"The war does not allow me to be with you in these days of grace in Medjugorje. I want to thank the Mother of God for taking care of the Ukrainian people, who last year were gifted with rosaries from our Mother through you young people, which you collected during last year's youth festival and then we took them all to Ukraine,'' said Jan Sobilo, among other things, inviting all to continue collecting rosaries for Ukrainians this year.
Try, therefore, to receive the seed of God's Word in your heart and make it bear good fruit: that way the dream of Jesus and the dream of the Church will have a happy ending for each of you, said the Apostolic Nuncio in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt.
With joy I address all of you who are participating in the Youth Festival in Medjugorje, which is an opportunity to celebrate and renew your faith. It is my desire that you may live these days as a spiritual pilgrimage which will lead you to an encounter with the Lord in the Eucharist, in Adoration, in Confession, in biblical catechesis, in the silent prayer of the Rosary, but also through the testimonies.
On this occasion, we also invite you to the bilingual Queen of Peace Congress, to be held in Miami from November 17th to 19th, 2023, in both Spanish and English. You will be receiving complete information about this event shortly.
"We also pray for future generations, that they too can live in the shade provided by the tree grown from mustard seeds, the tree of the Church where God gathers us, feeds us and prepares us for eternal life", concluded Međugorje parish priest Fr. Zvonimir Pavičić. (PHOTO)
The media will be addressed by the Apostolic Visitor with a special role for the parish of Medjugorje, Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, and the parish priest of Medjugorje, Fr. Zvonimir Pavičić, who will present the program of the 34th Youth Festival with more details.
The morning and afternoon program of the Youth Festival, as well as the evening prayer-liturgical program, will be available inCroatian and in many other languages, and in addition to the Media Mir Medjugorje channels that will broadcast everything, a large number of other media houses will also be included in the broadcasting of the Youth Festival, all who have received the rights to transmit, and the list of which is not yet final.
Soon a pilgrimage will be held in Medjugorje on the occasion of the Third World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be held on Sunday, July 23, 2023 under the motto: "From knee to knee is His goodness" (Lk 1, 50). The patron saint of the parish of Medjugorje, St. James will be celebrated on July 25, and a day later the 34th Youth Festival begins, which will last until the end of July. (PHOTO)
Number of Holy Communions: 200 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4812 (160 per day)
The program on this day in Medjugorje will begin at 5 p.m. with a catechesis held by Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, the Apostolic Visitor with a special role for the parish of Medjugorje, the prayer of the Rosary will be at 6 p.m., and the Holy Mass celebrated by the Medjugorje parish priest Fr. Zvonimir Pavičić will take place at 7 p.m.
Therefore, when you return home, when you come back home, when you are again in the same place and with the same people, become apostles who live what they experience and believe what they say: 'Yes, it is possible'. Everything is possible with Him! Everything is easier with Mary. Let's start again when we get home", were the words with which Fr. Jozo Grbeš concluded his homily celebrating the Holy Mass on the 42nd anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions in Medjugorje. (PHOTO)
The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2023. 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 7 minutes (18:38h - 18:45h), 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, I am in need of your prayers. Pray, pray, pray.”
Our Lady blessed us all.
Sunday is the 42nd anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions in Medjugorje. Holy Masses in the Croatian language are at 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 a.m. and the central solemn Holy Mass at 7 p.m. After the Holy Mass, one-hour Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar begins, which will continue in silence until 7 am.
"On Thursday, June 15, the Novena to the Queen of Peace begins," the Parish Office of Medjugorje anniuhced. Every day at 4 p.m. during these nine days, the rosary will be held on Apparition Hill.
This year's 34th Youth Festival is being held a week earlier than usual, because at the beginning of August is the World Youth Meeting in Lisbon, in which Pope Francis is also participating. The Youth Festival will be held from July 26 to 30 under the motto "Here are my mother and my brothers!" (Mt 12, 49)