NOTICES AND UPDATES

A light that shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overpower. (John 1 : 5)

Coronavirus (Covid-19) confirmed in Medjugorje

March 29, 2020

Franciscan Provincial Fr Miljenko Šteko has announced that the three nuns working in the Mother’s Village in Medjugorje-Bijakovici, and who reside in the monastery in Miletina, have been tested positive for coronavirus along with two Franciscan priests, one in the service of the nuns and another as a confessor in Medjugorje.

 

All relevant authorities have been notified and necessary actions taken according to regulations and prescribed measures.

 

The Franciscan Province of Herzegovina, in agreement with the Apostolic Visitor to Medjugorje, will provide pastoral care for the parish and all that is necessary to function in these conditions.

 

Fr Miljenko stressed that this is credible information and recommends prayer for the friars, sisters and all the sick people for healing throught the intercession of the Queen of Peace.

The Deer’s Cry

March 29, 2020

In Our Lady’s latest message she says “God will hear your cries  and give you  peace.” It reminded me of the famous prayer of protection, The Deer’s Cry, attributed to St Patrick, part of which is reproduced below.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,


Christ behind me, Christ before me,


Christ beside me, Christ to win me,


Christ to comfort and restore me.


Christ beneath me, Christ above me,


Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,


Christ in hearts of all that love me,


Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Why did the apparitions to Mirjana end?

March 23, 2020

So just why did Our Lady’s monthly apparitons to Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo come to a sudden end with the announcement on March 18 that she would no longer appear to the Medjugorje seer on the 2nd day of each month? There’s a simple and straight-forward reason… more at this link.

Restrictions on gatherings at Medjugorje

March 20, 2020

The coronavirus crisis has brought restrictions on gatherings in Bosnia Herzegovina. At Medjugorje the weekly parish rosary which normally takes place on Apparition Hill each Friday has been suspended. So has the parish Sunday Stations of the Cross on Mt Krizevac. Gatherings at Mass are restricted, too, and there are no concelebrating priests. Limits on the movement of people under 18 and those over the age of 65 are also in operation.

International Pilgrimage for Disabled cancelled

March 20, 2020

Because of the coronavirus crisis, another international prayer event scheduled for Medjugorje has been cancelled by the organisers. The 9th International Pilgrimage for Disabled Children and Persons with Disabilities was due to take place at Medjugorje from June 14-17.
source: medjugorje-info.com

Plenary indulgence during coronavirus crisis

March 20, 2020

The Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary has granted a plenary indulgence for people with COVID-19 and for those who care for them, including medical staff and family members, and for those who pray for them. Announced Friday, a plenary indulgence is granted to Catholics who, infected with the coronavirus and quarantined at home or the hospital by order of health officials, participate spiritually in a devotion such as the rosary or the Way of the Cross. More at this link.

Words of encouragement

March 20, 2020

Parish priest Fr Marinko Sakota OFM, offers words of encouragement from Medjugorje during the coronavirus crisis. The recorded message is posted on YouTube at this link.

March... a month of Annunciations

March 19, 2020

It is interesting to note that Our Lady’s surprise ‘annunciation’ to Mirjana, informing the seer she would no longer receive monthly apparitions, happened a week before the Mother of Jesus is scheduled to appear to the seer Marija on March 25 – the same day the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord when the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. Just wondering...

Mirjana’s apparitions: ended or suspended?

March 19, 2020

There’s some confusion in the reporting of Mirjana’s monthly apparitions having ended. Have the apparitions ended, or are they just simply suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak around the world and the restrictions placed on travel and entry into Bosnia Herzegovina?

Parish website stays silent on apparitions ending

March 19, 2020

The Medjugorje parish website has published Our Lady’s message given annually to the visionary Mirjana on March 18 – as it always does – but no information on the news that Mirjana will no longer receive Our Lady’s apparition on the 2nd of every month. The parish website has never promoted or published the message given to Mirjana on these occassions, unlike the monthly message given to Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti.

Monthly apparitions to Mirjana have ended

March 18, 2020

News still to be confirmed officially is that the Medjugorje seer Mirjana Soldo will no longer receive an apparition of Our Lady on the second day of each month, but will still appear to her annually, as she has always, on March 18. This, apparently, was told to Mirjana by Our Lady at the end of today’s annual apparition which took place in the seer’s home.

Living in a time of grace with the coronavirus

March 18, 2020

The recent Medjugorje message from Our Lady, given through the seer Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti, spoke of living in “a time of grace” and “attachment to earthly things”. A similar message was issued by the Heavenly Mother some fourteen years ago. At that time, Fr Ljubo Kurtović, a former pastor at Medjugorje, provided a commentary... more at this link.

Outdoor Eucharistic celebrations

March 18, 2020

The Medjugorje parish website issued this notice today: “Following the directions and regulations of Episcopal Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina, that all Eucharistic celebrations, when and if possible are held outdoors and that large crowd gatherings are avoided, the evening prayer programme shall be held at the White Dome of St James church as of today, March 17, 2020. Once again, we remind you that the evening prayer programme is live streamed on http://www.medjugorje.hr/hr/live-streaming/, and we, again, use this opportunity to invite you all to share this information with the others, so we all, in union with Christ, would be praying for the whole world. Let us pray and be entrusted to the intercession of the Queen of Peace, and in these challenging times for each of us, let us persevere in faith and prudence.”

Hail, glorious St Patrick!

March 17, 2020

On this bright St Patrick’s Day, as I looked out of a window from the A&E department, and across the street to the church and school I attended in my early years, happy memories came flooding back while I waited for the results of my blood tests. Both school and church are named after St Patrick. The outcome of my blood tests was favourable and I was not detained at hospital.

A stay-at-home pilgrimage

March 17, 2020

“A pilgrimage is a journey, assigned by God. It brings the pilgrim, not only to a physical place, but also out of himself and into the presence of God. All else falls away. There is only the child, his Father, and eternity…”

 

Fr Svetozar Kraljevic OFM

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