SPIRITUAL PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS
In the house "Domus Pacis" in Medjugorje, prayer and fasting retreats have begun as preparation for Christmas on the following dates: 5-10 Dec., 11-16 Dec., 19-24 Dec.
NOVENA FOR CHRISTMAS
Also in preparation for Christmas, the Shrine of Medjugorje will be preparing a novena of prayer on the Hill of Apparitions where the rosary will be prayed every day at 2:00 pm.
NEW YEAR IN MEDJUGORJE
Just like all the years before, a prayer vigil has been organized for the 31 of December. This will begin at 10:00 pm and will end with Holy Mass at midnight.
We ask all those who receive the monthly message of Our Lady on the 25th, to please let us know in which language(s) you wish to receive the message (Fax No.642-709).
COURSE ON PRAYER AND INFORMATION
In Tucepi near Makarska, a course on prayer and information will be organized for the responsible of prayer groups, organizers of pilgrimages and those in charge of humanitarian aid tied toMedjugorje. The course will begin on the 2nd of April, 1995 at 7:00 pm with Holy Mass and will end on the 6th of April with a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. the program will be published in a forthcoming bulletin.
YOUTH PRAYER FESTIVAL 1995
Due to the great interest of many young people, we are already announcing that the Youth Prayer Festival will begin on the 31st of July with the evening Mass and will end on the 6th of August with Holy Mass on Krizevac.
MESSAGE TO BENEFACTORS
How many times, dear friends, you have told us that the activities tied to the distribution of humanitarian aid take you away from prayer which is the principal reason of your coming to Medjugorje. Conscious of the great love and the great effort that you invest to help our people at this time, we would like to propose to you to deposit your gifts at the Parish House when you arrive to Medjugorje. From there they will be distributed to the people according to needs. In this way you can consecrate yourself to prayer at the Oasis of the Queen of Peace, and those who have needs will know where to look for help.
PROTECTING THE MOUNTAINS
We ask all pilgrims to please refrain from lighting any candles on the Hill of Apparitions or on Krizevac. Because of the wind there is always a great danger of causing fires. If you desire to light a candle the proper place is at the cross on the side behind the church.
Medjugorje is not only an oasis of prayer, but also an oasis of peace in these troubled times. Only at the beginning of the war, three years ago, we experienced danger in Medjugorje. After this, this has not happened again. The front line is far from Medjugorje and the pilgrims are not running any danger. The safe route to get to Medjugorje is through Croatia. Those that come by plane can fly to Split and continue by bus to Medjugorje. By car you can come through the Adriatic coast coming through Split. By boat you can come to any Croatian port and continue the route towards Medjugorje.
FEAST OF SAINT NICHOLAS
On the 6th of December, on the Feast of Saint Nicholas, a great number of childeren from the village and refugees gathered in the church in Medjugorje to celebrate. The coming of "Saint Nicholas" filled the hearts of the children, specially the refugee children who were far from home.
Because of the war, many of the blood drives are organized often in the Shrine of Medjugorje , specially on the big feasts, since many wish to donate their blood for the needs of the people from our country. We would also like to thank all those who have donated blood with so much love. May the Child Jesus fill you with His joy and blessings.
FOUNDATION OF THE TOURISM OFFICE
On the 25th of November, the tourism office was founded in Citluk to watch (among other things) the quality and the price of the housing of the pilgrims in Medjugorje. The parish priest of Medjugorje , Fr. Ivan Lankdeka, has spoken with the directors of the Commune of Citluk with the aim of preserving and protecting the Hill of Apparitions, Krizevac and its surroundings from any behavior contrary to the spirit of the place.
GORAN IVANSEVIC IN MEDJUGORJE
The best Croatian tennis player, Goran Ivansevic, visited Medjugorje on the 25th of November with his spiritual father Fr. Josip Coric, Parish Priest of the Split Cathedral. Goran Ivansevic said that Medjugorje has greatly changed his life.
CARDINAL PULJIC VISITS MEDJUGORJE
Cardinal Puljic, Archbishop of Sarajevo, named Cardinal by Pope John Paul II on the 26th of November of 1994 has visited Medjugorje on the 6th of December after a stay in Rome and after visiting the Franciscan University in the island of Brac. The Cardinal was accompanied by his personal secretary, Fr. Ivo Tomasevic. The Cardinal met the Franciscans from this parish in the parish House for a warm dialogue that lasted one hour. Friends and pilgrims in Medjugorje coming from Italy have donated to the Diocese of Sarajevo and ambulance full of medicines due to the fact that the communication by plane from Split to Sarajevo has been interrupted. Cardinal Puljic and his secretary left to Sarajevo on the ambulance that was donated.
Published by: INFORMATIVNI CENTAR MIR - Svetiste Kraljice Mira (Information Center MIR - Shrine of the Queen of Peace), 88266 Medjugorje.
Last Modified 11/22/2002