The vocal group „Laetitia“ (made of YouFra Medjugorje members) held their first solo concert on Sunday, May 31 in the Hall of St. John Paul II in Medjugorje. This vocal group was established more than a year ago, at the initiative of their leader Monija Jarak and the parish priest Fr. Marinko Šakota.
Number of Holy Communions: 200 300
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 3774 (121 per day)
The summer timetable of the evening prayer programme begins on June 1 in Medjugorje. Rosary will be at 6 p.m., Holy Mass at 7 p.m. and after Holy Mass there will be regular prayer schedule, depending on the each day. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturdays and Tuesdays will be at 10 p.m., and on Thursdays at 8 p.m. after the evening Holy Mass.
The coordinator: Fr. Marinko Sakota, parish priest of Medjugorje parish
The fourth pilgrimage for persons with disability will be held in Medjugorje from June 11-14,2015. The main organiser of this pilgrimage is the Association "Susret" (Encounter), from Citluk in cooperation with the parish office Medjugorje and Mother's Village.
Radio station Mir Medjugorje made short audio announcements of the visit of pope Francis to Bosnia and Herzegovina, which are to be broadcasted in radio programmes. These musical announcements, with statements of pope Francis also contain the invitation to the faithful for joyful participation in the Holy Mass with pope Francis on stadium Kosevo in Sarajevo, on June 6. Some of the prayer themes of this visit are also in the jingles that are being broadcasted at the moment and are for free use in the radio programmes.
At the end of May many pilgrims came to Medjugorje from Germany, Austria, the United States, Italy, France, Ireland, England, Mexico, Poland, Slovenia, Belgium, Korea, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Indonesia. We had chance to talk to Fr. Niki a Devcic, a member of the Franciscan Province of St. Jerome with the seat in Zadar.
Therese Gloumeau from far Barbados came to Medjugorje in the middle of May to participate at the retreat held for doctors and medical workers. She is a cardiologist and has been doing that for 44 years now. This is what Therese told us about her trip to Medjugorje: „Our journey is very long as we need to fly for 36 hours.
On Sunday, May 17, 57 children from Medjugorje parish received for the first time the sacrament of Holy Communion. Fr. Dragan Ruzic celebrated the solemn Holy Mass at 10 a.m., and celebration was more solemn and beautiful thanks to the singing of children's choir "Doves of Peace", conducted by Sr. Irena Azinovic. Two days prior to this solemn sacrament, children had the sacrament of the Holy Confession for the first time, in the company of their parents who confessed together with them.
The spiritual renewal of the Franciscan Youth from Mostar was held from May 8-10, 2015, in Međugorje. The goal of this spiritual renewal was the preparation for the upcoming ceremony of promises and vows in their Fraternity.
The Third International Seminar for doctors and medical workers was held in Medjugorje from May 13-16,2015. This seminar gathered more than 200 participants from 16 countries, and the lecturer was Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic, parish priest from Veljaci in Herzegovina. The theme of this seminar was „Peace be with you“.
The sacrament of the Holy Confirmation was given to 81 young people from Medjugorje parish on Saturday, May 16. Mons. Ratko Peric, bishop of Mostar-Duvno Diocese, ministered this sacrament in the church of St. James during the solemn celebration that took place at 10 a.m. The main choir of Medjugorje parish, conducted by Sr. Irena Azinovic, made this celebration even more solemn.
Međugorje, July 31 - August 6, 2015
Peace be with you! (Jn 20, 21)
Among the participants of the Third International Seminar for Doctors and Medical Workers in Medjugorje, we had opportunity to meet dr. Danijela De Micheli Vitturi from Split, who is specialising family medicine. Dr. De Micheli Vitturi took part in every one of these three seminars. She said: „The theme of the seminar „Peace be with you“ gives a message that those who come to Medjugorje will receive peace, so they may see where does the restlessness come from, whether it is their personal or in the world around them. As doctors, we are invited to take care of the health of the whole person, we cannot see the person if we exclude her soul.
Topic: "Peace be with you!" (John 20, 21)
Spiritual Renewal of Soul and Body
The International Spiritual Seminar for Doctors and Nurses
will be held in Međugorje, May 13 - 16, 2015
Jorge Zvala was born in El Salvador, but he grew up in San Francisco. He said that he was just like many of the other young boys and girls of his age. He was far from the Church and he did not know how to pray. “When I had to remember some prayers from my childhood, they would be the Our Father and Hail Mary, but I could not remember the Creed at all. I recall that as a young man I sought happiness.