The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2017.
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.
Many pilgrims came walking to Medjugorje for the 36th Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions and among them was a group of 30 pilgrims who walked from Rama. Their journey started on Friday, June 23, early in the morning and they came to Medjugorje on Sunday morning, on the Anniversary day.
Today, on the Feast of St. John the Baptist and on the Eve of the 36th Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions, as every year since 1992, the International Peace Walk was held from the Franciscan monastery of St. Anthony in Humac, to Medjugorje parish church of St. James.(foto)
Fr. Goran Azinovic was the main celebrant of the Holy Mass celebrated at the White Dome at 11 am and that was solemn conclusion of the 6th International Pilgrimage for Persons with Disabilities, held from Thursday, June 15. The largest number of the participants gathered this year, around 2200 of them, and some of them shared their experiences just before this Holy Mass. (photos)
On Sunday, June 25th, we will celebrate the 36th Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions. Holy Masses in Croatian language will be at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11 am, and the solemn Holy Mass will be at 7 pm. At 10 pm, the monthly whole-night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin and the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed until 7 am on the following day.
On Saturday, June 24, on the feast of St. John the Baptist, we celebrate the Eve of Our Lady’s Apparitions in Medjugorje. Traditionally, each year, we will meet outside the monastery of St. Anthony in Humac and begin the walk there. Pilgrims are to arrive outside the St. James’ church at 10 am.
Nearly all the time there are pilgrims climbing the Apparition Hill and praying before the Statue of Our Lady there. Each afternoon, from June 15-23, there is Rosary there at 4 pm. During the day, Holy Masses are celebrated in different languages, and the evening prayer programme starts with the Rosary at 6 pm. Many pilgrims will come for this Anniversary on their feet to Medjugorje and many are coming in these days before the Anniversary.
Peace Walk is a walk of prayer held from Humac to Medjugorje and initiated in 1992. Ever since that year, it is held each year on the Feast of St. John the Baptist, the eve of Our Lady’s Apparitions. In the beginning, the priests carried the Blessed Sacrament, later on the Statue of Our Lady and now they carry crucifix, while all others are praying and walking behind.
The 7th International Pilgrimage of Families was held in Medjugorje from June 16-18, 2017, organised by the Association „Kup Karmel“ from Zagreb. Robert Rukavina organised this pilgrimage in 2010, for the first time, after he had tried organisation of several other pilgrimages with his Association.
On Saturday, June 17, after the evening prayer programme, as a part of the 6th International pilgrimage for persons with disabilities, there was a presentation of the book “Do not break the crushed reed: Life with God-given difficulties”, authors Fr. Goran Azinović, OFM and Fr. Zvonko Benković, OFM. (photos)
At the 6th International Pilgrimage for Persons with Disabilities, held in Medjugorje in these days that finished on June 18, Sr. Marija Klara Klarić from the Merciful Sisters of St. Cross from Djakovo. Sr. Marija Klara, accompanies persons with disabilities along with Sr. Rastislava, and she has been coming to Medjugorje for the last nine years.
66 young boys and girls, students of the eight grade, 39 girls and 27 boys, received the sacrament of the Holy Confirmation on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Mons. Dr. Ratko Peric, bishop of Mostar – Duvno Diocese, was the main celebrant of the Holy Mass at 10 am in the parish church of St. James. (photos)
The 6th International Pilgrimage for Persons with Disabilities began in Medjugorje on Thursday, June 15, 2017 by the gathering and the evening prayer programme held at the White Dome of St. James' church. Fr. Slavko Soldo led the prayer of the Rosary, while Fr. Ante Vuckovic, celebrated the solemn Holy Mass, with 41 priests concelebrating. (photos)
Fr. Ante Vuckovic, with 41 priests concelebrating, celebrated the solemn Holy Mass on the Feast of Corpus Christi. Fr. Slavko Soldo led the prayer of the Rosary. As in the previous years, the procession with the Blessed Sacrament followed on the streets of Medjugorje with many priests, religious and nuns, parishioners and pilgrims. (photos)
Fr. Marinko Sakota had opportunity to welcome one truly special guest at the end of Holy Mass on Tuesday, June 13, celebrated by Fr. Iko Skoko with 24 priests concelebrating. This was Cardinal Ernest Simoni from Albania, who suffered great deal during the time of the communist regime in Albania.