As the first encounter of the Charismatic Prayer Groups, coordinated in Renewal in the Holy Spirit of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, is about to begin here in Medjugorje, we had a chance to talk to Damir Zukanom and Lordan Ljubenkov, the representatives of the Initiative for joining the prayer communities in Renewal in the Holy Spirit.
The first Meeting of Charismatic Prayer Communities in mutual association in Renewal in the Holy Spirit of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina will be held in Medjugorje from April 10-12, 2015. The meeting will begin on Friday with the evening prayer programme in the parish church of St. James. The programme will consist of lectures and prayers.
Seven days devotion to the Divine Mercy is currently being held in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Sarajevo, and the Medjugorje Choir and theTambourine Orchestra Misericordia were invited to give a concert during one of the solemn evenings. (photos)
Many pilgrims gathered this Easter in Medjugorje and participated together with the parishioners in the liturgy of the Easter Triduum. They arrived from Germany, the United States, Austria, Italy, Korea, Ireland, Lebanon, Latvia, Slovakia, England, France, Spain, Ukraine, as well as from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. (photos)
“Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
To all parishioners, pilgrims, friends, benefactors, and to all men of goodwill a
Blessed and Happy Easter!
Parish priest and the Franciscans
Uskrsna cestitka 2015 - fra Marinko Sakota
The Information Office in Medjugorje registered in the beginning of the Holy Week pilgrims from Germany, the United States, Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, Korea, Slovenia and Ireland. Our journalists had opportunity to talk to some of them and they all expressed great joy for having arrived to this place which they plan to visit again. (foto)
The Franciscan Youth of Medjugorje is contributing to the spiritual atmosphere of Medjugorje in many different ways. As we are approaching Easter, they organised sale of their products at the stands close to the church of St. James. Zdravka Sego, the President of YouFra Medjugorje, spoke about this event:
Number of Holy Communions: 87 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1405 (45 per day)
Many pilgrims were in Medjugorje in the last few days and among them we were specially moved by a group of 45 pilgrims from the distant Pacific island Tahiti. Pierre Anlgaux, the group leader, said that he first came to Medjugorje in 1996:
Palm Sunday or the Sunday of the Lord's passion introduces us to Holy Week, the peak of the Lenten preparation for the celebration of Easter. As is the tradition, the liturgy of Palm Sunday began in the grounds of the old church at 10.30 a.m. The liturgical procession started with the Gospel reading of when the Lord entered Jerusalem, and after the blessing of palm and olive branches, the altar boys, readers, choir and the priests led the faithful towards the church of St. James. (photos)
The four day promotional screening of the documentary "IN ODIUM FIDEI – Out of hatred towards the faith “, produced by Laudato MediaCcentre, ended in Medjugorje on Saturday, March 28, 2015, when the film was shown in the Hall of St. John Paul II.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (March 30-April 1, 2015): Holy Masses are at 7.30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Confessions are before the morning Holy Masses and from 4.30 p.m.
Kathy Nolan, from Indiana in the United States, arrived in Medjugorje at the beginning of March. It was the first time she had participated in the seminar for group leaders and organisers of pilgrimages. Kathy told us about her work with pilgrims:
A married couple, Yvette and Armand Joseph Grah from the Ivory Coast, have been bringing pilgrims to Medjugorje. Yvette heard about Medjugorje from a book she was reading and decided to come on a pilgrimage with her husband. Yvette recalled the first organised pilgrimage from the Ivory Coast to Medjugorje in 2007:
Medjugorje was busy during the last few days due to a large number of pilgrims from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. We would mention particularly the pilgrimage of people from the parish of Sts. Phillip and James in Vukovar which took place from March 21-22, 2015. Their parish organised this year’s pilgrimage to Medjugorje for the parents of children who will receive the Holy Communion and Holy Confirmation for the first time. “This pilgrimage is the spiritual preparation for those parents whose children will receive the sacraments. Also this year we arrived in two buses and immediately upon arrival, we greeted the Queen of Peace outside the Medjugorje church and then we climbed Cross Mountain. Another bus from Slavonia joined us there – The Union of Croatian Police. Later, we visited the Cenacolo community where the boys shared their life testimonies with us. It was really interesting to listen to them, I believe that many parents found it very educational as well. On the second day we also climbed Apparition Hill and joined the parish for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist”, said Fr. Ivica Jagodić who was the main celebrant on Saturday, March 21, 2015, here in the church of St. James, with all of the pilgrims from Vukovar participating.