Dear youth, on your journey with the Lord Jesus, inspired also by this Festival, I entrust you all to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our heavenly Mother, by invoking the light and the power of the Holy Spirit. May you daily be guided by the gaze of God who loves you so much, so that in the encounter with others, you may be the witnesses of a new life you were all given as a gift. I pray for that and I bless you, asking you to pray for me too.
Number of Holy Communions: 90 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 2608 (66 per day)
“The fact that Cardinal Sarah, and all other archbishops and bishops would come to the Youth Festival is a great event and major joy for each of us. Youth are happy when they see their shepherds with them, and shepherds are happy to see so many youth at one place gathered in prayer and worship of the Lord”, said Fr. Marinko Sakota, who does not have any expectations regarding the number of those who would come, but said that all who decide to come are more than welcome.
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Number of Holy Communions: 165 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 2943 (98 per day)
The Procession from Apparition Hill to the church of St. James was held for the first time this year, with many pilgrims participating, parishioners and people from surrounding areas.
Fr. MarinkoŠakota, Medjugorje parish priest said that this procession from the Statue of Our Lady to the church is symbolic of how “Our Lady is leading us to Jesus.” (PHOTO)
Ivanka had the apparition in her family home and it lasted 5 minutes (6:41 pm to 6:46 pm).
Only Ivanka's family was present. After the apparition, the visionary Ivanka said: "Our Lady gave the following message: 'Little children I am in need of your prayers. Pray, pray, pray.'
Thanks to Pope Francis, we have decrees that have given certain legal image to Medjugorje, the Apostolic Visitor with the special role for Medjugorje parish has been appointed, later on decision was made that all restrictions on organisation of pilgrimages were removed and coming of bishops and cardinals was allowed, all of them including priests can officially organise the pilgrimages and celebrate the liturgy in this place.
The fervour of the family prayer that used to be so strong, the sound of the prayer outside our homes, as if that had disappeared, today we pray so little, the Bible and fasting are hardly mentioned. Mother, forgive us for the moments when our ears were shut, and our hearts were closed.
Yet, you did not give up on us, but each month you continued to invite us repeatedly: Thank you for having responded to my call. (PHOTO)
The Peace Walk would take place at 6 am on June 24, from Humac and we would pray for peace and for Our Lady’s intentions. This is something so nice and beautiful, said fr. Marinko, and Citluk parish is also organising prayer walk from their church to Medjugorje, said Fr. Marinko, the parish priest.
The eighth Youth Festival – the encounter of the Croatian youth of America and Canada – was held last weekend in Chicago. The host of this Encounter, held under the theme Lord, everyone is looking for you (Mk 1, 37) was Croatian parish of St. Jerome, one of the oldest and the most numerable Croatian communities in the United States. (PHOTO)
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What is new and special about this year’s celebration of the Anniversary is the procession that will take place from the Apparition Hill – place of Our Lady’s first apparition – to the church of St. James in Medjugorje. The procession will start from the Apparition Hill at 4.30 pm, so all the participants would be able to come to the church ground before the evening prayer programme. Then, after the Rosary, the procession with the statue of Our Lady would start at 7 pm and this would be the beginning of the solemn Holy Mass on that day.
On Thursday, June 3, we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Holy Masses are in the parish church at 8, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. After the evening Holy Mass, the procession with the Blessed Sacrament will take place from the church of St. James, to the school and back to the church.
The theme of the encounter is „What good deed must I do?“ (Mt 19, 16)
The previous 31st Youth Festival took place in a bit different and shorter form, due to the Covid pandemics that paralysed worldwide most of the. We believe this year’s Youth Festival would be held in normal circumstances and we expect you in Medjugorje from August 1-6, 2021.