In Jubilee Holy Year of 1900th Anniversary of the Death on the Cross of our Saviour Jesus, that began in April 1933 and ended in April 1934, parishioners of Medjugorje parish, together with their parish priest Fr. Bernardin Smoljan, decided to do something that Holy Father Pius XI and local bishop Fr. Alojzije Mišić were advising them to do. It did not take them a lot to decide, and one evening, at the meeting of the parishioners held on January 21, 1934, they decided the following:
Fr. Matthias Nsamba was born in Uganda in 1970, and serves as a priest in South Africa. All he experienced in Medjugorje he wants to share with his faithful there, and that is how the idea of building the shrine of the Queen of Peace and Mercy, whose goal is to spread the messages of Our Lady in South Africa.
Number of Holy Communions: 291 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 6981 (225 per day)
Tomislav Lukšić, his wife Patricija and their friend Goran Ivančić walked from Velika Gorica to Medjugorje. It was 500 km long journey and it took them 15 days. They began their journey on August 12, early in the morning and came to Medjugorje on August 26. This is what Tomislav said about their pilgrimage:
Totus Tuus Community organised their annual pilgrimage to Medjugorje from August 8-13. This was one of the most numerous pilgrimages with more than 200 participants of all ages. We began our journey on Monday late in the day and we spent five whole days in Medjugorje. After the morning Holy Mass on Sunday, we began our journey back home.(photos)
On Friday, September 1, the timetable of the evening prayer programme is changing in Medjugorje. The new schedule shall remain in force until May 31, the following year. Prayer of Rosary as of September 1 shall begin at 5 pm, while the Holy Mass shall be at 6 pm. After the Holy Mass, the ordinary daily programme shall follow.
Many pilgrims from all over the world come to Medjugorje during the summer months and many Croatians are among them too. All those pilgrims arrive here to be spiritually fed before returning to their homes and that is why from July 1 to August 31, there is one additional Holy Mass in Croatian language at 1 pm each day.
The first Mary's meals were distributed in Malawi in 2002, but the family MacFarlane-Barrow from Scotland who started this project says that Mary’s Meals are the fruit of Medjugorje. They came here in 1993 for the first time and during the war they were bringing humanitarian help from Scotland and later on, out of this, new global project for the help to the poorest ones, supported by many people throughtout the world, developed from it. (photos)
Several dozens of thousands of pilgrims arrived to Medjugorje on the occasion of the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Sixteen Holy Masses were celebrated on either in the church of St. James, Adoration chapel or the White Dome in many different languages. (photos)
Saturday, August 5, was the last day of the whole-day programme of the youth Festival in Medjugorje. The morning programme began with the morning prayer led by Fr. Marinko Sakota, coordinator of the Festival and continued with the catechesis of Fr. Jacques Philippe from the community of Beatitudes. (photos)
The 28th Youth Festival was concluded with the Holy Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by the parish priest Fr. Marinko Sakota on the top of Cross Mountain on Sunday, August 6, at 5 am. The Youth Festival began on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 with the theme “That your love may grow more” and gathered dozens of thousands of young people from 61 countries. (photos)
On Friday, August 4, the Youth Festival programme continued in Medjugorje. It started with the morning prayer, led by the coordinator, parish priest, Fr. Marinko Sakota, and Fr. Jacques Philippe from the Beatitudes Community gave also this day his catechesis. (photos)
The central part of this day was also Holy Mass, celebrated at 7 pm by Fr. Emanuel Josić, OFM, newly ordained priest of the Franciscan Province of Bosnia Argentum. Cardinal Ernest Simoni-Troshani from Albania gave a homily and there were 507 priests concelebrating. The evening prayer programme had 764 740 live-stream viewers.
Sr. Irena Jozić from Varaždin, member of the order of Ursuline sisters came for the 28th Youth Festival. This is what she said about her impressions:
„I am glad I was able to be here a bit and to participate at the programme that is so rich and spiritually full of joy, communion and warmth.
On Thursday, August 3, Angela Hayes from Ireland gave her testimony along with her family. She spoke about their life tragedy and how they found salvation in Medjugorje. Her son Alan is a member of the International Choir and at the end, he sang a song Survivor that he devoted to his mom.