Stipo Lubar, 59 years old man born in Bugojno in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but lives in Austria at the moment, walked with his wife and son from Bugojno for the Anniversary of Gospa’s apparitions. Their pilgrimage lasted for more than three days and they arrived on the Eve of Anniversary, on June 24, 2015. Stipo said that he has been coming to Medjugorje since 1982, nine times before the war and ten times after the war:
The 24th Peace Walk was held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 on the Feast of St. John the Baptist and on the eve of the 34th Anniversary of Gospa’s apparitions. Many pilgrims participated in this Walk that started at 6.20 a.m. in front of the monastery of St. Anthony in Humac and finished outside the church of St. James in Medjugorje. (video); (photos)
After 70 days of walking, a group of five pilgrims arrived to Medjugorje on Friday, June 19, 2015. They came to Medjugorje with a special type of trollies where they had 3 meters tall image of Divine Mercy Jesus. Roman, one of the pilgrims said in his interview that their journey is from Medjugorje to Rome:
Pilgrims are coming to Medjugorje in various ways and by various means. In these days, prior to the 34th Anniversary of Gospa’s apparitions, we had chance to talk to Radek Nikolic, 48 years old man from Krizevci, who arrived to Medjugorje on June 22, 2015, after 5 days of travelling and 600 kilometres behind him.
Medjugorje will celebrate the 34th Anniversary of Gospa’s apparitions on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Holy Masses in Croatian language will be in the parish church at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and the solemn Holy Mass will be at 7 p.m. The programme will continue at 10 p.m. with the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 7 a.m. on the following day. We kindly ask all drivers around Herzegovina to be very careful due to all those who will be walking to Medjugorje.
Father Giuseppe Piva from Vicenza visited Medjugorje recently. He began his priesthood with the Franciscans of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but because of his health difficulties he had to leave that order and he is now active as the Diocesan priest in Palestrina, close to Rome. He came to Medjugorje in 1986 after he completed high school and told us this:
On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, on the Feast of Nativity of St. John the Baptist, we are celebrating the Eve of Gospa’s apparitions in Medjugorje. As it is tradition, the Peace Walk will start from shrine of St. Anthony in Humac at 6 a.m. and the arrival in front of the parish church will be around 10 a.m. We invite all parishioners, pilgrims and especially the youth, to join us in this prayer. Holy Masses in Croatian language will be held at 7, 8, 11 and 7 p.m. Rosary on Apparition Hill will not take place.
May pilgrims are arriving to Medjugorje in this period of Novena to the Queen of Peace, and among them we had chance to meet Siniša Pucić from Rijeka, Croatia. He is at the moment a Franciscan postulant in Samobor, close to Zagreb, Croatia. He spoke to us about his life in the monastery and about the influence of Medjugorje on his vocation.
Novena for the Anniversary began on June 15, 2015 and many groups of pilgrims along with numerous parishioners are climbing Apparition Hill every day. Rosary on Apparition Hill is at 4 p.m. every day and Franciscans from Medjugorje are leading this prayer. The evening prayer programme begins at 6 p.m. with the Rosary that is led by parishioners, and Holy Mass at 7 p.m. with the Franciscans who were at one point of their service related to Medjugorje.
Musician Dorijan Škrobonja, a pilgrim from Rijeka, had a special experience of Gospa’s nearness in Medjugorje. After that extraordinary event, he composed a song devoted to Mary, called: “Beneath Thee, O Mother”. This is what he told us about his experience of Medjugorje: “I came here for the first time in 1987-1988, with my parents, as I come from the Catholic family and my parents taught me about the faith and the Mother of God from my early childhood.
The 4th International Pilgrimage for Persons with Disabilities finished on Sunday, June 14, with the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Marinko Sakota, the parish priest. The pilgrimage was held with the theme “In Mary’s School” and gathered around 1500 participants. Parishioners of Medjugorje parish provided free accommodation to the groups of pilgrims from Latvia, Ukraine, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, the United States, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. (photos)
Parishioners and pilgrims are preparing for the 34th Anniversary of Gospa’s apparitions with the Novena that began on Monday, June 15, 2015. Rosary will be on Apparition Hill every day at 4 p.m. On Friday, the parish will not pray the Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain, but instead there will be Rosary on Apparition Hill. The evening prayer programme begins at 6 p.m. with the Rosary and Holy Mass is at 7 p.m.
The Pilgrimage for Persons with Disabilities is being held in Medjugorje at the moment with the theme: “In Mary’s School”. The idea for organising this pilgrimage came from Sr. Rastislava Ralbovsky who was coming to Medjugorje for many years with the community of persons with special needs from Djakovo in Croatia.
Pilgrims from Ukraine are participating at this 4th International Pilgrimage for Persons with Disabilities. „Last year we only had one bus from Ukraine and this year we have three and all thanks to good people. We were able to see in the concrete deeds that love and goodness exists.
The 4th International Pilgrimage for Persons with Disabilities began in Medjugorje on Thursday, June 11, with the evening Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Marinko Sakota, coordinator of this pilgrimage along with 44 other priests concelebrating with him. The organiser of this meeting is the Association “Encounter” from Citluk, in cooperation with Mother’s Village and parish office Medjugorje. (photos)