On Sunday, May 17, 57 children from Medjugorje parish received for the first time the sacrament of Holy Communion. Fr. Dragan Ruzic celebrated the solemn Holy Mass at 10 a.m., and celebration was more solemn and beautiful thanks to the singing of children's choir "Doves of Peace", conducted by Sr. Irena Azinovic. Two days prior to this solemn sacrament, children had the sacrament of the Holy Confession for the first time, in the company of their parents who confessed together with them.
The spiritual renewal of the Franciscan Youth from Mostar was held from May 8-10, 2015, in Međugorje. The goal of this spiritual renewal was the preparation for the upcoming ceremony of promises and vows in their Fraternity.
The Third International Seminar for doctors and medical workers was held in Medjugorje from May 13-16,2015. This seminar gathered more than 200 participants from 16 countries, and the lecturer was Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic, parish priest from Veljaci in Herzegovina. The theme of this seminar was „Peace be with you“.
The sacrament of the Holy Confirmation was given to 81 young people from Medjugorje parish on Saturday, May 16. Mons. Ratko Peric, bishop of Mostar-Duvno Diocese, ministered this sacrament in the church of St. James during the solemn celebration that took place at 10 a.m. The main choir of Medjugorje parish, conducted by Sr. Irena Azinovic, made this celebration even more solemn.
Međugorje, July 31 - August 6, 2015
Peace be with you! (Jn 20, 21)
Among the participants of the Third International Seminar for Doctors and Medical Workers in Medjugorje, we had opportunity to meet dr. Danijela De Micheli Vitturi from Split, who is specialising family medicine. Dr. De Micheli Vitturi took part in every one of these three seminars. She said: „The theme of the seminar „Peace be with you“ gives a message that those who come to Medjugorje will receive peace, so they may see where does the restlessness come from, whether it is their personal or in the world around them. As doctors, we are invited to take care of the health of the whole person, we cannot see the person if we exclude her soul.
Topic: "Peace be with you!" (John 20, 21)
Spiritual Renewal of Soul and Body
The International Spiritual Seminar for Doctors and Nurses
will be held in Međugorje, May 13 - 16, 2015
Jorge Zvala was born in El Salvador, but he grew up in San Francisco. He said that he was just like many of the other young boys and girls of his age. He was far from the Church and he did not know how to pray. “When I had to remember some prayers from my childhood, they would be the Our Father and Hail Mary, but I could not remember the Creed at all. I recall that as a young man I sought happiness.
Many pilgrims have arrived in Medjugorje during the last few days and the largest groups have come from Italy. We were blessed to have Manuel Reato, a 34 year old young man, who comes from Turin in Italy, visit our radio station, as he has been a listener and supporter for many years now. Manuel also brings groups of pilgrims to Medjugorje.
Lay missionary Carlos Lopez Valencia, the leader of the community The Servants of Mary came to Medjugorje in 1991, for the first time. He told us that it was then that he had a most wonderful and miraculous conversion of heart. “Since that moment I abandoned all the bad things in my life.
Dr. Massimo del Bene, a surgeon from Milan in Italy came to Medjugorje recently. It was five years ago that he performed the first hand transplant operation on a lady who was 50 years old at the time. His wife had come here first a few years earlier and the two of them made the next pilgrimage together. He said that his faith helped him a lot in his profession.
May is a month which is dedicated to Our Lady in a special way and we are all invited to participate a little more in the evening prayer programme, in the prayer of the Rosary and Holy Mass, so we might thank God for all of the graces we have received. The timetable of the evening prayer programme in May remains the same: the Rosary is at 5 p.m. and Holy Mass at 6 p.m.
Number of Holy Communions: 139 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 2695 (89 per day)
We are getting closer to the Fourth Pilgrimage for Persons with Disabilities which will be held in Medjugorje from June 11-14, 2015. The main organiser of the pilgrimage is the Association "Susret" (Encounter), from Citluk, in cooperation with the parish office in Medjugorje and Mother's Village.
The period after Easter is always busy with many pilgrims and our journalist had the chance to talk to a few interesting speakers. Fr. John Fletcher is a member of the community "Friends of the Cross", which is established in Canada. He has been a priest for 14 years now and this is his 11th or 12th pilgrimage to Medjugorje.