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20th Anniversary of the Franciscan Youth Medjugorje

20th Anniversary of the Franciscan Youth Medjugorje

date: 22.01.2016.

On Sunday, January 31, 2016, the Franciscan Youth Medjugorje will celebrate the ceremony of vows and promises as a part of the evening Holy Mass. At the same time, it will be celebration of their 20th Anniversary and they will be preparing for this event with three day prayer programme. Every night from January 28 - 30, they will be praying Rosary on Apparition Hill at 8.30 p.m. „We invite all former members of the Franciscan Youth to come and to join us during this prayer so we would all together pray for our Youth.“ The YouFra Medjugorje is active since 1995, and they were originally part of the group of youth led by Fr. Slavko Barbaric. Thanks to their prayer, music and many other activities, the life of this parish is more enriched in the spiritual terms.

Source: Medjugorje. hr

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Prayer educational seminar for girls held in Medjugorje

Prayer educational seminar for girls held in Medjugorje

date: 20.01.2016.

In the period from January 15-17, 2016 around twenty girls from the various parts of Herzegovina participated at the seminar held in Domus Pacis in Medjugorje, organised by the Franciscan School Sisters from Mostar. The leader of the seminar was Sr. Danijela Brekalo, and girls spent time in prayer, everyday celebration of Holy Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and prayer of the Rosary with meditations on Apparition Hill. One of the participants said: „I became aware of myself and how much God loves me and how He gives me all in the right time for me. Besides talking to my dear sister, what really helped me were lectures on love, prayer of Rosary, Holy Confession and Holy Mass, as well as e time on Apparition Hill. I would like to encourage all those who are reading this to pray to God in the days of joy, but especially in the days of sorrow and pain, as that prayer is really answered in the best way. Also, be patient, God is not going to do something at the time when we want, but exactly at the time best for that and trust me, it is always better than anything expected. I would like to use this occasion to thank Francsican School Sisters from Mostar who are conducting such beautiful and amazing retreats. Also, all those who feel desire or need to experience something like this, I would like to advise to do that as you are certainly not going to lose anything, but in return will gain a lot“.

Source: Medjugorje. hr

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Married couple Tereza and Miroslav Ljubic: "People find peace and prayer in Medjugorje"

Married couple Tereza and Miroslav Ljubic: "People find peace and prayer in Medjugorje"

date: 17.01.2016.

The spiritual renewal of families was recently held in Medjugorje when whole families came and there were around 200 participants, 90 children among them. Tereza and Miroslav Ljubic from Kastel Luksic came and two of them fostered two children after being in a marriage without their own children. They spoke about their testimony of faith and relying on Jesus and the help of God in the programme of radio Medjugorje. Miroslav said that he came here for the first time ten years ago: " I saw that people were coming here for one day, but I feel one cannot have experience of Medjugorje in one day only, one needs to stay here longer. You can see how people find peace here, they find prayer, when so many people are praying Rosary, miracles need to happen. Medjugorje is a place of prayer, of special relationship towards Our Lady, while the biggest grace is in confessionals." Tereza said that they as family are everyday praying Rosary: "Rosary was hard for children in the beginning as they were not in the centre of attention. Today, each of them says one decade every time we pray. We are directing them to faith, to know that only faith could help them in their lives."

Source: Medjugorje. hr

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The fourteenth anniversary of Fr. Leonard Orec’s death

The fourteenth anniversary of Fr. Leonard Orec’s death

date: 16.01.2016.
On Thursday, January 21, we will commemorate the fourteenth anniversary of death of former Medjugorje parish priest and the founder of religious – humanitarian organization “Medjugorje – Mir”, Fr. Leonard Orec (born in Posuski Gradac, 1928 – died in Zagreb, 2002). Fr. Leonard served in Medjugorje from 1988 to 1991, in that period he served as a parish priest for more than one year. During those three years, he indeed left a permanent mark as a wise and experienced priest, and fervour promoter of Our Lady’s messages of peace and reconciliation. In 1992, he established humanitarian association “Medjugorje – Mir”, that is still active. Since 1997, Fr. Leonard was active in the General Curia of the Franciscan Order in Split, until 2001, when he got seriously ill. It was in those last days that he had celebrated his 50th Jubilee of Priesthood and then he died in Zagreb on January 21, 2002. He was buried on January 23, in Posusje.

Source: Medjugorje. hr

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The Anniversary of the solemn blessing of Medjugorje parish church

The Anniversary of the solemn blessing of Medjugorje parish church

date: 14.01.2016.

This year we are remembering 47 years since the church of St. James was built and solemnly blessed. After the parish was founded in 1892, the first parish church, very spacious and beautiful for the circumstances back then, was soon completed in 1897. Due to the unstable ground on which it was built, the walls began to crack and the building began to sink, so immediately after the World War I, parishioners began to think about the construction of the new church. The works initiated in 1934, and were completed on January 19, 1969, when this church was blessed. The church of St. James today is the centre of sacramental and prayer life not just of the parishioners, but of pilgrims from all over the world.

