Number of Holy Communions: 51 900
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1388 (46 per day)
On Sunday, November 27, the first encounter this Advent was held on the grounds of the old parish church in Medjugorje. As in the previous year, the hosts of this first gathering were parishioners from Miletina hamlet. Medjugorje parish priest, Fr. Marinko Sakota, lit the first candle of the Advent Wreath. photos)
On Thursday, November 24, 2016, Medjugorje commemorated the 16th anniversary of Fr. Slavko’s death. Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic was the main celebrant of the evening Holy Mass, with parish priest Fr. Marinko Sakota, Fr. Dragan Ruzic, Director of Mother’s Village and 16 more priests concelebrating. (photos)
On Thursday, November 24, 2016, parishioners of Medjugorje parish and all pilgrims will commemorate Fr. Slavko’s 16th death anniversary by climbing Cross Mountain at 2 pm, and by celebration of the Holy Mass at 6 pm in the parish church. Fr. Slavko died on Cross Mountain on Friday, November 24, 2000, at 3.30 pm, after having completed the Way of the Cross for the parish.
Vice President of the Government of Republic of Croatia, Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic, was in working visit to Medjugorje on Wednesday, November 16, at the invitation of Defence Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Marina Pendes.(photos)
The 17th International Seminar for Married Couples was held in Medjugorje from 9-12 November with the theme "Be as merciful as your Heavenly Father is" (Lk 6,36). There were around 200 participants from 10 countries, and the lecturers were Fr. Ivan Filipović and married couples from Cenacolo community. (photos)
The 25th Anniversary of the Association of Guides for Pilgirms in Medjugorje Parish was solemnly celebrated on Monday, November 7. The celebration of this great anniversary began with the evening prayer programme in St. James church. (photos)
The 17th International Seminar for married couples will be held
in Medjugorje from November 9-12, 2016
Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful. (Lk 6, 36)
In Our Lady's School
On Monday, October 31, documentary movie, work of movie director Jakov Sedlar “I was not afraid to die” was shown in Medjugorje on October 31, in the Hall of John Paul II. This movie is about Anton Kikas and his patriotic mission in 1991. (photos)
Number of Holy Communions: 200 800
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 3769 (121 per day)
On the last day of October, ambulance Donum Dei of Order of Malta in Medjugorje, concluded their work for this year in Medjugorje parish.
The ambulance was opened in 2002, and is located in the vicinity of St. James church. The volunteers in this ambulance are offering free health service, all working in the spirit and motto of Order of Malta – defence of faith and help to those in need.
Linda Christy, a pilgrim from Canada, came recently to Medjugorje for another pilgrimage and on that occasion she spoke on radio Mir Medjugorje about her healing that took place here. She told us that she was in a wheelchair for a while and for 18 years she could only walk with crutches.
Even though we are in the end of October, huge numbers of pilgrims are in Medjugorje each day, especially on weekends when they come in great numbers from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. The last weekend was particularly busy, when many pilgrims arrived from Vitez and Posavina. Fr. Velimir Bavrka, parish priest of Vitez parish was with them and he said:
Ever since the beginning of October, month dedicated to Our Lady, many pilgrims have come to Medjugorje from all over the world. The largest groups of pilgrims arrive from Croatia. The last weekend, a group of 75 pilgrims from the parish of St. John the Baptist, from Postire, island Brac, arrived here. The organiser of this pilgrimage is Vilma Lazaneo, who said in the programme of Radio „Mir“ Medjugorje that parishioners from this parish arrive here at least once a month. (photos)
Fr. Marino Kuzminski is a Franciscan member of Croatian Province of St. Cyril and Methodius. At the moment, he is serving as the assistant parish priest in the parish of the Most Holy Trinity in Karlovac. He came to Medjugorje in 1988 for the first time and he still remembers well this pilgrimage even though he was only 8 years old at the time.