As in every year, this year our graveyards were frequently visited with many people going there and paying tribute to their loved departed ones. There are many Holy Masses that have been celebrated at all of the graveyards along Medjugorje parish in the last two days. These feast days have been opportunity for many who live and work outside Medjugorje to come to their homes. Along with them, numerous pilgrims arrived to Medjugorje and since they are here in great numbers, even though it is very unusual considering the time of the year, large part of liturgical programme is being held outside the church, in the White Dome.
Number of Holy Communions: 148.500
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4441 (143 per day) (statistics)
Ever since the beginning of the month of October, that is Our Lady’s month, numerous groups of pilgrims have been arriving to Medjugorje. Information Office registered pilgrims from Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Germany, England, Ireland, Czech Republic, Italy, Brazil, France, Portugal, United States, Poland, Australia, El Salvador, Argentina, Mexico, Egypt, Netherlands, Romania, Belgium, Korea, Canada, Slovenia, Vietnam, Columbia, Spain, Ukraine, Latvia and Slovakia. The ones who come in really large numbers are pilgrims from Croatia, particularly from Istria, region at the north of Adriatic. There are many pilgrims from Dubrovnik and from towns at the north of Croatia, such are Zagreb, Koprivnica and Karlovac.
Number of Holy Communions: 195.000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 5020 (167 per day) (statistics)
The 11th International Seminar for married couples with main theme: “Love does not seek for its own interest...” finished this Saturday with Holy Mass at 11 a.m. This year’s lecturer was Friar Ante Vuckovic from Split, and there were more than 160 participants from 8 different countries. During the last four days of the Seminar, couples participated in lectures, sharing, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and in evening prayer programme in the church of St. James. (foto)
The 11th International Seminar for Married Couples began on Wednesday, September 29th with its theme: “Love does not seek for its own interest...” (1 Cor 13,5), and will finish with Holy Mass on Saturday morning. First lecture was held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon and participants joined the evening prayer programme in the church of St. James after 5 p.m. on the same day. As in some of the previous years, this year’s lecturer is again Friar Ante Vuckovic, from Franciscan Province of the Most Holy Saviour, who is professor at Catholic Theological Faculty and Faculty of Arts of the University of Split.
Married couples who are coming to this seminar are not here due to problems and crisis they might be undergoing in their marital life, but are coming to thank God for the graces and blessings they have received.
Seminar is being broadcasted on radio “Mir” Medjugorje. (foto)
The eleventh International seminar for married couples will be held in Međugorje from the 29th of September to the 2nd of October 2010
The theme of the seminar is: “...Love does not seek its own interests…” (1 Cor 13,5) (Programme)
Bishop Hilarius Datus Lega, bishop of Diocese Manokwari – Sorong from West Papua, Indonesia came to Medjugorje for the first time. He was ordained as Bishop in 2003 and he is normally very busy throughout the year, but he accepted the invitation of his friends who came to Europe. He heard about Medjugorje in the very beginning, he thinks it might have been already in 1981. “Medjugorje is the world centre, place of prayer and peace”, says Bishop Hilarius and adds, “People are coming here because Our Lady is really appearing here, this is the place of renewal, conversion, new beginning. Medjugorje attracts many people; I can see personal relationship, this is all work of God, something that he does through His Blessed Mother and visionaries, I really like everything I see here. God is always at work, whether we see that or not, God’s message needs to be announced all over the place”, said Bishop Hilarius at the end, who will stay in Medjugorje for three days.
