Many pilgrims from all over the world arrived to the parish of Medjugorje, for the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25th, 2011. There were many pilgrims from Croatia, Italy, Germany, the United States, Romania, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Poland, Slovenia, Puerto Rico and Argentina. Eleven Holy Masses were celebrated during the day in both, the Chapel of Adoration and the Church of St. James. Three of those were in Croatian - at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., and 6 p.m. We also had the whole-night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., as we always have every 25th in the month, in thanksgiving to Our Lady for Her messages.
During the Lent, in a particular way, we meditate on Christ’s passion and death, praying the devotion of the Way of the Cross on Fridays at Cross Mountain at 2 p.m. and after evening Holy Mass at 7 p.m. This devotion is also on Sundays before the main Croatian morning Holy Mass, at 10.30 a.m., and after the evening Holy Mass at 7 p.m.
The visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo had daily apparitions from June 24th 1981 to December 25th 1982. During the last daily apparition, Our Lady gave her the 10th secret, and told her that she would appear to her once a year, on the 18th of March. It has been this way through the years. Several thousand pilgrims gathered in prayer of the Rosary at the 'Blue Cross'. The apparition lasted from 13:46 to 13:50.
Dear children! I am with you in the name of the greatest Love, in the name of dear God, who has come close to you through my Son and has shown you real love. I desire to lead you on the way of God. I desire to teach you real love so that others may see it in you, that you may see it in others, that you may be a brother to them and that others may see a merciful brother in you. My children, do not be afraid to open your hearts to me. With motherly love, I will show you what I expect of each of you, what I expect of my apostles. Set out with me. Thank you.
The spiritual renewal for the whole Province for March was held in Međugorje today. This renewal was intended as the retreat and part of the programme of the permanent formation. The main theme was the Reconciliation with God – Theory and Practice. This is the second time that similar retreat with the theme of reconciliation is being held in Međugorje.
This retreat was held in the Yellow Hall, at the back of the church of St. James. It started at 9.30 a.m. with the Mid – Morning Prayer, and was followed with the lecture of Dr. Fr. Ante Mateljan, the Professor of the Dogmatic Theology at the Catholic University in Split.
Professor Mateljan spoke for one hour about dogmatic and sacramental aspect of the sacrament of the healing, with a special emphasis on penance and reconciliation, giving details of all of the important parts of this sacrament.
After short recess, pastoral aspect of this issue was discussed, and questions were at the end. The discussion lasted for half an hour.
The Provincial, Fr. Ivan Sesar, celebrated the Holy Mass that began at 12.00 a.m., along with Fr. Ante, lecturer, Fr. Petar Vlašić, the parish priest, and 47 other priests who concelebrated. Fr. Ante gave a homily.
Novices and postulants were singing, with their Master, Fr. Stanko Mabić.
At the end, the Provincial thanked professor Mateljan, as well as the other Franciscan brothers, hosts and all those who were involved in the organisation of this retreat. This seminar was organised thanks to the cooperation of the Moderator of the Permanent Formation, Fr. Iko Skoko and thanks to Fr. Danko Perutina, Head of the Council for the Spirituality.
Seventy Franciscan brothers participated at this retreat. At the end, they all had a lunch together.
A group of eight pilgrims arrived to Medjugorje on Friday, March 4, 2011 from little town of Kamnik, Slovenia. They have planned their pilgrimage for a long period of time and all eight of them walked the first part of their journey when later six of them continued in their car and two of them – Miha Hribovsek and Vido Kregar walked another 560 km in 14 days. Upon arriving to Medjugorje, they first prayed before Our Lady’s statue in front of the church of St. James and thanked God and Our Lady for the journey they had taken and for all of the graces they had received. This was the first time for two of them to come to Medjugorje after they heard so much about it from their friends and relatives many years ago. They told us that during their journey most of the people were surprised after hearing that two of them were walking to Medjugorje. Nevertheless, they received so much support while travelling from those in the traffic to the people that offered them food, drinks, refreshments and even places to stay overnight.
Upon arriving to Medjugorje, they climbed the Apparition Hill and prayed the Rosary there and on the following day they climbed the Cross Mountain with other Slovenian pilgrims and at the end took part in the evening prayer programme. Bostjan Krajnc was with them, as a pilgrim, in the first part of their pilgrimage when eight of them walked together and he told us: “We have visited many pilgrimage destinations in Slovenia, we walked to Rome and Santiago de Compostela, but this pilgrimage was definitely the experience we never had.” When we asked them if they were planning to come back any time soon, their reply was that it would be in a few months time, for the 30th Anniversary of the apparitions.
According to the records from Information Office, groups from Italy, France, United States, Germany and Romania have come to Medjugorje in the first days of March. Holy Masses were celebrated in Croatian language as well as in the languages of those above mentioned countries. There were 23 priests concelebrating at the evening Holy Mass on March 1, 2011 in the church of St. James. We are still in the winter programme schedule that lasts until May 1st. From March 6th to March 10th there will be a seminar for group leaders and organizers of pilgrimages, heads of Medjugorje peace centers in the world and prayer group leaders. The theme of this seminar is: “….I am with you in all of the days until the end of the world”. Lecturers are Fr. Tomislav Pervan, Fr. Danko Perutina and Fr. Mate Dragicevic.
