May is a month devoted to Our Lady in a special way along with the month of October. We are all called to be a bit more actively involved in the evening prayer programme – prayer of Rosary and Holy Mass, so we would thank Mary for all graces we received in the last 36 years. (photos)
Number of Holy Communions: 160 300
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 2672 (89 per day)
Married couple Kristina and Zvonimir Barač come from the Croatian Catholic Mission Zürich in Switzerland. They have five children from 6 months to 10 years of age, and Kristina came to live there in the beginning of the homeland war here. They spoke on our radio Mir and shared the story of their conversion in Medjugorje, how their life of faith began when their first child was born and how they came with him here.
Croatian musician Marija Husar, together with Alan Hržica and Petar Buljan, led prayer and worship celebration on April 22, at the White Dome of St. James’ church in Medjugorje. Marija was our guest in the radio programme of radio Mir Medjugorje and she spoke about her experience of Medjugorje, as she has been coming here since 2004.
Fraternity “Marian Vow for Homeland”, founded by the youth and former soldiers, began their first pilgrimage called “Marian Vow for Homeland” in 2015. This pilgrimage shall pass through the most of the Marian shrines from the east to the south of Croatia, and they will also walk for a part of their journey in Bosnia and Herzegovina, through Medjugorje.
Snježana Ćurić from Livno is a member of the prayer community “Let us grow in the Lord”. She said that she was coming to Medjugorje as a child and now tries to come here on a pilgrimage at least three or four times a year. This is her third time to participate at the Meeting held this year from April 19-23, 2017 in Medjugorje.
Branch church in Surmanci, one of the hamlets of Medjugorje parish, situated in the valley of river Neretva, was blessed on the feast of Divine Mercy, April 7, 2002 and it was consecrated to Merciful Jesus. When faithful from the area as well as pilgrims arriving to Medjugorje, found out about this little church in that village, they started to come there for Holy Masses.
The third Meeting of Prayer Communities, Groups, Homes of Prayers, Associations united in the Coordination in the Renewal in the Holy Spirit was held in Medjugorje from April 19-23, with the participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina too.(photos)
As a part of the Encounter of Prayer Communities, Groups, Homes of Prayers and Associations joined into the Coordination of Renewal in the Holy Spirit of Croatia, prayer communities “God’s Victory” and “Heart of Jesus” held on Saturday, April 22, after the evening Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Damir Stojic, one-hour long prayer and worship celebration. (photos)
Many pilgrims gathered in Medjugorje also this year for Easter and all of them participated in the communion with parishioners in the liturgy of Easter Triduum. Pilgrims arrived from Poland, France, Belgium, India, Spain, Coast of Ivory, Germany, Austria, Korea, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, the United States, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, England, Ukraine, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Slovakia, India, Romania, and 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 2017 - fra Marinko Sakota
„That your love may increase ever more (Phil 1, 9) „In Our Lady’s School“
The 5th International Pilgrimage for Persons with Disabilities will be held in Medjugorje from June 15 – 18, 2017. Gathering and accommodation of pilgrims in homes of the parishioners shall take place on Thursday, June 15. What makes this pilgrimage more unique, it is the fact that parishioners of Medjugorje parish offer free accommodation to the participants. The Organisation Board of the Pilgrimage, along with the representatives of the local communities Medjugorje and Bijakovici, has made some decisions last year and those shall remain in force also this year, as follows:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (April 10- 12, 2017): Holy Masses in Croatian language are according to the regular schedule at 7.30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Confessions shall take place before the morning Mass and in the afternoon from 4.30 p.m.
Palm Sunday or the Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord traditionally is an introduction to Holy Week, as a preparation for Easter, the greatest Christian feast. As in the previous years, the liturgy of Palm Sunday began at the ruins of the old parish church. The procession began after the Gospel about the entrance of Our Lord into Jerusalem was read and the blessing of palm and olive branches followed. (photos)
The ambulance of the Order of Malta began with their activities in a new season in Medjugorje on this Palm Sunday. Their hours for urgent medicine are from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. They will continue to work until October 31, 2017.