On Sunday, September 12, 2010 we celebrated the Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross in parish of Medjugorje. Holy Masses in the Church of St. James were at 6, 7, 8, 12 and 7 p.m. Solemn Holy Mass was at 11 on the top of the Cross Mountain, and prayer of the Way of the Cross and Rosary began at 10. The Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross is traditionally celebrated on first Sunday after the feast of Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary. For all those unable to climb the Cross Mountain, Holy Mass was celebrated at 12 p.m. at the White Dome. On Monday, September 13th, the time and schedule of liturgical prayer programme in parish of Medjugorje is changing. The Rosary will start at 5 p.m. and Holy Mass at 6 p.m. After Holy Mass prayers of blessings and healing will follow and it will end with third part of the Rosary. The Adoration of Jesus in Blessed Sacrament is on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 to 10 p.m. and on Thursdays immediately after Holy Mass. Veneration of the Holy Cross is on Fridays immediately after Holy Mass. Prayer of Rosary on the Apparition Hill is on Sundays at 2 p.m., and Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain is on Fridays at 2 p.m. (foto)
On Monday, September 13, the time and schedule of liturgical prayer programme in parish of Medjugorje is changing. The Rosary will start at 5 p.m. and Holy Mass at 6 p.m. After Holy Mass prayers of blessings and healing will follow and it will end with third part of the Rosary. The Adoration of Jesus in Blessed Sacrament is on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 to 10 p.m. and on Thursdays immediately after Holy Mass. Veneration of the Holy Cross is on Fridays immediately after Holy Mass. Prayer of Rosary on the Apparition Hill is on Sundays at 2 p.m., and Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain is on Fridays at 2 p.m.
On Sunday, September 12th parish of Medjugorje is celebrating the feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Holy Masses are at 6 and 8 a.m., 12 and 7 p.m. Solemn and central Holy Mass is on the top of the Cross Mountain at 11 a.m. while the prayer of the Rosary and Way of the Cross begins at 10 a.m. On that day there will be no other Holy Masses in the parish. Up to Our Lady's apparitions, this feast was just for parishioners and their friends and relatives, while after 1981. this becomes central event for pilgrims from all over the world.
Ever since the time we started to count the number of given Holy Communions, this August has been above all of the previous number with 326.500 Holy Communions given. Huge numbers of pilgrims from all over the world continued also in the first days of September with groups from Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Ireland, Lebanon, Germany, Austria, Spain and Belgium.
Number of Holy Communions: 326.500
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 7742 (249 per day)
Amongst many pilgrims who are arriving to Medjugorje after the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we met Mary Fernandez from Florida, who came to Medjugorje 109 times so far. She came to Medjugorje for the first time more than 22 years ago, after reading a book about apparitions and that is when she decided to come for the first time on pilgrimage with her husband. Already on that first pilgrimage, they brought 37 pilgrims with them. Mary says that that was the love on the first sight.“ We always prayed in my home, but after Medjugorje, pryer became different. I learned here how to pray the Rosary and I started to live the Holy Mass. Encounters with Medjugorje tought me how to accept all oft he realities that were happening in my life. I learned that problems are not going to disappear, but are being resolved in much easier way with God. Medjugorje is a school of life, it is like my second home. I feel peace both here and in my home, as well. „
Together with her husband, she is bringing groups from South America and Spanish speaking people from Miami, USA.
Medjugorje is packed with pilgrims in the last few days, dozens of thousands, while the biggest number is of those from Italy. There are groups from Germany, Austria, England, Ireland, Libanon, Korea, France, United States, Vietnam, Hungary, Slovakia, Spain, Czech and Poland. There is also big number of Croatian pilgrims, especially those who are working abroad and come to their homes during holidays. In the previous years, number of pilgrims was always reduced after the Feast of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, while this year, with each day, that number is getting bigger.
Amongst many of them, we would like to emphasise int he special way, group from Italy, 21 of them who arrived by bycicle to Medjugorje. Two years ago they cycled to Santiago de Compostella, and decided to repeat that on their way to Medjugorje. As they travelled, they wore t-shirts with MEDJUGORJE writting on them, and everybody whom they met on their journey admired them for that.
They said to press members of Radio Station Mir Medjugorje that Medjugorje is the place where you can strongly feel God's presence and faith in the people. What really touches us about Medjugorje is how real and simple Our Lady's messages are, where you really can feel Jesus' invitation to conversion.
Hungarian pilgrim Nagy Gergely walked for 38 days from Hungary to Medjugorje. Tordai Eva joined him, but she could not complete the journey and after 4 days she came by bus. He said that the reason of his coming to Medjugorje was to thank Our Lady for the graces received. (foto)