Dear brothers and sisters, I will speak in French, excuse me, for I have not yet learned the beautiful Croatian language!
We have gathered around the altar on the 5th Sunday of Lent. We have two more weeks from the Easter, and in a week time, it will be Palm Sunday, and in two weeks we are going to celebrate, at the end of Holy Week, the greatest Christian Feast Day - the Feast of the Resurrection. (photos)
Number of Holy Communions: 70 300
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1475 (47 per day)
The office of Apostolic Nuncio for Bosnia and Herzegovina released information on March 31, 2017 that the Special Envoy of the Holy See for the parish of Medjugorje “shall have press meeting on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 4 pm, with the respected representatives of the press, in the Hall of St. John Paul II, in the vicinity of the parish church in Medjugorje.” (kta)
Parish of St. Philip and James organised also this year a pilgrimage to Medjugorje for parents of children who will receive the sacraments of the Holy Communion and of the Holy Confirmation for the first time. This pilgrimage was held from March 24 -26, 2017.
After arriving to Sarajevo and paying visit to Mostar, the Special Envoy of the Holy See for the parish of Medjugorje, mons. Henryk Hoser, arrived to Medjugorje in the company of the Provincial of Herzegovina Neretva Province, Fr. Miljenko Steko. On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 29, he was welcomed by Fr. Marinko Sakota, the parish priest, brothers Franciscans, Franciscan School Sisters werving in Medjugorje and gathered parishioners and pilgrims. (foto)
Mons. Henryk Hoser, Special Envoy of the Holy See for Medjugorje, on the occasion of his arrival to Medjugorje, in the church of St. James said to all gathered:
The theme of the seminar is:
"That your love may increase ever more" (Phil 1:9)
In Our Lady's school
With the Mother of Life this seminar is intended for doctors and medical stuff, for those who defend life; it is prayer for those who have lost a child; for those who have been wounded by abortion or miscarriage; for spouses who long for a child, for pro-life activists; for victims of domestic violence, single parents, pregnant women…
On the feast of the Annunciation, Saturday, March 25, around 80 young people from the parish of Kocerin walked to Medjugorje. The pilgrimage was filled with the prayer, joy and communion. They departed around 8 am, and arrived to Medjugorje around 4 pm. YouFra Kocerin organises each year their pilgrimage to Medjugorje.
Polish people as a nation has special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and many of their pilgrims come to Medjugorje. Jakub Kubica, journalist from Poland was in Medjugorje recently, and he works as the associate of the Polish Informative Catholic Agency. The purpose of his trip here was to visit Medjugorje and to bring impressions to Polish people, prior to the coming of Holy Father’s Special Envoy, Archbishop Hoser.
Graduate students of the Catholic School Centre «St. Joseph», came to Medjugorje on a pilgrimage on March 22, 2017. This trip was on an occasion of their annual trip when they visit various places in Herzegovina, and according to their statements - they were all thrilled by Medjugorje. They visited community Cenacolo and spent some time around the church of St. james.
Mary Fernandez, 56 years old pilgrim from Miami, came to Medjugorje in 1988 for the first time. She is a pilgrim who tirelessly lives messages of Our Lady, and this is her 150th trip to this place of prayer and peace. Mary gave interview to radio Mir Medjugorje and said how her husband knew about Medjugorje before she did, but they never discussed that: „I read a book and learned about Medjugorje in it and I felt I should come here.
The visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo had daily apparitions from June 24th 1981 to December 25th 1982. During the last daily apparition, Our Lady gave her the 10th secret, and told her that she would appear to her once a year, on the 18th of March. It has been this way through the years. (photos)
Maurizio Baldacci, President of Association of Italian leaders to Marian Shrines (AIASM), participated in the 24th International Meeting for Group Leaders held in Medjugorje. He has been coming here since 2006, for these meetings and thinks such encounters are extremely important for formation of leaders of pilgrimages.
According to the information gathered in the Information Office, groups of pilgrims came in these first days of March from the following countries: Ukraine, Columbia, the United States, England, Korea, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Latvia, Slovenia and Romania. (photos)
Hermine Bader from Germany came to participate in the 24th International Meeting held in Medjugorje, as she is active in the Centre for Medjugorje in Germany. She said how this Meeting is extremely important, as well as their cooperation with Medjugorje parish. She came here as a pilgrim in 1997, for the first time: