This Sunday, September 13, is the day when the parish of Medjugorje celebrates the feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Holy Masses in the parish church of St. James are scheduled at 7 a.m.,8 a.m.12 p.m. and 6 p.m. Solemn Holy Mass on Cross Mountain is at 11 a.m.
Number of Holy Communions: 358 760
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 7965 (256 per day)
Danli is a small town, surrounded with the mountains in the province El Paraiso, at the very south of Honduras, where in 2006, faithful built very authentic replica of the church of St. James from Medjugorje. (photos)
Bernarda Brunović, from Switzerland, even though she is blind and cannot see the world around her, is very much grateful to God for the gift of life and she lives the fullness of life. Beranrda is a student of theology and is involved in singing. She comes frequently to Medjugorje, especially for the Youth Festival.
The timetable of the evening prayer programme is changing this year as of September 1. Rosary will be at 5 p.m., Holy Mass at 6 p.m., and all other prayer services after the evening Holy Mass. Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9-10 p.m.
The 2nd European Congress of OFS and YouFra was completed on Sunday, August 23, with the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Milienko Steko, the Provincial of Herzegovina Franciscan Province, in the Franciscan church of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Members of Chess club „Posavac“ from the parish Ruščica came to Medjugorje this August for the 12th time. It was opportunity for them to participate in the individual chess tournament „Međugorje 2015“. Chess players also participated along with the members of their families in the evening prayer programme held at the White Dome of St. James' church, as well as in the prayer on Apparition Hill and Cross Mountain.
On Friday, August 21, the 9th stage of the Marian Vow, Sinj-Međugorje was completed. Around 15 pilgrims arrived to Medjugorje after their last stage they had walked from Vitina. They will stay in Medjugorje until August 23, and then they will continue their walk towards Slano and Dubrovnik, where this pilgrimage through Marian shrines is going to be completed. (fotos)
HVIDRA, Association for former Soldiers of Croatia as well as student associations SKAC Palma and MAGIS, as well as many other communities of students and former soldiers from the recent homeland war, organised from June 21, the pilgrimage „Marian vow for Homeland“, that will go through all bigger Marian shrines from the east to the south of Croatia.
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was solemnly celebrated in Medjugorje with huge numbers of pilgrims from our country and from the abroad. Many pilgrims, especially the youth, walked from various directions during the night to come to Medjugorje on this day. The first Holy Mass in Croatian was celebrated at 6 a.m., then there were Holy masses at 7, 8, 9, 11 a.m. as well.
Ana Mlinarić fromVukovar, parish of St. Joseph the Worker, arrived to Medjugorje for the last Youth Festival. Ana said in her interview for medjugorje.hr that she has been coming here for the last 10 years in organised groups: „The bus of young people arrived with me, besides youth from my parish there are those from the other parts of Slavonija, around Vinkovac, Osijek, Slavonski Brod, Pozega, Pakrac.
During the 26th International Youth Festival, many would remain after the evening Holy Mass in Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. So many told us that Adoration was the most beautiful part for them. Anamaria from Germany has been coming for the fourth year now and she told us:
The 26th Youth Festival that began on July 31, finished on August, 6 with the Holy Mass celebrated by the parish priest Fr. Marinko Sakota on the Feast of Transfiguration, August 6, on the top of Cross Mountain. The Youth Festival was held with the theme "Peace be with you" and gathered dozens of thousands of young people from 75 different countries. (foto)
The programme of the 26th International Youth Festival continued on Wednesday, August 6, 2015. The morning lectures began with prayer and continued with the catechesis of Fr. Marinko Sakota with the theme of forgiveness. Sr. Rastislava Ralbovsky, member of community of Merciful Sisters of St. Cross of the Croatian Province in Djakovo, spoke about the connection she and her mission has with Medjugorje. (slike)
A testimony that we would like to emphasise and it took place on Monday, August 3, was the testimony of married couple Gianluca Anselmi and Anna Benedetti from Verona. Both of them are professional musicians and Anna said that after 10 years of marriage she discovered she was pregnant and that they were expecting a girl. They decided to name her Lucy, but something was not right.