The seminar titled: “Addiction on fortune games: between illness and personal – social responsibility” was held in Mother’s village from October 12th to 14th. This seminar is organised by the Franciscan Institute for the culture of peace from Split. Fr. Ivan Sesar, the President of the Councils of Franciscan Communities from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, welcomed all who came to participate, among them many who were to give their lectures. “I would like to express my joy because of organisation of this seminar because I hope that at least some would discover the danger of addiction on gambling and fortune games through these professional lectures. I think that this seminar is needed to today’s modern men and to the society that has increasing number of addicts with each day.”
The Feast of St. Francis, the founder of the Franciscan Order was solemnly celebrated in Medjugorje on October 4, 2012. Traditional and solemn service of Transitus “Memoria Transitus” took place after the evening Holy Mass on October 3, 2012. Many pilgrims who have arrived to Medjugorje this October, during the month of Our Lady were present. The Information Office has registered groups from: Germany, Austria, the United States, Ireland, Italy, France, Ukraine, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Poland, Serbia, Romania, Lebanon, Belgium, Netherlands, Peru, England, Canada, Switzerland, Brazil and Venezuela.
The feast of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan order will solemnly be celebrated in Medjugorje on Thursday, October 4 with Holy Masses at 7.30 and 8 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Holy Mass for the Third Franciscan Order will be celebrated at 8 a.m. The Service of Transitus or “Memoria Transitus” was held after the evening Holy Mass on October 3, 2012. This is the feast that moves many people to prepare for it with a three – day prayer programme that started on October 1. Rosary is at 5 p.m. and Holy Mass at 6 p.m.
Number of Holy Communions: 226 500
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 5324 (177 per day)
Jean Azar comes from Lebanon and he came to Medjugorje in 2002 for the first time. That was a very difficult period of his life, he had several suicide attempts and he received grace to be healed in Medjugorje. “God touched my heart through Our Lady and ever since then I have been walking with Her. Many things changed in my life, I became better person ever since I live Our Lady’s messages and meditate on them every day.
The 13th International Seminar for Married Couples that gathered more than 150 participants from Congo, Belgium, Germany, Costa Rica, Latvia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovakia was held in Medjugorje from 19th to 22nd September and the theme was: “Contemporary moral challenges to marriage”. The programme was held through the morning and afternoon lectures of Tonci Matulic, professor of Moral Theology and Social Teaching of the Church at Catholic Theology Faculty of the University of Zagreb. The evening prayer programme was in the church of St. James and there was prayer at Cross Mountain and Apparition Hill as well. The seminar finished with Holy Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. Late Fr. Slavko Barbaric initiated these retreats for married couples and the coordinator of this last seminar was Fr. Danko Perutina. (photos)
The international seminar for married couples will be held in Medjugorje from the 19 to 22 September 2012. The seminar topic is:
''Contemporary moral challenges to marriage''
Lebanese priest Fr. Charbel Zgheib was in Medjugorje with a group of young people. This was his first visit to Medjugorje. “One can really feel faith here and God’s presence as well. Peace is all over the place”, said Fr. Charbel who added that many Lebanese are coming to Medjugorje. “Many come out of curiosity, but there are also those who have many difficulties. When they come here, their whole life is changing. When they come back to Lebanon, they are really different; their view of life is changed because they have encountered God and Our Lady here.” Fr. Charbel said that many have felt vocations here. “My spiritual leader along with few other Maronite priests has all received their vocation here. Medjugorje has indeed changed many lives”, said Fr. Charbel from Lebanon. (photos)
The Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross was solemnly celebrated in Medjugorje on Sunday, September 9, 2012 with participation of many parishioners and pilgrims who have arrived from the following countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, France, Malta, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Belgium, Korea, Poland, Brazil, Portugal, Romania, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Holy Masses in Croatian language were celebrated at 6, 7, 8, 12 and 7 p.m. Solemn Holy Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. and Cross Mountain and Fr. Slaven Brekalo was the main celebrant. (photos)
First Monday after the celebration of the Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross time of the evening prayer programme in Medjugorje is changing as well. Rosary will start at 5 p.m. and Holy Mass will be at 7 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays and Saturdays will be from 9 to 10 p.m. and Rosary on Apparition Hill on Sunday will be at 2 p.m. and Way of the Cross on Fridays on Cross Mountain will be at 2 p.m. as well. Holy Mass at 1 p.m. in Croatian language will be only on Saturdays.
On the first Sunday after the Feast of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Medjugorje traditionally celebrates the Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This year, feast of Nativity is on Saturday and on Sunday we celebrate Holy Mass on top of Cross Mountain. Solemn Holy Mass on top of the mountain is at 11 a.m. and prayer of the Way of the Cross will start at 10 a.m. For all those who are not able to go to Cross Mountain, they can attend one of the Holy Masses in Croatian language in parish church of St. James at 6, 7, 8 a.m. 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Number of Holy Communions: 366 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 8018 (258 per day)
Brothers Franco and Sergio Valoti arrived to Medjugorje on August 30th, after nearly one month of walking from Bergamo in Italy. Even though they are in their 70’s, they have walked this journey of 1500 km with God’s help in a really good way. Their intention was to go through the spiritual journey, journey of confession. They told us that people they met on this pilgrimage are far better than it appears in today’s media.
Roberta Brusic and Boris Peterlin who work in Caritas of Croatia were in Medjugorje. Roberta said how she first came to Medjugorje a little after the war in Croatia, but her first, genuine visit, when she really met Our Lady happened in the years after. “That is when the Lord made a change in my life and I encountered living God and Our Lady”, said Roberta.
There are numerous pilgrims in Medjugorje even after the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Information Office registered groups from Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Ireland, England, the United States, France, Spain, Lebanon, New Zealand, Hungary, Ukraine, Korea and Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our journalists spoke to Fr. Richard Offong, assistant parish priest from London who takes care of people from Nigeria who live there.