Source: Medjugorje. hr

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 00:00

The experiences of Medjugorje pilgrims

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The experiences of Medjugorje pilgrims

The experiences of Medjugorje pilgrims

date: 13.01.2016.

These first days of January are a period that is a bit more quiet, with few smaller groups from Korea, the United States, Italy and Germany. It was not so long ago that a young girl from Bavaria, Maria, arrived to Medjugorje. This is her fifth visit and this is what she told us: „When one arrives here, feels as this is indeed one Church, regardless of where did someone come from, that this is one community, one Body of Christ, gathered in the atmosphere of peace that comes only from Heaven. I feel that these messages we hear are surely very important to us youth and I also regularly read the messages that the Queen of Peace gives us. Those messages can sometimes seem difficult, but when it comes to me, I feel my progress is happening as I was brought up in the religious family and raised in the faith ever since my birth. Nevertheless, monthly confession, reading of the Holy Bible always requires certain victory over ourselves, a kind of renunciation, but once we get over that, it becomes the beauty“.

Source: Medjugorje. hr

Thursday, 07 January 2016 00:00

Epiphany in Međugorje

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Epiphany in Međugorje

Epiphany in Međugorje

date: 07.01.2016.

The Feast of Epiphany was solemnly celebrated on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Along with the parishioners, there were pilgrims from Korea, Soain, Italy, France and the United States. Four Holy Masses in Croatian language were celebrated, as well as one in Italian, French, English and Korean language. This is the time when the priests are blessing homes in Medjugorje parish and this Feast is opportunity for the blessing of the parish house. Fr. Marinko Šakota, Fr. Ivan Landeka Jr., Fr. Hrvoje Miletić as well as the Franciscan School Sisters Sr. Mira Soldo, Sr. Irena Azinović, and Sr. Vesna Glavota gathered for this solemn blessing and prayer and singing of Christmas carols. Facilities of radio Mir Medjugorje were also blessed and Fr. Marinko blessed the whole parish and all listeners of this radio.

Source: Medjugorje.hr

Sunday, 03 January 2016 00:00

The Youth Festival 2016 in Medjugorje

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The Youth Festival 2016 in Medjugorje

The Youth Festival 2016 in Medjugorje

Medjugorje, 01. 08. - 06. 08. 2016.

It was only few months ago that we had the 26th Youth Festival that gathered large number of the participants from all over the world. We are already preparing for the next on that will begin on August 1, 2016, not on July 31, 2016. The Youth Festival will finish on August 6, 2016. The organisers would like to inform all of the youth that due to the World Youth Day with Holy Father Francis in Poland, the next Youth Festival will exceptionally begin one day later. We expect you all, dear young people, to join us at the 27th Youth Festival in Medjugorje, they said. These prayer meetings were initiated by late Fr. Slavko Barbaric in 1990, when he gathered around 100 young people, two guitar players and the event was held in the green tent (located where the Hall of St. John Paul II is today). The number of the participants was increased each year and this is now the biggest event in Medjugorje.

Source: Medjugorje. hr

Friday, 01 January 2016 00:00

Statistics for December, 2015. MEĐUGORJE

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Statistics for December, 2015. MEĐUGORJE

Statistics for December, 2015.

date: 01.01.2016.

Number of Holy Communions: 74 500

Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1373 (44 per day)

In the previous 2015 there have been 1 800 400 Holy Communions given in the church, and total of 38 870 priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses.

Source: Medjugorje. hr

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New Year's Eve in Medjugorje in prayer and in music

New Year's Eve in Medjugorje in prayer and in music

date: 01.01.2016.

Parishioners and thousands of pilgrims from all over the world were in Medjugorje for the celebration of New Year's Eve in prayer and in music. There were organised groups fro Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Ukraine, Korea, the United States, Czech Republic, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, Hungary and Slovakia. There were many young people from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Fr.Dragan Ružić, with 42 priest concelebrating, was the main celebrant of the evening Holy Mass of Thanksgiving at 6 pm on December 31, 2015. That was opportunity to thank for all good that the Lord granted to this parish through the Queen of Peace. Fr. Dragan Bolčić led the prayer of Rosary at 5 pm, and the live nativity scene followed immediately after Holy Mass, performance given by the members of Cenacolo community. The prayer programme for the New Year's Eve started at 10 pm with vigil before the Blessed Sacrament, led by Fr. Stanko Ćosić. Fr. Vjeko Milićević was the main celebrant of the Midnight Holy Mass, with more than 80 priests concelebrating. The church of St. James, area around the church, White Dome and the Yellow Building were packed with many people who were joyfully praying and praising God. The whole programme was broadcast live on radio Mir Medjugorje. Late Fr. Slavko Barbarić was the one who initiated this celebration of New Year's Eve in this way, and ever since that time, the number of pilgrims who decide to be here on this special day, to have this celebration in a different way than ordinary, in prayer and in praising God.

Source: Medjugorje. hr

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