On Saturday, April 25, 2009, took place in Medjugorje a pilgrimage of bikers organised by the Christian Association KUP-KARMEL, the same that is organising the Peace Marathon. Robert Rukavina, president of the Association, imagined this pilgrimage as an event during which many bikers would discover new paths and visit a place where many wanted to go, but never did so.
On Saturday, April 25, took place in Medjugorje the pilgrimage of motorcyclists organized by the Christian association KUP-KARMEL. Among many others there were members of the club „Fjaka“ from Split. The club was founded in 2003, and counts 26 members. We asked Oliver Kolovrat about this pilgrimage:
The Croatian riding club “Konjanik” organized also this year a riding marathon to Medjugorje. Eight riders started at Kupres on Friday, April 24, in the morning, and on Saturday, April 25, four others joined them in Sovici. The goal in Medjugorje reached eight riders about 4 PM.
Valentin Inzko, the High Representative of the European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina visited Medjugorje on Saturday, April 18, 2009. He already came about twenty times. On Saturday, he assisted the Evening Mass at 6 PM. We spoke with him during his visit.
Between Palm Sunday and Easter, pilgrims from all over the world gathered together in Medjugorje: from Croatia to North America, from Lebanon and Palestine (the city of Nazareth) to Denmark, Belgium and Luxemburg, from Korea to La Martinique, Guadeloupe and La Reunion, from Austria, Germany and Switzerland to Malta, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy, from Romania and Hungary to Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, from Ireland and England to Lithuania, Latvia and Russia. (foto)
The parish Medjugorje and the pilgrims empathize with the victims of the serious earthquake that stroke Italy. In all the Masses in Medjugorje, special prayers are offered these days for this intention.
Holy Thursday - April 9 - Day of the institution of the Eucharist and of Priesthood. On that day, there is only one Mass - in the evening. In the morning, there is neither Mass nor Confessions. The Eucharist is the most precious of all that Jesus left us, therefore on that day everyone should assist Holy Mass.
Palm or Passion Sunday is an introduction into the Holy Week, which ends with the solemnity of the Resurrection. The Church remembers the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem few days before the Jewish feast of Pesah. This entry is described in all four Gospels (Mk 11,1-11, Mt 21,1-11, Lk 19,28-44, i Jn 12,12-19). The Church remembers also the Passion of Jesus, which followed. (foto)
The parish Medjugorje is preparing for the 20th International Youth Prayer Meeting – Mladifest, with the theme, “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2,5) (see: Program), (MORE)
Holy Communions distributed: 53.000
Concelebrating priests: 1.127 (36/day)
“Saint Cecily’s choir” from Jelsa, island Hvar, sung in Medjugorje on Friday, March 27, 2009. The evening Mass at 6 p.m. was presided by Fr. Stanko Jelčić, parish priest of Jelsa, and the choir under direction of Slavko Reljić sung during the Eucharistic celebration.
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 13:52 to 13:58.
What do you think about the Medjugorje phenomenon?
“I think that it is a blessed place and a grace of God; who goes to Medjugorje returns transformed, changed, he reflects himself in that source of grace that is Christ. Christ is at the same time the tap and the source. If in Medjugorje, as it is obvious by now, many conversions happen, it surely means that there is the hand of God. I believe that we should look at Medjugorje with serenity and trust, appreciating all the good and holy things that happen in that place.”
Bruno Volpe spoke with Mons. Giovanni Battista Pichierri, Bishop of Trani, in Puglia, who declared, “I think that the prudent position of the Church on the topic is just and legitimate. The visionaries continue to speak, therefore, it is necessary to wait. But if the faithful are coming in such a great numbers, there must be a positive reason for it”.
The sixteenth International Meeting for Leaders of Peace Centres and Medjugorje Prayer and Charity groups is taking place in Medjugorje from the 1st to the 5th of March 2009. The theme of the gathering is: “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening” (1 Sm 3, 9). Lecturers at the seminar are Fr. Petar Ljubičić, Fr. Miro Šego and Fr. Ljubo Kurtović. There are 166 participants from 14 countries.