New album of Mario Zovko „Ave Maria Sacred Arias“ is now available in the souvenir shop of the Information Centre Mir Medjugorje, the first album of this author produced since 2007. This project was developed for two years and Zovko is the author of orchestra arrangements and production, vocals were recorded with his old friend Fr. Gordan Bozic, all mentored by another one of his old and good friends, maestro Fr. Dragan Filipovic, while the members of the female vocal group Draca sing as back vocals.
On Monday, July 8, the 24th Spiritual Retreat for the Priests began in Medjugorje with the evening Holy Mass celebrated by dr. fra Miljenko Šteko, the Provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province.
Parishioners of Medjugorje hosted all priests also this year at the retreat held with the theme “Follow me! “ (Mk 10, 21) and will be continued with prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and lectures. (photo)
The spiritual retreat shall be held in Medjugorje from July 8-13, 2019. As in the previous years, several hundreds of priests shall take part in this retreat and in the prayer programme held in the church of St. James. The theme of this retreat, as well as of all the other events held in this year is „Follow me!“ (Mk 10, 21). Detailed programme is available here.
Number of Holy Communions: 219 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4567 (147 per day)
Fr. Miljenko Šteko said at the beginning that “we wish to praise God for our holy Church, that recognised all fruits of Medjugorje and became specially present here through the Apostolic Visitor Archbishop Henryk Hoser, who entrusted me with the celebration of this Holy Mass and whose greetings I would like to pass on.''
Fr. Miljenko Šteko said in his homily that Mary forwards us to the strength and power of the Holy Spirit, not to our own strength. She directs us to be opened to God’s grace, to completely surrender to it, so this grace can be reflected in us. (photo)
The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2019. At her last daily apparition on May 7, 1985, Our Lady confided to Ivanka the 10th secret and told her that she would have an apparition once a year on the anniversary of the apparitions. It was that way also this year.
The apparition, which lasted 4 minutes (18:37h - 18:41h), took place at Ivanka’s family home. Only Ivanka’s family was present at the apparition. After the apparition, Ivanka said:
Our Lady gave the following message: “Little children, pray, pray, pray.”
At the Eve of the Apparitions of the Queen of Peace in Medjugorje, the Feast of St. John the Baptist, June 24, Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic was the main celebrant of the evening Holy Mass with 196 priests concelebrating and many faithful who arrived on this occasion.
Fr. Ljubo is the parish priest in Humac, where the Peace Walk began yesterday with the blessing of pilgrims and prayer outside the shrine of St. Anthony in Humac at 6 am and arrived to Medjugorje around 10 am. Fr. Marinko Sakota led the prayers during this traditional Walk. Today we celebrate the Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions and the main Holy Mass shall take place at 7 pm, followed by the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 7 am, as it is the practice on every 25th in the month. (photo)
The Corpus Christi Solemnity on June 20, 2019 was celebrated in Medjugorje and the evening Holy Mass main celebrant was the Apostolic Visitor for the parish of Medjugorje, Archbishop HenrykHoser with 34 priests concelebrating.
The Procession with the Most Blessed Sacrament followed after the evening Holy Mass with many parishioners, priests, religious and pilgrims from all over the world. The Benediction at the White Dome altar followed after the liturgical readings, Rosary and songs as the part of this Procession. (photo)
On Monday, June 24, the Feast of Nativity of St. John the Baptist, we are celebrating the Eve of Gospa’s apparitions in Medjugorje. As it is tradition, the Peace Walk will start from shrine of St. Anthony in Humac at 6 a.m. and the arrival in front of the parish church will be around 10 a.m.
On Tuesday, June 25, we celebrate the 38th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje. Holy Masses in Croatian language will take place from the early morning in the parish church and the solemn Holy Mass will be at 7 pm. The whole-night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will start after the Holy Mass and will continue until 7 a.m. on the following day.
Holy Masses, testimonies, dances, prayer of Rosary and the Way of the Cross is something that marked this pilgrimage and many of them had their major desire fulfilled when they were taken up in the hands of people and communities from Medjugorje – Mary’s Hands, Cenacolo, Mountain Rescue Service, taxi drivers and many others carried all disabled up to the apparition site.
After Sunday Holy Mass, farewell and departure, many of them anticipate the following year and their coming here again, since for all of them this is the unique opportunity to meet with the people who have same problems, to get to know each other better, but also to be able to come to Apparition Hill, something that is impossible in the ordinary circumstances. (photo)
The 8th International Pilgrimage for Persons and Children with Disabilities began in Medjugorje last night and more than 2000 participants gathered, all accommodated for free in the homes and hotels of the parishioners.
Fr. MarinkoSakota, Medjugorje parish priest, was the main celebrant last night and he welcomed all participants and thanked the parishioners who were extremely generous in taking all these people in their homes. This morning, during the introduction of the groups and associations from different countries and regions, he thanked them again and said: “This is the feast, the celebration and the joy! Thanks be to God for this all!” (photo)
The International Pilgrimage for Children and Persons with Disabilities is taking place in Medjugorje in these days. This is the eighth such pilgrimage and it is finishing on Sunday, June 9.
People from Medjugorje will provide food and accommodation in their hotels, homes and restaurants for more than 2000 participants of this pilgrimage from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Italy, England, Poland, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. They arrived today and began their pilgrimage with the evening prayer programme.
The theme of this pilgrimage, as well as of all the other spiritual retreats held in Medjugorje is „Follow me!“ (Mk 10, 21).
The International Spiritual Retreat for Life was held in Medjugorje from May 29 to June 1, and there were more than 150 participants from 13 countries.
The theme of this year was In Our Lady's School - “Follow me” (Mk 10:21).
The 8th International Pilgrimage for Persons and Children with Disabilities shall be held in Medjugorje from June 6-9, 2019. (photo)
Number of Holy Communions: 190 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4177 (134 per day)
Summer schedule of the prayer programme begins on June 1st and will be in force until September 1, 2019. Rosary will be at 6 p.m. and Holy Mass at 7 p.m. while after Holy Mass the regular prayer programme will follow, depending on the day in the week.