Medjugorje in its pilgrimage reality has never experienced such busy August. Pilgrims in small and big groups are arrriving from all over the world, through various means of transport.Amongst many groups, journalist of Radio station "Mir" Medjugorje, noticed pilgrims on bikes who were glad to introduce themselves: Jeren Karel and Goran Pranjic from Sesvetski Kraljevac in vicinity of Zagreb.
Franciscans of Herzegovinian Province: Fr. Ivan Dugandzic, Fr. Ante Leko, Fr. Berislav Kutle, Fr. Vitomir Musa, Fr. Tomislav Pervan, Fr. Ilija Puljic, Fr. Ljubo Vlasic and Fr. Franjo Vrgoc, member of Province of Bosna Srebrena, have celebrated on Saturday, August 22, the 40th anniversary of their priesthood with the verse from Psalm 32: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Solemn Holy Mass at 7 p.m. was celebrated by Fr. Ivan Sesar, The Provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province, and the Fr. Tomislav Pervan, one of the celebrants gave the homily.
Dozens of thousands of pilgrims, local and from abroad, came to Medjugorje for celebration of feast of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary. According to the information from Parish Office, on that day there were 21 Holy Masses that were celebrated in the Church, at the White Altar and in the Chapel, all in different world languages, and total of 150 priests concelebrated at those Masses. Parish priest Fr. Petar Vlasic was the main celebrant at the Holy Mass at 11 a.m., and Fr. Miljenko Steko, Vicar of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province was the main celebrant at 7 p.m. Holy Mass.
The Feast of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated on Saturday, August 15th, and many groups of pilgrims from all over the world have already arrived to Međugorje for that occassion. Holy Masses in the parish church of St. James' will be celebrated at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 a.m. and 7. p.m. Due to the large number of pilgrims who will be walking towards Međugorje, we are kindly asking all those involved in traffic to be extra careful on that day.
On Sunday, August 9th, 2009 in the Parish church of St. James’ in Međugorje Fr. Ante Perković, Fr. Oton Bilić, Fr. Ferdo Majić, Fr. Dinko Maslać, Fr. Ivan Kvesić and Fr. Ljubo Krasić celebrated 45 years of their priesthood. Solemn Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. Ljubo Krasić, who is at service in Chicago. Fr. Miljenko šteo, Vicar in the Province greeted them at the beginning of celebration congratulating them on their jubilee on behalf of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province and on behalf of Međugorje Parish priest Fr. Petar Vlašić.
20th International Youth Festival, that began in Međugorje on August 1, 2009 with Holy Mass that was celebrated by Fr. Ivan Sesar, Provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province, ended on August 6, 2009 with Holy Mass on the top of the Cross Mountain at 5 a.m. that was celebrated by Fr. Miljenko Steko, Vicar of Province and around 80 priests have concelebrated at the same Holy Mass. (foto)
20th International Prayer Youth Festival began in Međugorje on August 1, 2009. After the prayer of the Rosary at 6 p.m., young people from around sixty different world countries gave a brief message in their own language, and then parish priest Fr. Petar Vlašić greeted and welcomed all present. Fr. Ivan Sesar, Provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscans, celebrated the Holy Mass, and there were 342 priests that co-celebrated while the whole programme was simultaneously translated into sixteen different languages. (foto)
Holy Communions distributed: 102.000
Concelebrating priests: 3.824 (123/day)
20th International Prayer Meeting of Youth – Medjugorje Youth Festival will be held in Medjugorje from August 1st to 6th. Theme of Meeting is “Do whatever He tells you!”(Jh 2,5). Youth Festival will be directly broadcasted through Internet both in picture and sound.
Programme of the Festival is as follows: (Program)
Parish of Medjugorje celebrated on Saturday, July 25th the Feast of St. James the Apostle, its patron saint. Holy Masses in Croatian were celebrated in the parish church at 8, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and central Holy Mass was celebrated in Gaj (Garden) opposite to the ruins of the old Medjugorje church. The main celebrant was Fr. Miro Sego. (foto)
Mayor of Assisi, birth place of St. Francis, Claudio Ricci, came to Medjugorje on Sunday, July 19th in the company of Mayor of Citluk Ivo Jerkic, and visited Medjugorje and Franciscans from Medjugorje. He visited prayer places of Medjugorje parish and in the chambers of Parish office he spoke with Franciscans from Medjugorje. In his interview to radio station Mir Medjugorje Mayor said that he wanted to achieve this visit due to the celebration of 800 years of Franciscan order, and he added that it is his desire to link many world shrines on the paths of spirituality and humanity, just similar to the spirit of St. Francis. By enforcing this project, our desire is to go along with the time, but at the same time not to lose our identity and roots, emphasized Mayor of Assisi.
Parish of Medjugorje will celebrate on Saturday, July 25 the Feast of St. James the Apostle, feast of its heavenly patron saint. Holy Masses will be only in parish church at 8, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The central Holy Mass will be celebrated in Garden (Gaj) at 11. Procession with the statue of St.James will start from the church at 10.45. This year representatives from Bijakovici are going to carry the Statue, and Fr. Miro Sego, Guardian from Franciscan Monastery in Humac is going to be the main celebrant. Parish is going to prepare for this Feast with Three-day Prayer programme that begins on Wednesday, July 22.
14th International seminar for priests that began in Medjugorje on the feast of Apostles’ leaders St. Peter and St. Paul, June 29th, ended with the Holy Mass of gratitude on Saturday, July 4th at 12 o’clock. Host families to all of the priests that participated in the seminar were present as well. Fr. Ante Vuckovic from Split led the seminar, while Fr. Miljenko Steko was the coordinator, and there were total of 343 priests, deacons and seminarians present from twenty-five countries.
Pilgrims from Korea, 29 of them, in the age from nine to seventy-eight, together with their priest Agnello W.Choi climbed the Cross Mountain on Saturday morning on their knees, in the honour of the 28th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje. Father Agnello Choi has been in Medjugorje already on six occasions, and this, seventh time decided to come with the special prayer intention for the peace at Korean peninsula, that is going through difficult political troubles.
Community Merciful Father, that is part of Mother's Village in Bijakovici, which is specialized in recovering drug addicts, celebrated very important event on Saturday: opening of a new, fourth house in place Gomiljak close to Kiseljak, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (foto)