The Franciscan Youth from Medjugorje held their first concert on Monday, June 10 in the Hall of St. John Paul II in Medjugorje. This concert was special because apart from the popular spiritual music, they also performed pop evergreens and music from the Youth Festival. Damir Bunoza, leader of music group of the Franciscan Youth said that he has been working with them for the last two year:
On Saturday, June 7, 2014, the scientific Symposium on occasion of 10th death Anniversary of Dr. Fr. Ljudevit Rupcic, that hosted eleven lecturers, was held in Medjugorje and was organised by the parish office Medjugorje, Franciscan Theology from Sarajevo and Biblical Institute of Catholic Theology Faculty from Zagreb. Dr. Fr. Miljenko Steko, Provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province, during his introduction and welcome speech, shortly presented life of Fr. Ljudevit and said that he was one of the most famous biblical experts that ever came from Croatia.
The concert organised by the parish of Medjugorje was held on Monday, June 2, 2014, at the White Dome of parish church of St. James, as a help to flooded areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. These were participants of the concert: Choir of the Queen of Peace, Jakov Čolo, Franciscan Youth of Međugorje, Melinda Dumitrescu, David Parkes, Choir “Friends”. Jela Odak, the President of the Guides Association for Pilgrims in the parish of Međugorje told us that the main initiator od this concert was Jakov Čolo:
The Scientific Symposium on the occasion of 10th death commemoration of Dr.Fr.Ljudevit Rupcic, will be organised on Saturday June 7, 2014 in Medjugorje in the Hall of St. John Paul II (Yellow Hall). The organisers are Parish office of St. James in Medjugorje, the Franciscan Theology Department in Sarajevo and Biblical Institute of Catholic Theology Faculty from Zagreb.
On Saturday, May 31, the Second International Seminar for doctors and medical staff was finished with celebration of the Holy Mass. 110 participants from 18 countries were gathered here and they came from: Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Puerto Ricco, Paraguay, Columbia, England, Caribbean, Ireland, Slovakia, the United States, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Seminar began on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, and the lecturers were Fr. Kornelije Marko Glogovic, the Provincial of the Croatian Paulist Province and Fr. Marinko Sakota, parish priest of Medjugorje parish.
Number of Holy Communions: 204 200
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 3663 (118 per day)
Topic: Spiritual Renewal of Soul and Body
The International Spiritual Seminar for Doctors and Nurses will be held in Međugorje, May 28 - 31, 2014
News about floods that have not been remembered so far and have affected parts of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, have travelled around the whole world. That is why many pilgrims have asked if Medjugorje was affected and if there was anything that they could do. Medjugorje is not close to those endangered areas but Medjugorje wishes to be close to all those who have felt or still feel consequences of this great natural catastrophe. Thereby we invite all pilgrims, people of good will and friends of Medjugorje to respond and help as much as they can. It is possible to do that through our humanitarian organisation Medjugorje - Mir - Mother's Village (that was founded in the time of the war and directed your help to all those in need) by giving your donations to this account:
After the completed preparation through religious classes, fifty-five children received the sacrament of the Holy Communion on May 18,2014. Fr. Stanko Cosic was the main celebrant of this solemn Holy Mass, and children's choir "Doves of Peace" made this celebration even more beautiful with their singing. Fr. Stanko said in his homily that this is a special gift for the children because they can receive Jesus: "Get to know Jesus, more you get to know Him, you will get to know more God. More you get to know Jesus, you will discover your own beauty. As flowers that are opening to the sun, your hearts will bloom. All of you parents, may you be example to your children."
Married couple Sergio and Ida came from Rome for the first time in Medjugorje and they were very grateful for that fulfilment of their wish. They said this was one really beautiful experience for them. Sergio said: “We were blessed that the weather was great as well. I encourage all to come here since this is one really moving experience. There is something on Apparition Hill that is hard to explain and I thought a lot about what could have moved the visionaries to climb up there. It seems correct what St. John Paul II said about Medjugorje being the confessional of the whole world. One can really feel inner joy and peace. All things from the everyday life settle in the right way, at its own place.”
Numerous pilgrims arrived to Medjugorje in the last few days and we had chance to speak to Peter O'Brien, law student, who comes from Cork in Ireland. This is his fourth visit to Medjugorje and he said that he came for the first time when his friend, a priest, paid a trip for him "I was here for one week and even though I heard for Medjugorje before, I could not know what was happening indeed here. After I returned home, I had experience of deep conversion. It was a profound conversion and from that time I became very interested in Catholicism, Holy Mass and confession.
We are now in the month that is especially devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and we are all invited to be included a bit more into the evening prayer programme and prayer of Rosary and Holy Mass, so we could thank Mary for all the graces She bestowed upon us. The timetable of the evening prayer programme had changed from May 1, and Rosary is now at 6 p.m., while Holy Mass is at 7 p.m. This period is very popular for many pilgrims, that according to the Information Office records, have arrived from Germany, Austria, Ireland, England, the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Poland, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Lebanon, Korea, Sweden and Norway. We had chance to talk to many pilgrims from Croatia and one of them, Zdenka from Rijeka, told us that this is her third visit to Medjugorje together with her parishioners.
Number of Holy Communions: 160 700
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 2418 (80 per day)
As it happens every year, starting with Thursday, May 1, 2014 the timetable of the evening prayer programme in Medjugorje is being changed. The Rosary will begin at 6 p.m. and Holy. Mass at 7 p.m. The other programme after. Holy Mass will be the same according to each day's schedule. The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesdays and Saturdays will be at 10 p.m., and at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, immediately after Holy Mass. Prayer of Rosary on Apparition Hill will be at 4 p.m. and of the Way of the Cross on Fridays on Cross Mountain also at the same time.
On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, we registered many groups in Medjugorje that came from Croatia, the United States, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Korea, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, France, Canada, Poland, Lebanon, Ukraine and Spain.
Among the pilgrims that came from Croatia, we met 80 years old Marija from Nova Gradiska who came to Medjugorje for the 80th time. She said that she was able to experience great grace here: "When I return home, my family says that they can feel peace, love and happiness. Nothing without the Lord, and all with the Lord. Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, for that is the greatest treasure and greatest love."