The members of the community "Heart of Jesus" from Zagreb were in Medjugorje this last weekend. They participated in the evening prayer programme in the parish and climbed both hills in Medjugorje. The spiritual leader of this community, which has more than 500 members, is Fr. Ike Manduric, and the leader of the community is the musician Alan Hržica.
A large number of Slovenian pilgrims have been in Medjugorje during the past few days. Fr. Miodrag Kekić, is the assistant priest in the parish of Ljubljana Dravlje. He has been to Medjugorje on several occasions with pilgrims and he told us something about his experience: “Medjugorje means so much to me; this is where we have received a huge grace. I was 16 when I came here for the first time with my parents.
The members of the Catholic association “Emmaus” from Sarajevo arrived on Saturday, April 11, in Medjugorje on a pilgrimage to the Queen of Peace. Since Medjugorje is known as the confessional of the whole world, many of them took advantage of the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.
The first encounter of the charismatic prayer groups coordinated in Renewal in the Holy Spirit of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which gathered together more than 1000 participants, was held in Medjugorje from April 10-12. The encounter began with Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Ante Vuckovic, with many other priests, the spiritual leaders of prayer groups, who concelebrated at this and every other Holy Mass.
As the first encounter of the Charismatic Prayer Groups, coordinated in Renewal in the Holy Spirit of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, is about to begin here in Medjugorje, we had a chance to talk to Damir Zukanom and Lordan Ljubenkov, the representatives of the Initiative for joining the prayer communities in Renewal in the Holy Spirit.
The first Meeting of Charismatic Prayer Communities in mutual association in Renewal in the Holy Spirit of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina will be held in Medjugorje from April 10-12, 2015. The meeting will begin on Friday with the evening prayer programme in the parish church of St. James. The programme will consist of lectures and prayers.
Seven days devotion to the Divine Mercy is currently being held in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Sarajevo, and the Medjugorje Choir and theTambourine Orchestra Misericordia were invited to give a concert during one of the solemn evenings. (photos)
Many pilgrims gathered this Easter in Medjugorje and participated together with the parishioners in the liturgy of the Easter Triduum. They arrived from Germany, the United States, Austria, Italy, Korea, Ireland, Lebanon, Latvia, Slovakia, England, France, Spain, Ukraine, as well as from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. (photos)
“Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
To all parishioners, pilgrims, friends, benefactors, and to all men of goodwill a
Blessed and Happy Easter!
Parish priest and the Franciscans
Uskrsna cestitka 2015 - fra Marinko Sakota
The Information Office in Medjugorje registered in the beginning of the Holy Week pilgrims from Germany, the United States, Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, Korea, Slovenia and Ireland. Our journalists had opportunity to talk to some of them and they all expressed great joy for having arrived to this place which they plan to visit again. (foto)
The Franciscan Youth of Medjugorje is contributing to the spiritual atmosphere of Medjugorje in many different ways. As we are approaching Easter, they organised sale of their products at the stands close to the church of St. James. Zdravka Sego, the President of YouFra Medjugorje, spoke about this event:
Number of Holy Communions: 87 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1405 (45 per day)
Many pilgrims were in Medjugorje in the last few days and among them we were specially moved by a group of 45 pilgrims from the distant Pacific island Tahiti. Pierre Anlgaux, the group leader, said that he first came to Medjugorje in 1996:
Palm Sunday or the Sunday of the Lord's passion introduces us to Holy Week, the peak of the Lenten preparation for the celebration of Easter. As is the tradition, the liturgy of Palm Sunday began in the grounds of the old church at 10.30 a.m. The liturgical procession started with the Gospel reading of when the Lord entered Jerusalem, and after the blessing of palm and olive branches, the altar boys, readers, choir and the priests led the faithful towards the church of St. James. (photos)
The four day promotional screening of the documentary "IN ODIUM FIDEI – Out of hatred towards the faith “, produced by Laudato MediaCcentre, ended in Medjugorje on Saturday, March 28, 2015, when the film was shown in the Hall of St. John Paul II.