Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain, but Rosary on Apparition Hill. (photos)
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was solemnly celebrated in Medjugorje on Tuesday, December 8, all in the atmosphere of prayer. Along with the domestic pilgrims, there were groups of pilgrims from Italy, the United States, France, Ukraine, Latvia, Hungary, Spain, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina from two towns – Livno and Tomislavgrad.
The seminar for altar boys from the whole Herzegovina was held in Medjugorje from December 4 – 6, 2015 and it was conducted by Fr. Goran Azinović with the help of postulants. Every parish had few representatives. This seminar began with Rosary and the evening Holy Mass in the church of St. James. (photos)
Marijana Zovko, pilgrim who comes to Medjugorje and music composer from Laupheim in Germany, came recently to Međugorje. Marijana was a guest in the programme of radio „Mir“ Međugorje and she spoke about her experience.
Medjugorje is at the moment preparing for Christmas. As parishioners are preparing spiritually with early Holy Masses every day at 6 am, Betlehem is also being constructed in the area outside the church of St. James. Boys from the Cenacolo community are constructing this site for a few days now and all is being prepared for a live nativity scene that will be held on Christmas Eve and onwards. (photos)
Number of Holy Communions: 61 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1335 (44 per day)
The first Sunday of Advent, November 29, gave the opportunity for another candle to be lit during the Holy Mass at 9.30 a.m., and that is the beginning of the new community “Faith and Light”. Holy Mass was celebrated by the parish priest Fr. Marinko Sakota, and the idea for this was born in the Association for Aid to the Persons with Disabilities “Susret”, from Citluk, as well as from the International Pilgrimages for Persons with Disabilities in Medjugorje.
The choir “Queen of Peace” of the parish of St. James in Medjugorje celebrated this Tuesday, November 24, 2015, their 25th anniversary of their work. After the Holy Mass of thanksgiving celebrated by Fr. Mate Dragicevic, the programme continued in the Hall of St. John Paul II, when their new CD „Salve Regina” was presented as well as the memorial book of their work in these 25 years. (photos)
On Tuesday, November 24, Medjugorje remembered the 15th anniversary of Fr. Slavko’s death. Fr. Mate Dragicevic was the main celebrant that evening along with 35 priests who concelebrated. He spoke about life and personality of Fr. Slavko and said:
On Saturday, November 21, parishioners of parish Brestovsko, led by their parish priest Fr. Damir Pavic, came to Medjugorje on a pilgrimage. “There were about hundred of us. One whole bus was full of the Franciscan Youth, who came on this pilgrimage with the purpose of better preparation for the ceremony of solemn vows and promises held day after they returned home.
According to the registration data in the Information Office, groups from France, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Italy, Canada, the United States and Croatia were in Medjugorje in the recent days. Benedetta del Gobbo, 18 years old girl, came from Rome with her family:
This Tuesday, November 24, the parish choir “Queen of Peace”, present in the parish of St. James in Medjugorje are going to celebrate their 25th anniversary of their work and activities. The solemn celebration will be at the Holy Mass 6 pm in the parish church and afterwards new CD „Salve Regina” as well as the memorial of 25 years of this choir will be introduced in the Hall of John Paul II.
The seminar for girls from the 7th and 8th grade was held in Medjugorje from November 6-8, organised by the Franciscan School Sisters from Mostar. There were around 40 girls that gathered, from Medjugorje, Possusje, Kocerin, Tihaljina and Klobuk. As they wanted to return to the initial charisma, our nuns began to organise prayer-educational seminars for girls that are regularly held since 1993.
Our journalists had opportunity to talk to many pilgrims in the last few months. One of them wasLayousse, young man from Israel who came here during the Youth Festival. “Young people are here and they are members of the prayer groups, while the leader of our group is the representative of one Israelite prayer movement in Vatican.
The prayer pro-life initiative «40 days for life» was held for the first time in Mostar from September 23 to November 1, 2015. The organisation team of this initiative shared with us their testimony about all of the graces they received while they prayed and spent time together outside the Clinical Hospital in Bijeli Brijeg, Mostar.