Fr. Damir Pavić and YouFra members, 45 of them, who are about to receive the sacrament of Confirmation visited Medjugorje on Sunday, April 19. The purpose of the pilgrimage was spiritual renewal and preparation, with Mary’s intercession, for the sacrament of Confirmation.
The Order of Malta reopened their clinic in Medjugorje on Palm Sunday. Their hours are from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. They will continue to work until November 1, 2015. All of the staff are volunteers who do not charge pilgrims for their services and the clinic is financed through contributions and donations.
Pilgrims from all over the world have visited Medjugorje this April. Due to the large number of those who arrived and thanks to the beautiful weather, the evening prayer programme has been held at the White Dome of the church of St. James since Saturday, April 11.
There are many international seminars held in Medjugorje throughout the year, including the regular seminars of fasting and prayer. Some of these seminars have a long tradition and some were initiated only in recent years. They are for priests, lay people, leaders of peace centres, married couples and doctors and medical staff.
The Italian national water polo team was in Medjugorje, the day after they lost a game in Split against Croatia. Their coach, Alessandro Campagna, said he was really happy to be in Medjugorje with his players since he thinks that it was the Gospa who invited them to come at the initiative of one of the players, Alex Giorgetti.
The members of the community "Heart of Jesus" from Zagreb were in Medjugorje this last weekend. They participated in the evening prayer programme in the parish and climbed both hills in Medjugorje. The spiritual leader of this community, which has more than 500 members, is Fr. Ike Manduric, and the leader of the community is the musician Alan Hržica.
A large number of Slovenian pilgrims have been in Medjugorje during the past few days. Fr. Miodrag Kekić, is the assistant priest in the parish of Ljubljana Dravlje. He has been to Medjugorje on several occasions with pilgrims and he told us something about his experience: “Medjugorje means so much to me; this is where we have received a huge grace. I was 16 when I came here for the first time with my parents.
The members of the Catholic association “Emmaus” from Sarajevo arrived on Saturday, April 11, in Medjugorje on a pilgrimage to the Queen of Peace. Since Medjugorje is known as the confessional of the whole world, many of them took advantage of the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.
The first encounter of the charismatic prayer groups coordinated in Renewal in the Holy Spirit of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which gathered together more than 1000 participants, was held in Medjugorje from April 10-12. The encounter began with Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Ante Vuckovic, with many other priests, the spiritual leaders of prayer groups, who concelebrated at this and every other Holy Mass.
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)