On Sunday, February 4, the 8th Days of the Martyred Franciscans shall begin, all on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of 66 martyred Franciscans by the Yugoslavian Communist Regime.
Number of Holy Communions: 41 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 867 (27 per day)
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Fr. Diak Buntic saving hungry children from Herzegovina by taking them to Slavonija, fraternity of YouFra and OFS from Siroki Brijeg prepared a play about Fr. Didak’s life and all those events back in 1917. This play was written by prof. Mirela Lovric.(photos)
On Sunday, January 21, more than a hundred members of YouFra Medjugorje gathered in the parish church of St. James for the ceremony of vows and promises with the theme – “That your love may grow more”. Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. Antonio Sakota, the spiritual assistant of YouFra Herzegovina, with Fr. Perica Ostojic, the spiritual assistant of YouFra Medjugorje and seven more priests. (photos)
This year we are remembering 49 years since the church of St. James was built and solemnly blessed. After the parish was founded in 1892, the first parish church, very spacious and beautiful for the circumstances back then, was soon completed in 1897.
On Sunday, January 21, we will commemorate the 16th anniversary of death of former Medjugorje parish priest and the founder of religious – humanitarian organization “Medjugorje – Mir”, Fr. Leonard Orec (born in Posuski Gradac, 1928 – died in Zagreb, 2002). Fr. Leonard served in Medjugorje from 1988 to 1991, in that period he served as a parish priest for more than one year. During those three years, he indeed left a permanent mark as a wise and experienced priest, and fervour promoter of Our Lady’s messages of peace and reconciliation. In 1992, he established humanitarian association “Medjugorje – Mir”, that is still active. Since 1997, Fr. Leonard was active in the General Curia of the Franciscan Order in Split, until 2001, when he got seriously ill. It was in those last days that he had celebrated his 50th Jubilee of Priesthood and then he died in Zagreb on January 21, 2002. He was buried on January 23, in Posusje.
In this recent year a total of 1 571 100 Holy Communions were ministered, and there were 36 856 priests concelebrating at the Holy Masses.
75 children were baptised (36 girls and 39 boys).
41 persons died (23 female and 18 male)
34 couples were married.
The Feast of the Epiphany was solemnly celebrated in Medjugorje on January 6, 2018. Along with the parishioners, there were pilgrims from Korea, Italy, Germany and the United States. Six Holy Masses were celebrated during that day. In the Christmas time, homes in our parish are always blessed and the parish facilities are blessed on the feast of the Epiphany.
On Saturday, January 6, we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany and Holy Masses in the church of St. James will be at 7, 8, 11 and at 6 pm, while in Vionica, Surmanci and Miletina at 9 am. The blessing of salt and water will take place at all Holy Masses.
Number of Holy Communions: 66 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1308 (42 per day)
In the previous 2017 there have been 1 571 100 Holy Communions given in the church, and total of 36 856 priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses.
Many pilgrims, especially the youth, are expected to come to Medugorje from all over the world for the prayer vigil on New Year’s Eve. The prayer programme begins with the Rosary at 5 pm, followed by the Thanksgiving Holy Mass at 6 pm. After this Holy Mass, Community Cenacolo will give another live Nativity scene performance in the area in front of the church.
The first live Nativity Scene performance given by Cenacolo community was held on the Christmas Eve, after the evening Holy Mass at 6 pm, in the area in front of the church of St. James. This year, youth from Medjugorje also participated. The following performance shall take place on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, after the Holy Mass at 3 pm for all of the children and their parents. Live Nativity scene performance shall also take place on New Year’s Eve and on New Year’s Day, both (photos)
Also this year, we had joyful celebration of Christmas in Medugorje. The whole community of faithful was preparing for the birth of the Christ with the early Holy Masses, the evening prayer programme and nine days of Rosary on Apparition Hill. (photos)
At the last daily apparition to Jakov Colo on September 12th, 1998, Our Lady told him that henceforth he would have one apparition a year, every December 25th, on Christmas Day. This is also how it was this year. The apparition began at 2:07 pm and lasted 10 minutes. Afterwards Jakov transmitted the message:
And indeed, from His fullness we have received grace to grace, for He is our peace!
With desire that God’s peace reigns in all of the hearts, all of the families, all of the countries and in the whole world, united in prayer with all of the friends of Medjugorje throughout the world:
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
May this Christmas be for you day of joy and peace. May Jesus visit you in your families and may he be born in the hidden place of your heart! (photos)
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