Number of Holy Communions: 26.900
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 780 (27 per day)
“The Seal of Vecernji list” is recognition to the mission of the Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina
February 28, 2011
Editorial board of Vecernji list, Bosnia and Herzegovina edition, chose Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina as the person most meritorious for promoting inter-religion dialogue
By Zoran Kresic
Archbishop Alessandro D’Errico, the Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina is a diplomat who spent his last five years in Bosnia and Herzegovina and who is indeed serving to this country, fighting for the interests of her people and working on building harmonious composition in which we Croats, Catholics would be in equal position with two other people. Editorial board of Vecernji list , chose Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina as the person most meritorious for promoting inter-religion dialogue and tolerance.
This February, as always, is a period when Medjugorje is not so packed with pilgrims. According to Information office, there have been groups from United States, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Italy, Korea and Poland. We met Radoslav Daduliak from Slovakia who is currently working in Prague. Together with his wife Maria, this is their first trip to Medjugorje. He told us about his life and he is full of impressions about Medjugorje. “This is the first place I visited where you can feel how people live together with God. You can hear prayer; one indeed lives faith in Medjugorje. For me, Medjugorje is the most beautiful place in the whole world”, said Radoslav.
From 4th to 7th February in Siroki Brijeg we remembered 66 years that passed since Herzegovinian Franciscans were killed, and the event is called Days of Killed Franciscans. 66 Franciscans were killed only from Herzegovinian Province during and after the World War II. Since 34 of them were from Siroki Brijeg monastery, and 12 were burned in the garden in front of the church, Siroki Brijeg was appointed as central place in the Province were this will take place and central day of celebration is on February 7th.
February 10th is the Memorial Day of Blessed Alojzije Stepinac and day when we remember killed Franciscans from Medjugorje parish. Holy Mass at 6 p.m. will be celebrated for following late priests: Friar Krizan Galic, Friar Jozo Bencun, Friar Marko Dragicevic, Friar Mariofil Sivric, Friar Grgo Vasilj and Friar Jenko Vasilj who were brutally killed in the World War II.
Holy Mass for seven Franciscans killed in Mostar will be celebrated on Monday, February 14th, and amongst those three were from Medjugorje parish: Friar Jozo Bencun, Friar Grgo Vasilj and Friar Bernardin Smoljan who built the cross on the Cross Mountain as a parish priest back in 1933.
Dr. Tomislav Ivancic conducted spiritual renewal in Medjugorje from January 28th to January 30th, 2011. He has been involved in the events of Medjugorje ever since October 1982 and has conducted up to this date numerous spiritual renewals, retreats, lectures and gave a number of homilies in this parish. Spiritual renewal began on Friday, January 28th with the evening Holy Mass that Dr. Ivancic celebrated. Apart from leading the evening prayer programme, he also gave a number of other talks for parishioners, employees of Parish Office, owners of pensions and hotels, as well as for the children and the youth.
He met with members of community “Merciful Father”. On Sunday, January 30th he was the main celebrant at two morning Holy Masses, 9.30 a.m. for the children and their parents and at 11 a.m. central morning Holy Mass for the parish, which was the end of spiritual renewal. Besides parishioners, this was opportunity for faithful from other parishes to come and to participate at the programme. (photo)
Number of Holy Communions: 51.500
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 948 (30 per day)
From Friday, January 28 to Sunday, January 30 there will be spiritual renewal held in the parish of Medjugorje and leader is going to be Dr. Tomislav Ivancic from Zagreb.
“Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed” (Jn 20, 29)
Christianne Claessens – the first witness of healing of woman from Switzerland Joelle Beuret – Devanthery in Medjugorje, in October 2010, as she describes the pilgrimage and all of the events.
On Saturday, October 16, 2010, forty six people, mostly from the parish of St. Frances de Sales and St. Therese, began their private pilgrimage to Medjugorje. It was our twentieth private pilgrimage that was taking place at the time when we remembered twentieth anniversary of forming the prayer group of Queen of Peace. For our group, that was a wonderful opportunity to thank the Lord, since Mary took each one of us by our hand, and guided us despite all of the difficulties that we had throughout these last twenty years. Indeed, Satan cannot stand Virgin Mary and he therefore hates all of the prayer groups that she desires to be founded in every single parish. Through God’s grace, we remained faithful and we used to gather every Monday for prayer, meditation of Christ’s life, all accompanied with the messages that Mary gave and is still giving every month in Medjugorje.
Along with many parishioners and people from this region, numerous pilgrims have arrived from all over the world to be here, in Medjugorje for New Year’s prayer vigil. According to the registration data in Information Office, there were pilgrims from around 15 European countries, as well as groups from Korea, Lebanon, United States, Ghana, Honduras, Benin and other countries. After Holy Mass of Thanksgiving, community Cenacolo had another live Nativity scene performance in front of the church of St. James. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament started at 10 p.m. and Vigil Holy Mass at 11.30 p.m. Fr. Danko Perutina was the main celebrant and there were 136 priests concelebrating as well. The whole evening prayer programme was simultaneously translated in many world languages, and International Youth Choir and Orchestra accompanied the whole programme with their song and music. Thousands of these young people came to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Medjugorje, far from the usual, ordinary way of celebration practiced in the rest of the world. Church of St. James was too little for so many people, and programme was broadcasted through video walls in the Yellow Hall, in the green tent, while the White Dome and the area in front of the church were also full of people that could not fit any of these provided areas. Radio station “Mir” Medjugorje, as well as many internet portals broadcasted the whole programme from the church of St. James.
Number of Holy Communions: 75.500
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1424 (45 per day)