Life of Medjugorje parish in these winter days
January and February are months that are a bit different than the rest of the year.
Solemn celebration of the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord
This is one of the quietest periods in Medjugorje, when there are only few smaller groups of pilgrims from Germany, Italy, the United States and Poland. On Tuesday, February 2, we celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord when seven Holy Masses were celebrated in Medjugorje, three in Croatian language.
Testimony of faith of Zeljko Babic in Medjugorje
Željko Babic, Croatian National Handball Team Coach, whose team won the bronze medal at the recently held European Handball Championship in Poland, came to Medjugorje on February 4, 2016, so he would thank the Queen of Peace for all of the graces he received.
Meetings for Medjugorje parishioners in the Lent
Meetings for Medjugorje parishioners will take place this Lent and will be held each Wednesday after Ash Wednesday, after the evening Holy Mass at 7 p.m., in the Hall of John Paul II.
Spiritual renewal for Posusje YouFra
Around 49 members of the Franciscan Youth from Posusje were in Medjugorje past weekend at the spiritual retreat with the theme „I am with you in all of the days”.
Holy Mass for murdered Franciscans and parishioners celebrated in Medjugorje
Holy Mass for Franciscans and parishioners murdered at the end of the World War II, was celebrated on Wednesday, February 10, on the feast of Bl. Alojzije Stepinac in Medjugorje parish church of St. James. Graves of so many victims are still unknown, but the faithful are still remembering them.
Testimony of Sr. Rastislava Ralbovsky about Međugorje
Sr. Rastislava Ralbovsky is a part of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of St. Cross of the Croatian Province in Djakovo. She is the one who initiated the pilgrimages for persons with disabilities to Medjugorje, and that pilgrimage is going to be held for the fifth time this year in June. She gave a testimony last August at the Youth Festival and spoke about her connection to Medjugorje as she has been coming here since 1981: „Most of the people who are coming here have some special intentions and needs.
La Virgen bosnia de Medjugorge ya tiene un lugar de peregrinación en España o al menos “un lugar perfecto para encontrarse con la Virgen” según las palabras del sacerdote, José Antonio Mérida, pronunciadas hoy en el acto de apertura de la plaza ajardinada dedicada a La Gospa (Madre), como también se conoce a la virgen bosnia.
Desde las 11 horas de hoy y en pleno centro del campo de golf de Rojales, la plaza citada acoge una talla de la virgen, replica exacta de la original, de un metro y 60 centímetros de altura, realizada con el mismo tipo de piedra y tallada en Bosnia-Herzegovina. En un emotivo acto, los sacerdotes José Antonio Mérida y Patrick…….? procedieron a la bendición de la plaza religiosa llena de simbolismos y de signos, “un trozo de Medjugorge en Rojales”.
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow from Scotland is the founder of the humanitarian organisation Mary's Meals. It was in 1983, that he discovered Medjugorje and that was what changed his life as well as the lives of his parents. During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Magnus began to bring the humanitarian aid which eventually grew to the establishment of the humanitarian organisation Mary's Meals. This organisation reached in 2015, the number of 1.035 637 children who have everyday meal in their school in the poorest countries of the world. Magnus received several international acknowledgements for his work. He said that this apostolate of Mary’s Meals was not initiated with the purpose of becoming famous: „I am not interested in the success in the eyes of the world. I believe we should all try to become successful in the terms of our own holiness. That has nothing to do with becoming world famous or with performing some obvious, dramatically good deeds. It is all about faithfulness, with our vicinity with God and our decision for Him to be at the first place in our lives“, said Magnus who gave a testimony at the Youth Festival last year here in Medjugorje: „I really like coming for the Youth Festival each year. There are many beautiful things every year, but also some new ones. The Youth Festival thrills me each time even though I know many people who converted here and whose lives we changed here in Medjugorje. There are so many fruits coming from this place. We all need messages of Medjugorje even though those aren't anything new, those messages are from the Gospel. Our Lady is inviting us to return to that message of Gospel. We need that call, it is return to Her Son, therefore I find it so inspiring to come here and to see so many young people praying on their knees before Jesus, as that is what the world needs now so much“.
Source: Medjugorje. hr
Fruits of Medjugorje in the world
Sana Nassar from Lebanon is the founder of the non-profitable organisation "Friends of Mary, the Queen of Peace". Sana said that the fruits of Medjugorje are very impressive in Lebanon: „I know it is Gospa's wish for this to be the same all over the world. She would like her plan to be realised in the whole world, and that is for all of the people to get to know her Son Jesus, to start loving Him and to decide for Heaven. She is doing that in the very strong way, in Lebanon but in every other country where she is present“. Sana said that the youth is very responsive to Our Lady's call: „That is such a big proof that Our Lady here in Medjugorje has initiated something really great. Many priests and bishops told me when they see young people praying in this way, or fasting, which is not so easy for them, that it really fills them with hope. Young people are coming here and praying for hours. Youth in Lebanon or at the other places are attending the prayer meetings deriving from Medjugorje and often pray on their knees for hours. For me, that is a 'miracle', a 'grace' coming from Medjugorje, which eventually gives us will to do what Gospa wants us to do and to pray. We need to work the most with our youth and Gospa also gives them so much attention, as they are our future, the youth is the triumph of Gospa's heart“.
Source: Medjugorje. hr