[Source: Children of Medjugorje]
Be careful, many fake messages are invading the Internet!! A message attributed to the Blessed Mother and supposedly given to the visionary Ivan has been going around the world for years on the Internet. It concerns the news of an imminent catastrophe in Lebanon, etc. Ivan, who was asked about it by an American friend, formally denied it. Evidently, the tone of the message is absolutely not according to our Mother’s way. It sows useless panic and distracts us from what our Mother teaches us in her true messages. Another one is going around concerning France. It is fake too! Also, why would the Gospa need to give messages of this importance to some private circles (knowing that it would be widely spread a minute later on the internet!), when she can simply do it through her normal chanels, in her monthly messages of the 25th and of the 2nd?! It would be foolish!
The safest thing is to rely on the official messages published by the parish or by serious sites linked to Medjugorje, and to start living them.
The trap is to let oneself be caught by alarming news that create trouble rather than a conversion of the heart and peace. Let everyone decide this: When a message does not come from a sure source, let’s not forward it to our email contacts. A lot of trouble would be avoided thus! To go back to the source of the information and check it, is the only sure way to be certain of the truth and transmit it!
Unlike in Canada, the Feast days of Corpus Christi and Ascension are observed in Catholic countries on Thursday – Corpus Christi Thursday being the day of the week on which Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist, and Ascension Thursday being 40 days after Easter. In Catholic countries, these two are “Holidays of Obligation.” They are public holidays, and all Catholics are obliged to go to Mass on those days. So too is the Feast day of St. John the Baptist a Holiday of Obligation.
This year, Corpus Christi fell on Thursday June 23rd, the Feast day of St. John the Baptist was on Friday the 24th, the thirtieth Anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance in Medjugorje on Saturday the 25th, followed by Sunday on the 26th. That was a very long week-end! The number of pilgrims was extraordinarily large. During those four days, all morning Masses were in the Croatian language for the parishioners and lasted till noon; therefore the English Masses began at 12:00pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was celebrated every night during the Novena prior to, and in preparation for, the Anniversary. The overnight Adoration on the Anniversary did not end till 5:00 on Sunday morning.
That was the only time this sequence of events ever happened in Medjugorje. It will be the 114th Anniversary before it will be repeated in the year 2095. The last time Corpus Christi Thursday fell on the 23rd of June was way back in 1859.
Because of the late Easter, the Feast days of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary were pushed back to July 1st and 2nd respectively. As you can see, our pilgrims had many special celebrations in Medjugorje this year, including the big Feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29th. Fr. Kevin characterized that Mass, whose main celebrant was our Fr. Peter Leung, as ‘beautiful’ and a ‘highlight.’