On November 8, we will commemorate the fifth death anniversary of Fr. Petar Vlasic, former parish priest of Medjugorje. Fr. Petar was born on July 19, 1938, in Sovici, parish of Gorica and was ordained as a priest on November 11, 1966. He performed various duties while being religious and a priest. He was a guardian of the Monastery in Mostar, as well as the member of the Herzegovina Franciscan Province’s Seat, and he served as an assistant parish priest and a parish priest in ten parishes of our Province. He served in Medjugorje since 1999, and was appointed as a parish priest in 2007, and remained at this function until his death. He radiated with goodness, simplicity and human gentleness, even in the difficult days of his severe illness. He was buried at Kovacica graveyard on November 9, 2012, just behind the parish church of St. James.
After the ceremony of blessings of the Great Hall of the Croatian Catholic University in Zagreb, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, held a press conference on Monday, October 30, on which occasion he answered a question regarding Medjugorje. As the Informative Catholic Agency reports, this is what the Cardinal said:
Gabrelle Russel, a female pilot from Malawi came to Medjugorje this September, and on that occasion she shared with Radio “Mir” her experience of conversion and how she ended up working for Mary’s Meals.
It all began in 1981. I am a professional pilot, but due to the severe spine injury, I ended up in the hospital, thinking that my life was coming to its end as well as my career. (photos)
Number of Holy Communions: 183 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 3983 (128 per day)
The ambulance Donum Dei of the Order of Malta in Medjugorje closed down their facilities in Medjugorje for this season on the last day of October.
The ambulance was opened in 2002, and placed in the vicinity of St. James’ church.
On the occasion of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, the Academic Choir Pro Musica Mostar and Chamber Orchestra shall perform DONA EIS REQUIEM – MAY THEY REST IN PEACE, as prayer for all faithful departed.
This performance shall take place at 8 pm in the church of St. James on Monday, October 30, 2017.
On Saturday, October 28, 2017, the 20th YouFra Festival was held in the Concert Hall of Herceg Stjepan Kosaca in Mostar.
The theme of this year’s Festival was “As long as I live, I shall sing to my God!”.
On Sunday, October 29, female vocal group “Mir” shall perform and give us their first independent concert at 7.30 pm in the hall of John Paul II.
Their friends and guests shall perform too. Their leader is Monija Jarak. Let us come and support them while enjoying their music. The entrance is free.
On Thursday, October 26, theatre group “Didak” of the parish Gradnici, shall have their theatre play “Smak svita”, at 8 pm in the Hall of John Paul II. The author of the play is Dragan Komadina, while director is Robert Pehar. We recommend this play “Smak svita” to all parents, children and the youth, but to the others as well!
International family of Mary’s Meals are in Medjugorje in these days as they arrived for the pilgrimage of thanksgiving. They all arrived and on Monday, October 9, they celebrated the 25th anniversary of the humanitarian work of the founder of Mary’s Meals Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow. Magnus and his wife Julie were guests in the programme of radio station „Mir“ Međugorje.
On the occasion of the 150 years since the beginning of the construction of the Franciscan Monastery in Humac, the scientific symposium shall be held in Humac from October 20-21, 2017 in the monastery of St. Anthony of Padua at the address: Trg Sv. Ante 1 Humac – Ljubuški.
The 100th Anniversary of salvation of the starving children from Herzegovina was commemorated with the Peace Walk, inspired by the walks Fr. Didak and his associates took, as well as all starving children who walked from different parts of Herzegovina to Mostar, where they were put on the trains for Slavonia and saved from the famine.
On October 9, 2017, in the Hall of St. John Paul II, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of humanitarian work of the founder of Mary’s Meals, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow. Along with the parishioners and friends, the great international family of Mary’s Meals gathered there, who are in these days here for the occasion of the pilgrimage in thanksgiving for all they have received through Medjugorje. (photos)
Fr. Marin Marić is a parish priest of parish Dezevice. Dezevice is a place not far from Sarajevo, 912 meters above the sea level and is consecrated to Our Lady of Snow, while St. James of the Marches is the patron saint.
Number of Holy Communions: 170 500
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4549 (151 per day)