Christmas, this exalted mystery, is opportunity for us to remain silent, like shepherds and wisemen from the east were, before the mystery of God’s self-giving to men. While we gaze at the manger in our family home or in the parish community and as we sing Christmas hymns, may there be gratitude born in our hearts along with wonder and astonishment for this great mystery – that great God, out of love towards us people, became a little child. May all of you, parishioners of Medjugorje parish, all pilgrims from all over the world and all people of good will, have blessed and merry Christmas!
Let us invoke intercession of Mary and aid in prayer, for She is a woman of pain and she waits for the mystery in vigil, the mystery just about to take place. (Gaudete, Apostolic exhortation). One day, when this pandemic is over and when we again become a part of our old routine, let us recall how much we longed for what is the simplest of all – just one encounter. May this encounter now take place with newly born Jesus on this Christmas.
The evening prayer programme in the parish church will start with the Rosary at 5 p.m., Holy Mass at 6 p.m. Due to night-time curfew, the vigil begins at 8 p.m. and Midnight Holy Mass would be at 9 pm. On Friday, December 25, we celebrate Christmas, the Feast of birth of Jesus. Holy Masses in the parish church are at 8,9.30 and 11 a.m. and at 6 p.m.
From that day, all of the pains, vomiting, diarrhoea, as a consequence of Crohn's disease was gone
In the New 2021, we are going to celebrate 40 years of grace. On that occasion, we made jubilee calendar for 2021, decorated with beautiful photos of Medjugorje sceneries. At each of the pages, you will find one motivating message of Our Lady, along with prayer events and encounters for 2021. If you would like to have a copy of this calendar, you can place an order at our official web shop www.medjugorje.store.
''Dear brothers and sisters! Mary’s history is your and my history. Again, the Angel was sent to your home and says to you: Rejoice, for you are full of grace! God is in you and fulfils you with His life! Amen!''
Number of Holy Communions: 20 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 503 (16 per day)
The pilgrimage will give people a chance to fast in support of Mary’s Meals – there is a fast planned for the first day, Friday 13 November. Those fasting and praying for the work of Mary’s Meals will be showing solidarity with the 1.6 million hungry children who receive daily meals through the charity’s school feeding programmes.
Number of Holy Communions: 33 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1043 (33 per day)
Testimony of Fr. John Boughton was recently put on YouTube channel ‘Fruits of Medjugorje’. He was studying medicine, later on he read a book on Medjugorje and decided to come here and that visit changed his life. He converted to Catholicism and became a priest.
Fr. Renato said that God gives us unconditionally his mercy, forgives us our sins and invites us to forgive ourselves, to accept ourselves and our weaknesses and sins…
''The forgiveness that God gives us for free is invitation to us to give one another the same forgiveness and to spread love among each other'', said Fr. Renato. (PHOTO)
Number of Holy Communions: 45 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 804 (26 per day)
''Aren’t all these years of Mary’s presence the revelation of that promise of Jesus. Mary is here, we need her always, that is why she has been coming, appearing, for her heart hurts for her children. She suffers when she sees that children of Her Son, who shed His Blood for them, do not listen to His words and do not care for Him”, said Fr. Damir at the end. (PHOTO)
Number of Holy Communions: 62 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1183 (38 per day)
On Tuesday, September 1, the timetable of the evening prayer programme is changing in Medjugorje. Prayer of Rosary as of September 1 shall begin at 5 pm, while the Holy Mass shall be at 6 pm.